21 November 1994

Employment not union

Further to your article entitled “Employment partner joins 15 Old Square” in The Lawyer 8 November 1994 I feel that your description of my Chambers as “a leading union applicant set” is slightly misleading. While we are proud of our union and applicant work, I think it would be more accurate to describe us as […]

A change in situation

I am writing to express my concerns about my inclusion in the article ‘Eversheds suffers marketing departures’ on the front page of The Lawyer 15 November and the inaccuracy of the reporting. The only reason for my leaving Evershed Wells & Hind was a change in my family circumstances precipitating a move to Bristol. At […]

Letter 'seized wrongfully'

The governor of Winchester Prison is being sued for damages by a prisoner, Kevin Willis, who claims the governor had wrongfully seized one of his letters. The letter was addressed to his solicitor, Paul Gumm & Co of Bournemouth.

Freehills brings partner to London

LEADING Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page has appointed Martin Hudson, chair of its Melbourne board of partners, as senior partner in London. Hudson has been brought in to replace Bruce Cutler, one of Freehill’s two founding London partners, who has returned to Australia to take over from Graham Kelly as managing partner of the […]

SFA makes the Wright choice

FORMER head of legal Giles Stimson has been replaced after a major shake-up at the Securities and Futures Authority. The legal section and the policy department merged this month, with former director of policy Ros Wright taking over as general counsel and policy director, as head of the combined unit. Stimson, formerly head of the […]

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DAC produces 'charter' for victims of City fraud

Stronger powers for judges to compensate victims in serious fraud cases are among recommendations made by City firm Davies Arnold Cooper in a report to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay. DAC’s report on regulating City deceit is aimed at forcing the Lord Chancellor to change the legal procedures for bringing fraudsters to justice. Effectively a […]

TRADE MARKS ACT 1994

English law up to now on the protection of trade marks stems from the Trade Mark Act of 1938. To some extent, and with increasing implications for retailers and other brand owners slugging it out in the supermarkets, the legislation was out of tune with present day commercial realities. The recent spate of squabbles over […]

Lawyers' training needs to improve, says survey

EIGHT per cent of law firms have no interest in legal training and rely on “reading and experience” to keep staff up to date, a survey claims. The survey, carried out by Legal Network Television (LNTV), shows the highest number of firms – 31 per cent of the 100 practices surveyed – are “keen but […]

Lloyd's vows to carry on pursuing Names

LLOYD’S is to continue pursuing its member Names to cover its losses, despite this month’s Court of Appeal ruling in the cases of Names Clementson and Mason. Names pressure group the Writs Response Group (WRG) saw a significant victory in the court decision that it could use the defence that Lloyd’s central fund was in […]

Regional firms head fast growers survey

DIBB Lupton Broomhead, Hammond Suddards and Shoosmiths & Harrison top the list of the 20 fastest growing UK firms, according to a new report. ‘UK Solicitors 1994’, published by management consultant Datamonitor, is based on information supplied by the 45 highest billing London firms and the 20 highest billing regional firms for 1992-94. Of the […]

Top in-house salaries rocket

TOP in-house lawyers have seen pay-packets rocket by nearly 10 per cent this year, according to a salary survey to be published next week. But the average increase for legal advisers and assistants working in commerce and industry is a modest 3.8 per cent. Figures to be released soon by legal employment consultancy Chambers reveal […]

Minister attacks rights directive over job losses

THE ACQUIRED Rights Directive is an example of European law which has “harmed competitiveness and destroyed jobs”, the Government said. Employment minister Phillip Oppenheim, who recently released a consultation document on the European Commission’s proposals to amend the directive, says it has caused “great uncertainty” for employers and staff. However, he said that although the […]

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