In brief: Solicitor wins review of LAB ban

Solicitor Hilda Amoo-Gottfried has been granted leave for judicial review of a decision by a Legal Aid Board London area committee banning her from the South London duty solicitor scheme. London number one committee's decision in April 1993 was countermanded by a direction to reinstate her from the board's national committee in April 1995. The London committee has so far not complied with the direction. Mr Justice Popplewell immediately granted an expedited hearing. In August 1993 Amoo-Gottfried was ordered by Mr Justice Scott-Baker to pay £6,250 to a former client after she admitted her firm's negligence contributed to the client being convicted of two criminal offences.

Herbert Smith plugs in to power contract

Herbert Smith has won further business in the electricity industry, after tendering to advise the public sector company due to be set up to run the 11 Magnox power stations. The Magnox company will be folded out of Nuclear Electric, which is forming a holding company with the smaller Scottish Nuclear in readiness for privatisation. The Magnox work is an on-going appointment with work including supply contracts, licensing, environmental, tax, employment and pensions. Herbert Smith was advising Scottish Nuclear. Clifford Chance, Nuclear Electric's solicitors, was appointed to the holding company.

Levitt prosecution faces complaints at Bar

In the wake of the Roger Levitt trial scandal, complaints will be lodged at the Bar Council over the alleged professional misconduct of all three prosecution barristers in the 1993 trial. Levitt's former solicitor John Perry, a partner at Goldkorn Davies Mathias, and John Marshall, Conservative MP for Hendon South, are drafting formal complaints against the prosecution team of David Cocks QC, Jonathan Fisher and Jane Bewsey, all of 5 King's Bench Walk, for their alleged role in the misleading of Parliament and, in Cocks' case, also of public comments about the role of trial judge Mr Justice Laws. MPs on Parliament's treasury select committee accused the Serious Fraud Office of bungling the trial and of being misled by Cocks over its conduct.

Recruits on way to Boodle Hatfield office

Boodle Hatfield says it is about to announce further appointments to its new Oxford office. The firm recently announced the arrival of partner Peter Webber and says further appointments are likely as the office approaches its first anniversary next month. Webber joined Boodle Hatfield after more than 20 years as a partner at Morrell Peel & Gamlen. He brings broad experience to the firm, primarily in property, college, university and charities work. Senior partner Peter Scoble said: “We opened in Oxford to make ourselves available in an area where we feel there is a market for our core skills of tax and financial planning and property.”

Scots firm scales dealmaking heights

Maclay Murray & Spens has topped Scottish Business Insider magazine's Lawyers Dealmakers table after completing 18 successful deals during the second quarter of 1995. Deals masterminded by the firm include the creation of the first start-up company to trade shares on the new Alternative Investment Market.

Penningtons partner beats drum for UK

Penningtons partner Julian Hamilton Barns was in Beijing this weekend to talk to lawyers attending the 14th Biennial Law Asia Conference. He was due to promote London's strength as a financial centre and advise on the benefits of a UK Stock Exchange launch for Chinese companies. In May Penningtons acted for the listing of the Dailywin Group, the first Chinese company to be listed on the Stock Exchange.

Eversheds pools licensing resources

Eversheds has set up a national licensing group to co-ordinate its liquor, gaming and public entertainment licensing work. The firm has licensing lawyers in 12 offices scattered around the country. “The national group will enable us to pool our national and regional expertise for the benefit of clients,” said Bristol-based licensing specialist Jeremy Phillips.

Group tackles motorists over smog

The environmental law and resource centre Earthrights has issued a compensation claim to the Motor Insurers Bureau on behalf of an asthma sufferer who was confined to her bed for two days after an asthma attack triggered by smog. The bureau handles compensation claims on behalf of untraceable drivers and Londoner Brendalyn Fougeras-Lavergnolle is blaming her attack on motorists who ignored a government warning to leave their cars at home during a recent smog alert. Earthrights solicitor John Dunkley said: “The claim rests on the fact that a large number of drivers took no notice of the Government warning and used their cars negligently.”