18 May 1998

Taking the alternative route

Set for a Big City firm and big pay packet? Not neccessarily. Daniel Holden looks at the options for those not entering private practice. Daniel Holden is a freelance journalist. Private practice for solicitors and barristers is the most sought after career choice for students having completed a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Legal Practice […]

Hoddle sues Geller for libel

England boss, Glen Hoddle is heading for a High Court confrontation with international psychic Uri Geller. He is seeking damages for slander, libel and malicious falsehood over a comment Geller made in a News of the World story headed “Hands of Hodd”. Hoddle, who is represented by Pictons of St Albans, is also suing News […]

Leeds Uni sets up cyberlaw unit

LEEDS University Law Faculty has set up the UK’s first cyberlaw research unit to examine the unregulated areas of the Internet. The unit consists of five members of staff and several PhD students, headed by lecturer David Wall who launched the university’s first cyberlaw course last year. Unit staff are currently working on two legal […]

Leap year 2000 could stop firms mid-flight

LAW firms intent on guarding themselves against the millenium “bug” and ensuring they are euro-compliant now have to address a third, less well-known problem, according to independent legal IT consultant Neil Cameron. Cameron believes many software designers will not have taken into account thefact that the year 2000 will be a leap year. This is […]

How to get ahead at the Bar

What does it take to make a glittering career at the Bar? A brilliant intellect? A wonderful courtroom presence and speaking voice? No, baby barristers, it is none of these. For those of you about to set sail in the choppy waters of the Bar, there follows the real insider’s guide to making it big […]

Demand rises for "know-how' staff

THE recent explosion of mergers and the tendency towards specialisation will lead to a sharp rise in the number of law firms employing “know-how” managers to share out information, recruitment consultants have predicted. Know-how managers act as a bridge between the legal and the IT departments of the firm. The majority of the top 20 […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/5/98

Malcolm Francis Turnbull, 52, admitted 1973, practising until April 1991 in partnership of Turnbull Williams, each partner then pursuing his own career elsewhere, struck off. Turnbull adjudged bankrupt on 12 October, 1993 after which Law Society granted him a conditional practising certificate. He had ceased to practise as a solicitor in July 1996. Allegations substantiated […]

Right to appeal over tenancy

The Law Lords are to look into the circumstances giving rise to creation of secure or assured tenancies, in a challenge to possession moves by a London housing trust. Gary Bruton, who is the temporary occupier of a flat in Lambeth which is pending re-development, claims he is entitled to tenancy rights protecting him from […]

Bristol lecturers resign and threaten legal action claim

NINE out of Bristol University’s 10 Legal Practice Course (LPC) lecturers have defected to the University of the West of England (UWE) and threatened their old employers with an unfair dismissal claim. The dramatic move follows months of uncertainty about the future of Bristol University’s 100-place LPC course after the university’s senate voted to close […]

Barristers accused of arrogance and self-importance

MEMBERS of the public have showered the Bar Council’s new complaints body with complaints accusing their barristers of “arrogance”, “self-importance” and “rudeness”. Complaints against barristers have rocketed by nearly 30 per cent since the Bar Council introduced a controversial complaints procedure last April. The rise – from 431 complaints in 1996 to 551 last year […]

US work ethic

Elisha Flax says that being part of a US law firm which is based in London brings both rewards and risks. Elisha Flax is a solicitor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. When I first thought about joining a US firm in London, the questions that crossed my mind were standard concerns: will they […]

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