23 November 1998

High Court nips prison action in bud

Roger Pearson reports on Home Office moves which put a stop to prison officers holding mass meetings over pay offers. Once again the High Court has shown its ability to move at breakneck speed and, if necessary, to cut across the boundaries of the court divisions. On 6 November, the Prison Officers Association (POA) rejected […]

Law Soc in IT row

A BITTER spat has sparked off between the Law Society and the legal software suppliers which were left out of the society’s technology guide for small law firms. Last week The Lawyer reported how computer industry body the Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA) had attacked the Law Society for “doing a disservice to the legal […]

Book of the week

Legal Aid Contracting: Lessons from North America By Roger Smith This weeks tome comes from the Legal Aid Group’s publishing stable. Topics include the organisation of legal aid in Canada and the position of legal services in the US.

Property

Stan Gniadkowski of Wilde Sapte advised Brockford Developments on its u30m acquisition of Cleveland House in St James’ Square, London SW1 from Prudential, advised by Patricia McGlynn of Lovell White Durrant.

Financings

Peter Shepherd of Taylor Joynson Garrett advised Mees Pierson on its provision of u28m of funding to Marylebone Warwick Balfour

SIF to impose millennium bug penalty

In an unprecedented move, the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is launching a profession-wide hunt to find out which firms have failed to take precautions against the millennium bug. In June this year, the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, told SIF that, unlike most other insurers, it would have to cover any claims against firms […]

Employment blow for Veale Wasbrough

Bristol’s Veale Wasbrough has been hit by the defection of its head of employment and a team of lawyers to rival Bevan Ashford. Highly-rated partner Sarah Lamont is taking an associate, Anne Palmer, and two assistants, Tim Woodward and Bruce Rossington, to Bevan Ashford. Lamont will be reunited with two former Veale Wasbrough colleagues, corporate […]

Euro bank cuts its legal panel from 100 to eight

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has slashed the number of firms it instructs for its specialised country legal advice from over 100 to just eight. Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy and Coudert Brothers are among the 52 firms from the UK and abroad that are understood to have had their bid to […]

How to brief an expert witness expertly

Steve Caine is a senior associate with Buchler Philips Lindquist Avey, forensic and investigative accountants. The independence of the expert is the key to success in the courtroom, and good solicitors know it is their responsibility as much as the expert’s to maintain the expert’s proper role. Steve Caine outlines how best to brief an […]

Cadwaladers tops UK growth

New York’s Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft grew faster last year than any other US firm with a presence in London, a recent survey has found. The National Law Journal’s 1998 survey of the 250 largest US firms revealed that the recently-merged New York and San Francisco firm Thelen Reid & Priest had grown the fastest […]

High noon for 'hired guns'

Mark Solon and Catherine Bond say the good times are over for expert witnesses, as the Lord Chancellor’s Department plans to restrict their use and cut back on their fees. Mark Solon and Catherine Bond are directors of witness training company Bond Solon Training. As litigation has boomed over the past 10 years, more experts […]

Police attack dishonest high street lawyers

NCIS detective Simon Goddard also took a swipe at those high street solicitors who fail to report their suspicions about clients. He was angered by the latest NCIS figures which show the number of cases of suspicious financial transactions reported by solicitors to police has dropped from 300 in 1996 to 236 last year. There […]

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