20 April 1998

Litigation Personal Injury 21/4/98

Phillips v FW Francis QBD 27 January 1998 Claimant: Mark Phillips, 42 Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant suffered brain damage when his car collided with a heavy goods vehicle in April 1994. Other driver was convicted of careless driving. Claimant suffered personality change and his marriage has broken up. Once a microlight instructor, he […]

Drug-driving holds heavy risks

Roger Pearson looks at the implications of the most recent drug-driving ruling and the problems of ensuring that justice is carried out The risks faced by drink-drivers are well understood, but a recent High Court decision has revealed that drivers who smoke cannabis are running far greater and less known risks than those who drink. […]

Paul Gordon-Saker steps down after Dibbs review

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s highly-regarded insolvency partner Paul Gordon-Saker has been replaced as head of the insolvency department after a management review. Leeds partner Peter Cranston was appointed head on 8 April and will be spending two days a week in London as part of his new role. However, The Lawyer understands that Cranston was not […]

In brief: Non lawyers in privileges committee

Scottish Law Society president John Elliot wishes to point out that his speech on the establishment of a privileges committee emphasised that it should include lay-people and not “lawyers and lay-people” as stated in our report.

Union challenges CPS use of consultants

The union representing senior civil servants has asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), to provide all its staff with a copy of the Glidewell report, rather than using outside consultants to “put a spin” on it. In a sharply worded letter to CPS director of corporate services David Nooney this month, the First Division Association […]

Top QCs make crime pay

Solicitors look for different qualities in the silks they instruct, but there is no shortage of candidates, writes Matheu Swallow The criteria for assessing what makes a good silk is extremely difficult to pin down. One practitioner said the “first test was whether they are winners”, while another described it as “the ability to turn […]

Bevan Ashford's PFI partners jump ship to Bristol's Masons

Bevan Ashford’s two PFI partners are leaving to join Bristol rival Masons and the battle is on for the hearts and minds of the rest of their team. Leading projects player in the area and head of PFI Iain Fairbairn, together with partner Cathryn Vickers are working their notice from the firm. Two weeks ago, […]

White & Bowker apologises to Fladgate

Winchester-firm White & Bowker, which approached doz-ens of companies allegedly tak-en from a confidential Fladgate Fielder client list, has been forced to send letters of apology. The embarrassing climbdown comes only three weeks after White & Bowker told The Lawyer that it expected a large number of clients to join them from Fladgates’ Basingstoke office […]

In brief: Rowe & Maw appoints managing partner

Rowe & Maw’s head of litigation and dispute resolution group, Andrew Carruthers, takes over from Richard Powles as managing partner on 1 May. Powles, who was managing partners for six years, will now head the firm’s private client department. A spokesman from the firm said it had followed a “growing trend” among major law firms […]

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Shearmans and Skadden Arps win Citicorp deal

Lawyers played a “focal role” in the US$166bn Citicorp and Travelers merger claimed to be the largest ever according to James Healy, London partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, the US firm which is advising Travelers. Healy said that the lawyers’ role was raised by the fact that the deal took place with […]

Linklaters co-ordinator to “galvanise' pro bono work

Linklaters has become the second firm to hire a full-time officer to co-ordinate pro bono work by its lawyers and staff. Caroline Knighton joins the firm on 1 June to promote and co-ordinate all voluntary and pro bono work, from fund-raising football matches to advice work at law centres. Knighton, a former Allen & Overy […]

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