21 August 1995

Financing

SJ Berwin acted for the MultiMedia Corporation and Shore Capital Stockbrokers in a placing of shares in MultiMedia raising £3 million.

Elaine Aarons takes a closer look at unfair dismissal rights

Elaine Aarons Press reports on the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of ex-parte Seymour-Smith and Perez have greatly exaggerated its effect. The impression is that all employees dismissed in the past, who have been employed for less than two years at the time they were dismissed, have a right to claim retrospectively for […]

'Don't Break My Copyright'

Roger Pearson The recent High Court action in which Birmingham secretary Debbie Banks sued pop group UB40 was a battle against the odds. And with the aid of Beasley & Johnson, of Kings Heath, Birmingham, she triumphed. Banks claimed she was responsible for co-authorship of one of the group’s chart-topping hits. The ruling by Mr […]

Paralegals growing force in profession

LAWYERS must change their approach to legal practice and compete for work with paralegals if they want to retain the bulk of their business, a new report says. Released by the ABA commission on non-lawyer practice, the report says paralegals have a “greater role to play” in providing legal services and lawyers must find better […]

Strike the balance

Any review of the consequences of introducing a degree of commonality into the vocational training of barristers and solicitors needs to take into account all parts of vocational training. It also needs to be a review set in the context of both a changing market place and changing professions. Direct access to the Bar and […]

Firm to head Tradepoint challenge

CLIFFORD Chance is set to mount a legal challenge against the Stock Exchange on behalf of its client Tradepoint, the new City share dealing system, because of the exchange’s apparent attempts to strangle its new rival at birth. The stand-off between the exchange and Tradepoint, due to launch on 21 September, is at a critical […]

Don't Surrender…

Solicitors generally have a good understanding of endowment policies and a great many have such policies themselves. Therefore, recent bad publicity regarding newly issued endowments, together with rapidly increasing numbers of home owners who find themselves saddled with negative equity will not have passed unnoticed for many solicitors who may handle the associated conveyancing transactions […]

Teen icon faces no win no fee action

NO win no fee critics may soon be joined by Take That singer Gary Barlow who is threatened with legal action by three German nationals who allege assault. The mother, her daughter and a family friend have hired Manchester firm Betesh Fox & Co on a conditional fee basis to launch a damages claim against […]

Legal squad for 1995

One of the busiest and most high-profile lawyers in the game is Manchester United’s Maurice Watkins. A partner in Manchester firm James Chapman & Co, Watkins became solicitor for the Reds 19 years ago, bringing his commercial and professional indemnity know-how. A hectic season has seen him handle the court and disciplinary hearings for Eric […]

'Healthy' year for trainee jobs

‘TOP UK firms have reported healthy numbers of qualifying solicitors being retained after their articles this September. A survey of the country’s top 10 firms shows a strong level of retention among qualifying solicitors, indicating an increased workload and improved confidence among major practitioners. Firms contacted report that an average of only two trainees per […]

Foreign clients not ignorant, says partner

UK lawyers working in the international marketplace should not consider clients stupid because they are foreign, warned Warner Cranston partner Ian Fagelson. Speaking at a joint US/UK forum in Chicago, London-based Fagelson told delegates that if they wanted to be successful on the international legal scene they had to pay attention to basics such as […]

Law Soc makes conflicting claims over hard-sell tactics

A NOTTINGHAM firm embroiled in a names-for-cash marketing controversy says lawyers from across the country are asking for more details of a venture the Law Society may now ban. Nelsons is paying Gateshead database marketing company Legal Marketing Direct for a list of 500 accident victims who expressed an interest in taking legal action. Under […]

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