16 November 1998

Too few stars at the public bar

Solicitors reluctantly spill the beans on which silks at the public bar they rate, perhaps in fear of losing the services of one of the precious few able QCs in this area to rival firms. Not all solicitors are entirely happy with the service they are getting at the public bar. Although most solicitors are […]

Book of the week

Blackstone’s Police Manual Indispensable for any young assistant solicitor who is out on a heavy night of drinking. Amaze your friends as you quote section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 when the police stop you as you are leap-frogging parking metres, and get them to call your mother citing section 4 of the Protection […]

Ericsson brought in to manage CPS telephone system

THE Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has outsourced national responsibility for its voice communications services for the next seven years to telecommunications company Ericsson. International telecommunications systems suppliers Ericsson will manage voice communications across the CPS’ 100 sites, including voice mail, fax, paging and mobile phone facilities. The Charles Douglas Organisation, a firm of telecoms specialists, […]

Heaven knows he's miserable now

Young pop hopefuls must get early legal advice or face the bitter and costly courtroom fate of The Smiths, writes Roger Pearson. The value of getting early legal advice in business arrangements was illustrated in Joyce v Morrissey & ors, the recent Court of Appeal case involving ex-members of 1980s pop icons, The Smiths. A […]

British Romanian seminar

The British Romanian Legal Association has held its first seminar on Romanian Law at the Law Society. Speakers included Brigid Lowe of Simmons & Simmons, Campbell Steedman of Norton Rose and Calin Zamfirescu, vice-president of the Bucharest Bar, who explained the Bar’s restrictions on how UK firms practice in the country.

Law Soc slams 'lawyer-basher' Straw over laundering moves

Proposals to tighten up the law on solicitors who fail to tell police of clients they suspect of money laundering, have been condemned as Home Office “lawyer-bashing”. Last week Home Secretary Jack Straw announced a series of measures to combat high-rolling criminals involved in drug dealing and organised crime. He proposed a new criminal offence […]

Partner quits Pinsents for Wragge & Co

A partner in Pinsent Curtis Birmingham employment practice has quit to join rivals Wragge & Co as an associate. Jane Ellis, tipped as a rising star in the city, joins Wragge’s team under Martin Chitty who also quit as a partner at Pinsent Curtis three years ago. Ellis was only made a salaried partner in […]

In brief: 28-year-old becomes partner at Midlands firm

Lorraine Emery, 28, (right) has become the youngest partner at 11-partner Coventry and Leamington firm Alsters. Emery, who is joint secretary of the Warwickshire Law Society’s young lawyers group, joined the firm two years ago as a civil litigation assistant solicitor.

Will MDPs bring salvation to the high street?

Many sole practitioners see MDPs as their only chance of survival, but others still insist they are ‘the devil’s work’. Tim Watkin reports. Only Two wooden doors separate Patrick Hurd’s office from Hughes Allen – a top 50 accountancy firm. The few paces between the two doors protect his independence as a lawyer, but the […]

Ex-Dibbs head joins rival firm

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s former managing partner Paul Rhodes is joining arch-rivals Hammond Suddards as national head of insolvency and corporate recovery. Rhodes has been brought in by Hammond Suddards’ managing partner Chris Jones – who is also an insolvency lawyer – with a brief to establish a team “capable of dominating the market”. Rhodes’ move […]

Software suppliers in fury over Law Society IT guide

Legal software suppliers have attacked the Law Society for “doing a disservice to the legal profession”, and harming small businesses by producing a highly selective technology guide for the profession. The Law Society – which has a disastrous history of advising small firms about computers – was due this week to issue a free software […]

In house: Accountants must not get upper hand, warns C&G head of legal

THE chairman of the Law Society’s commerce and industry group has called on solicitors to make the most of multi-disciplinary partnerships (MDPs) and to make sure that accountants “don’t get it all their own way”. Speaking at the annual dinner of the commerce and industry group’s North West division, Paul Gilbert, head of legal at […]

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