14 October 1996


Travers Smith Braitwaite advised Select Industries on its reverse takeover by industrial corporate development group Gartland Whalley and Barker and its subsequent £2m placing on the AIM. Garrett & Co advised Gartland Whalley and Barker.

Good works need to be coordinated

The Law Society has displayed a startling lack of leadership on the issue of pro bono work. Despite the obvious public relations benefits, there is a need for a unit to co-ordinate the various schemes run by law firms. The Bar has already taken action – it set up a pro bono unit earlier this […]


Lewis Silkin acted as solicitors on the placing of shares in Interoute Communications to raise £10m in new money

Fighting for fairness

Dianna Kempe, IBA secretary general and the highest ranking woman in the organisation, is a busy woman. The only contender in this year’s IBA elections to face a challenge, she has an action-packed agenda. She was in London at the opening of the legal year, which coincided with a Bar leaders’ meeting to discuss the […]


Solicitors rally for UK pro bono scheme

LEADING solicitors are to gather in London to discuss plans to set up a national solicitors’ pro bono service. The open meeting next month has been organised by leading charity lawyer Andrew Phillips and is backed by the Law Society and the national charity Business in the Community, which coordinates free legal advice to community […]

Proactive advice

According to one lawyer, working with accountants could be improved by their becoming “less expensive, more proactive, and [making] more work introductions”. No doubt accountants would say the same about lawyers. This is the third year that The Lawyer and accountancy firm Baker Tilly have conducted a joint survey of law firms’ views of the […]

Pushing back frontiers

While some countries such as the Czech Republic have progressed rapidly since abandoning communism and adopting market economies, Romania has experienced a more difficult transition. Yet several foreign law firms, taking a long-term view of the Romanian market’s potential, have established themselves in the country. Political and economic independence is a relatively new experience for […]

Linklaters' head in Law Soc's Far East venture

LINKLATERS & Paines senior partner, Charles Allen-Jones, is to head a new Law Society working party which aims to encourage ties with the Far East. The group will support law firms already established in the the region and encourage others to tout for business there. It will concentrate on Malaysia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong […]

Law Soc shoulders Regis blame

AT ONE stage during the installation of the Law Society’s new computer system, the travel budget of its London-based technicians ran out. This meant they were unable to travel to the society’s Redditch office, where those using the troubled Regis computer system were based. Instead, staff at Redditch had to make the arduous journey to […]

In brief: Firm eases path to debt recovery

A specialist debt recovery firm is marketing itself to potential clients as having a proven track record in enhancing companies’ relationship with debtors. Uxbridge-based 11-partner practice Turberville Woodbridge describes the service as being particularly suitable for firms that have an on-going contractual or service agreement with the debtor. The firm won a three-year contract, employing […]

Hammonds wins insolvency ace

Insolvency specialist Tim Pope has been recruited by Hammond Suddards from Dibb Lupton Broomhead, where he was a senior partner. Pope joins partner and national head of Hammonds’ insolvency department Stephen Gale in the London office, which now numbers six licensed insolvency practitioners. According to Pope, the department is still recruiting “but below partner level […]

Survey on CPS finds morale is suffering

MORE than half the CPS’s staff believe they are not treated with fairness and respect, according to a survey carried out by the service’s senior managers. The survey, which has been distributed among staff, pre-empts a major poll to test the opinions and morale of the service’s lawyers which is being conducted by the CPS […]

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