2 November 1998

Page three model claims agent cover-up

A model claims her agent took over half her earnings and failed to give her a true account of her work. Roger Pearson reports. One of the tabloid press’s favourite topless models is heading for a High Court confrontation with her agent. Jordan, whose real name is Katie Price, is suing her agent, Helen Smith, […]

Tacograph law under scrutiny

The Law Lords are to consider an application for leave to challenge a ruling centring on whether it is necessary for highway maintenance vehicles to have tacographs. Anthony Cheetham was prosecuted by Sleaford magistrates for driving a truck without a tacograph. The decision was set aside on appeal but was then sent back to the […]

Judgement Day for civil justice reforms is nigh

The launch of Lord Woolf’s reforms is imminent, but Elizabeth Davidson finds that preparations are still very much in the preliminary stages. IF you believe the civil justice doom merchants, Armageddon will strike on 1 April 1999 – the date when the long-awaited Woolf reforms are due to be unleashed on the world. The spirit […]

Cultural and legal diversity is worth more than the tourist trap

Martin Bowley QC says that conventions offer an ideal opportunity to gain a fresh perspective of the issues that concern the profession Flying transatlantic last week on my way back from my eighth ABA annual meeting in Toronto, I pondered Chris Fogarty’s question in The Lawyer: “What’s in it for legal convention freaks like you?” […]

Brand names bite back

The Silhouette case has provided limited protection for trade mark owners. But caution must still be exercised to control the grey market within Europe, warns Brian March. Brian March is senior partner at Wildbore & Gibbons and president of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. We have all witnessed the extraordinary growth in the power […]

Financings

John Russell of Simmons & Simmons is advising BAT Industries on its $3bn euro medium term note programme. Boyan Wells of Allen & Overy advised investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

The jury's out

A government paper does nothing to defend the liberty offered by the jury system, writes Bruce Houlder QC. Bruce Houlder QC is the vice chairman of the public affairs committee at the Bar Council. The Government consultation paper regarding mode of trial in either-way cases picks and chooses material gleaned from the Narey Report of […]

BT joint venture driven by team of 15

British Telecom has used an even bigger team of in-house lawyers on its AT&T joint venture than it used on its aborted £12bn-megamerger with MCI. American Jack Greenberg, director of legal services for BT’s global communications arm, headed a team of 15 in-house lawyers worldwide, which pulled together the complicated agreement that will create a […]

UN Resources Centre

The ABA has signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme to set up a Resources Centre for Technical Legal Assistance. International sector chair Bill Hannay said the deal meant that the ABA would provide countries that wanted to revamp their legal systems with resources, judges and lawyers.

US lawyers to help China organise independent Bar

US lawyers are to assist China in developing measures to promote the rule of law. The American Bar Association last week announced a historic agreement with the All China Lawyers Association (ACLA) to work together on a number of projects. These include programmes to encourage the development of an organised independent Bar and training ACLA […]

In brief: Image and focus change on Paisners' agenda

City firm Paisner & Co has appointed communications consultancy Fishburn Hedges to help build the firm’s profile and reposition it in the marketplace. Announcing the appointment, senior partner Harold Paisner said: “We want potential clients and recruits to have a better understanding of the core of our business, which is corporate, property and litigation work […]

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