2 February 1998

Chinese govt rules out hiring by foreign firms

A CLIENT with his trousers around his ankles is the provocative image being peddled by an after-the-event insurance company to promote its product on the back of the Government’s plans for legal aid. Greystoke Legal Services has teamed up with 160 law firms on its panel to run the 12-week newspaper campaign to promote its […]

Law Soc attacks LAB plan to cut back med neg firms

A LEGAL Aid Board (LAB) proposal to restrict the number of firms conducting medical negligence cases to only 90 has been slammed by the Law Society but welcomed by the group Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA). In its response to the government’s consultation paper on withdrawing legal aid from personal injury cases, the […]

Maclays launches IT due diligence venture

Glasgow firm Maclay Murray & Spens has formed a joint marketing venture with a management consultancy to offer clients an IT due diligence package which the firm claims is unique to the British mergers market. Under the arrangement, Maclays will offer clients acquiring new companies the services of Edinburgh-based HD Management’s IT due diligence unit, […]

Fourth CFA insurance policy unveiled

A NEW after-the-event legal insurance policy for conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) is due to be launched this week by two ex-employees of troubled legal insurer Brian Raincock. Last week The Lawyer revealed that Raincock’s company Litigation Protection had lost its contract with its sole underwriter, Isle of Man Assurance, eight of his legal insurance companies’ […]

Preparing for commercial life

In the wake of The Lawyer survey revealing widespread trainee disillusionment, Jacqueline Siers calls for more co-operation between academia and firms. Jacqueline Siers is chief executive of BPP Law School. Reading the articles about students seeking to leave the profession (The Lawyer, 19 May), I was struck not so much by what was said as […]

Law firms help rugby go professional

RUGBY’s new professional era is proving to be a boon to law firms Last week Bristol firm Alsters acted for Sale fly-half Simon Mannix on his transfer to Gloucester. Manchester firm Horwich Farrelly advised Sale on the deal and London-based Harrison Curtis advised Gloucester. Alsters’ solicitor Andrew Macmillan said: “We have had negotiations now with […]

In brief: Govt welcomes EU family convention

The Government welcomed last week’s signing of the Convention on Jurisdiction and Recognition and Enforcement in certain Family Matters by members of the European Union (EU). The convention will ensure that orders in member states in divorce cases will generally be recognised throughout the EU with the minimum of procedural requirements.

In brief: Quality assurance rating for legal dept

City of Westminster Council’s legal department has become the first local authority legal service in England to be awarded the Lloyd’s Register quality assurance ISO 9002 accreditation.

In brief: DAC appoints its new marketing director

Davies Arnold Cooper has appointed Paul Jaffa, chair of professional marketing association the Professional Services Marketing Group, as its marketing director. Jaffa was previously marketing director at chartered surveyor Weatherall Green & Smith.

Govt must centre on the needy

Law centres must play a central role in government reforms, argues Patrick Lefevre. Patrick Lefevre is a co-ordinator at Brent Community Law Centre in North London. As I listen to lawyers arguing in defence of the current legal aid scheme, I can find almost nothing good to say about the current civil scheme. The reality […]

A&O fails to get injunction after faxed evidence blunder

Allen & Overy has failed in its attempt to prevent documents it released by mistake being used by its opponents in long-running litigation. Mr Justice Lindsay last month refused to grant Allen & Overy an injunction on the use of four attendance notes which the firm had sent by mistake to seven defendants of a […]

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