22 June 1998

Advocating a working relationship

There is much more to being a barrister than using advocacy skills in the courtroom, argues Rosemary Samwell-Smith. Rosemary Samwell-Smith is a principal lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law. This is an extract from her speech to next week’s Worldwide Advocacy Conference. The word “advocacy” popularly evokes the concept of a courtroom […]

Council fights quarry go-ahead

A legal battle centring on the environmental issues relating to consent for quarrying operations is to go to the House of Lords. North Yorkshire County Council has been given leave to challenge an Appeal Court decision this February, relating to approval of conditions for quarrying on land at Wensley Quarries at Preston under Scar. The […]

Go ahead for Woolf despite IT delay

Elizabeth Davidson and John Malpas report. THE IT case management system needed to underpin Lord Woolf’s civil justice reforms will not be ready by next April’s start date – but the Government plans to press ahead with the reforms anyway. The hitch was revealed by the Master of the Rolls and his deputy, Vice-Chancellor Sir […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 23/06/98

Decisions are taken from LAWTEL’s Case Law database. LTL: LAWTEL report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Calling further evidence where judgment reserved Adrian Robert Bowden v Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police (1998) CA (Henry LJ, Otton LJ, Ward LJ) 9/6/98 Plaintiff’s appeal from the order of HH Judge Rubery on 5 February […]

St Phillip's causes Birmingham shockwaves

The formation of super set St Phillip’s Chambers in Birmingham, which has 79 tenants and was opened by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, recently, has led to a shake-up in the city, with seven tenants switching sets. Chambers 4 Fountain Court has been worst hit, with four tenants quitting. Two, Alastair Smail and John de […]

Scott shows barristers the yellow card

THE VICE-Chancellor, Sir Richard Scott, has opened a black book which will list chambers and individual barristers who are late submitting skeleton arguments to the High Court. Under the scheme, which started at the beginning of the month, persistent offenders will be reported to the Bar Council and, in the very worst cases, could face […]

Bahl's call for sex equality “superlaw' gathers support

A call by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) for a sex equality “superlaw” has received widespread backing. EOC chair Kamlesh Bahl last week called for a single replacement for a plethora of laws which, she said, conflicted with each other and with EU law. She said the EOC had received 200 replies to a paper […]

New lease of life for ADR

Anthony Salata reports on a number of new ways of resolving property disputes. Anthony Salata is a partner with surveyors Jordon Salata Graham and chairs RICS’s dispute resolution group. Dispute resolution in the property field is changing and chartered surveyors are at the forefront of that change. One of the first areas of change is […]


Lawrence Graham advised independent financial adviser Inter-Alliance on its £18m admission to the Alternative Investment Market. Maclay Murray & Spens acted for nominated adviser and broker Bell Lawrie White.


Barlow Lyde & Gilbert acted for sponsor Hawkpoint Partners on the £138m flotation of Eskmuir Properties

Bahl's call for sex equality “superlaw' gathers support

Those who did bother to attend the Bar Council’s AGM found themselves amidst a verbal scuffle surrounding rights of advocacy. Shaun Pye reports. Towards the end of the Bar Council’s AGM last week, a portly, silver-haired gentlemen began to explain how, late in life, he had decided to go to Bar school. He passed his […]

In brief: Lord Irvine reaffirms pledge to lawyers

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to extending rights of audience for lawyers appearing as advocates in higher court cases. Speaking at the annual dinner of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates, Lord Irvine said: “We are determined to establish a system which is faster, more straightforward and more just […]

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