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Edward Bentley. A court heard how the former solicitor lost u30,000 when shares he had invested in collapsed. The Cleveland solicitor’s solution was to steal $64,000 from a client’s mortgage account and jet off to Monte Carlo in a bid to place a one-off break-the-bank bet at a casino. After discovering the casino no longer […]

City firms woo US partners

CITY FIRMS Herbert Smith and Freshfields are bucking the transatlantic appointment trend by recruiting US lawyers. Herbert Smith is adding two new partners to its international securities practice. US lawyers Jim Wickenden and Allen Hanen will be joining in March this year from the London office of US investment bankers JP Morgan. Freshfields is gaining […]

Fairness at work to boost workload

Janet Gaymer, head of employment, Simmons and Simmons Georgina Keane, head of employment of law, Richards Butler Sarah Keeble, partner, Manches & Co Commercial employers fear the Employment Relations Bill – now at committee stage – will cause them major financial and managerial headaches, because of increased trade union recognition and the raising of unfair […]

Video plans dangerous say lawyers

LAWYERS have voiced concern that the use of videoconferencing to examine witnesses at trial and conduct prison interviews will be abused. Solicitors involved in the pilot scheme at three prisons – in Bristol, Manchester and Swindon – say there is a serious risk of conferences being monitored. Andrew Catzen, a partner at Moss & Co, […]

In-house barristers threat to split from Bar Council

The UK’s main in-house barristers’ group has threatened to split from the Bar Council if the extended rights of audience provisions for employed lawyers are dropped from the Access to Justice Bill. The warning from Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry (Bacfi) chairman Susan Ward comes just days after the chairman of the Law […]

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