20 May 1996

A model association

Arthur Andersen and Garrett & Co were the first accountancy firm and law practice to form an association in the UK. Now Price Waterhouse and Arnheim & Co have followed their example, and it seems likely more will follow suit. It can only be a matter of time before all the Big Six accountancy firms […]

External affairs

When is David Attenborough going to cover that natural phenomenon – the relationship between the lawyer and the accountant? The two professions are like animals who service each other’s needs and hunt prey on a co-operative basis while at the same time competing for the same prey and even hunting each other. It is a […]

Property

Linklaters & Paines acted for Lloyds Bank which recently sold the freehold of 87 bank branches for £37 million to fund managers Olim.

Financings

Cameron Markby Hewitt acted for Chase Investment Bank and Lloyds Bank which were involved in the syndication of banking facilities to United News & Media

Nabarros consultant asked to clear desk

Nabarro Nathanson banking and finance consultant Michael Vann has left the firm after allegations he breached unspecified procedures. According to Nabarros senior partner David Bramson, Vann was asked to leave by the practice. He said the lawyer had “failed to comply with some of our internal procedures”. But he declined to disclose further details, apart […]

In brief: DJ Freeman attracts property specialist

DJ Freeman has a new partner in its property services department. Retail property lawyer Monica Blake is closing her Milton Keynes practice, Monica Blake & Co, to rejoin the firm. She established the practice last year after leaving the Milton Keynes office of Denton Hall, where she was managing partner.

Law of the land

Expert evidence is a critical part of environmental litigation and the problems of expense, delay and complexity in civil litigation, which Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice report identified, can be exacerbated in such cases. Experts can reasonably differ not only over factual information, such as how much of a contaminant is present and how it […]

Law reform. Peering over the pond

Lord Woolf has found inspiration for his reforms in the legal innovations on the other side of the Atlantic. The Legal Action Group (LAG) took a leaf out of his book and visited the US and Canada. US judges have pioneered the ideas of ‘managed justice’ extolled by Lord Woolf. The message appears to be […]

In brief: Surrey firms merge for broad practice

Surrey firms Coleman Tilley and Tarrant Sutton merged at the start of this month in a drive to create a broad-based practice. Coleman Tilley deals with road traffic, personal injury and motor accidents. Tarrant Sutton specialises in debt recovery and property law. Partner Tony Sutton said: “The intention is to create a broad-based practice whilst […]

New man takes helm at Frere Cholmeley

City firm Frere Cholmeley Bischoff has appointed Alan Jenkins,43, as managing partner. Jenkins will succeed Steven Sugar in the autumn. Jenkins joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1975 and became a partner in 1983. He specialises in international commercial litigation, fraud, professional negligence and insurance. He has been involved in the Guinness, Maxwell […]

In brief: New Deal Management

An article in the 7 May edition of The Lawyer, concerning a scheme by law firm Schilling & Lom, accountants Baker Tilly and pop artist agent Dick Sommer to form New Deal Management, incorrectly stated that Sommer managed Rod Stewart and Yes.

Academics clash over Aclec training proposals

Academics are locked in battle over proposals for a new legal training system advocated by the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec). The report, unveiled last month, has been attacked by Nigel Savage, chief executive designate of the College of Law, but welcomed by Professor Hepple of the University of Cambridge […]

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