20 July 1998

John Holmes on the rights of patients with learning difficulties. John Holmes is a partner at Beachcroft Stanleys which acted in R v Bournewood.

On 25 June the House of Lords allowed an appeal by Bournewood NHS Trust against an Appeal Court decision last December. The ruling is important to health and social services across the country, as it confirms the basis upon which those suffering from learning difficulties can be admitted to hospital or other residential care (R […]

Sets that are safe as houses

At the Bar, there are probably less than 40 barristers who specialise in landlord and tenant law, and another 40 or so for whom it represents a substantial part of their practice. There is no specific Bar association or Bar Council committee for them – those who act in this field are often found under […]

Pending Queen's Bench cases

Pending jury cases listed for hearing in the Queen’s Bench Division after October include: Royal Bank of Scotland v Amin; Gaisiance v Commissioner of Police; Martin & anor v News Group Newspapers; GKR Karate UK v Porch; GKR Karate UK v Yorkshire Post & ors.

Best of the silks…

For many landlord and tenant solicitors, particularly in the larger firms, counsel are only required when time restraints prevent members of the firm’s own in-house team running the show in court. Leaders are brought in for that “extra bit of brain power” and expertise, and on questions of construction when it is not clear which […]

Freshfields fights to maintain US securities team

Freshfields is battling to keep its prized London-based US securities team intact, following the defection of one associate to Linklaters and the threatened departure of three more. The firm, which has prided itself on the loyalty of its two-year-old US team in London, led by US partner Tom Joyce, is responding to the crisis by […]

Governing database use

Keith Dixon on the conflicts arising from the use of litigation support databases. Keith Dixon (pictured) is an Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey and works in the litigation group at Ogier & Le Masurier in Jersey. TRIAL lawyers are increasingly using litigation support databases and the courts are currently in the embryonic stages […]

Top tenants for housing disputes

Matheu Swallow identifies which barristers client solicitors selected as the top five of the landlord and tenant Bar. Matheu Swallow is a freelance journalist. Since there seems to be no doubting which are the top three sets in the field of landlord and tenant work, it will come as no surprise that three of the […]

Lawyers at play

Theodore Goddard trainee solicitor Rita Bedi, who is also a professional Indian dancer and amateur dramatist, took the starring role in the City of London Solicitors’ Company’s production of Love’s Labours Lost. Her main ambition, however, lies in practising corporate law.

Two more aviation specialists take off from 5 Bell Yard

Leading aviation set 5 Bell Yard has lost two more aviation specialists, bringing the number of departures this year to five. Andrew Lydiard joined rival set Brick Court Chambers last week while aviation specialist Philip Reed is joining Norton Rose’s commercial litigation team this week. In February Michael Crane QC and Akhil Shah went to […]

More cash please

The Criminal Cases Review Commission publishes its first annual report this Tuesday. Expect calls for extra funding from the commission, which needs more case workers to cope with a backlog of cases.

Denton Hall tackles overseas screening of Premier League

Lawyers this month finally completed six months of three-way negotiations to sell the English Premier League’s overseas television rights – just in time for the start of the 1998/99 season. Although the deal to sell the rights to French pay-tv company Canal Plus for £100m over three years was announced back in January, Denton Hall […]

Law Soc set to lose power over asylum advisers

Home Secretary Jack Straw is to release a “radical” White Paper on immigration this month. It is expected to include proposals to strip the Law Society of its powers to regulate solicitors dealing with immigration cases. The Home Office paper is also expected to include welfare plans for asylum seekers, increased powers of detention and […]

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