23 September 1996

Litigation Recent Decisions 24/09/96

Determining whether an employee has become redundant Johnson v Peabody Trust (1996). Summary: Roofer’s appeal against dismissal of his claim for redundancy where his employer had for some time required him to carry out other tasks as there was no roofing work available.

Selection is the key

Your news item on our NI training system (The Lawyer, 3 September, 1996) does not reflect our experience. We have had no difficulty in appointing suitable trainees. Academic candidates sometimes make inadequate solicitors, so our admissions procedure is based on an aptitude test as well. This year we initially intended to appoint three trainees but […]

Constitutional consternation

Act 200 of 1993 heralded the arrival of the Interim Constitution for the Republic of South Africa. Prepared to enable the new government to put in place a final constitution within two years, it came into effect on the appointment of a government of national unity in 1994. The interim constitution was created after the […]

Takeover spree expected after investment trust bid

A takeover bonanza in the until now relatively stable investment trust market is expected following a proposed bid for one of the biggest trusts ever, the Kleinwort European Privatisation Investment Trust (Kepit). Nigel Farr, of Herbert Smith, acting for the TR European Growth Trust (Treg), which has bid to buy Kepit for £510m, said: “It […]

Small firms stinting on management input, says survey

Medium-sized and small firms are not investing enough in practice management, says a survey by Otterburn Legal Consulting. The survey found that many medium and small firms were yet to appoint a managing partner and that not enough time was spent on practice management. It revealed that most firms expect their senior partners to combine […]

Aim advisers review causes market jitters

A stock Exchange review of its nominated advisers for the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) is causing investor jitters, but it is unlikely to affect long-term confidence in the market, say city analysts and lawyers. Last week restaurant group Greenhills was suspended when its nominated adviser, Neill Clerk Capital, (an Aim-listed company hived off from Scottish […]

Guerin for top ICO job

London-based ICO Global Communications has appointed Stephen Guerin as senior vice- president and general counsel. Guerin, who will lead the company’s three-person legal team, will be responsible for contractual intellectual property and regulatory issues for the global mobile satellite-communications business. Guerin, from France, joins the company after a 14-year career with Alcatel Alsthom, most recently […]

Life and times of Andersen's offspring

Garrett & Co celebrated its third birthday last week. Robert Lindsay looks at how the link with Arthur Andersen has worked When Arthur Andersen appointed Colin Garrett to set up the first British law firm associated with an accountancy firm, Garrett told The Lawyer nervously: “I think there is some danger that this move might […]

In brief: Watch for fee fraudsters, solicitors told

Solicitors should take extra care to deflect approaches from advance fee fraudsters, Paul Pharoah, chair of the Law Society’s compliance and supervision committee has warned. Pharoah told last week’s council meeting too many solicitors were acting for advance fee fraudsters, and this was putting unnecessary pressure on the Solicitors’ Compensation Fund. The fraud involves money […]

France bids to scupper rights of establishment

The French government looks set to make an eleventh hour bid to scupper the move to introduce rights of establishment in the European Union. France wants a unanimous vote, not the usual majority vote, at the council of ministers to pass the draft directive on rights of establishment, which has been approved by the European […]

In brief: Conference attracts top London lawyers

Top London law firms are heading for a high-profile Brussels conference next week which will discuss managing economic transition in central and Eastern Europe. Nick Holt, of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, will talk about the priorities for change in the legal systems of the transition economies, while Jeremy Carver, of Clifford Chance, and Elena Kirillova, […]

African adventurers

It is surprising that a year after US firm White & Case set up an office in Johannesburg, no US or UK law firm has followed suit. Peter Finlay, partner with overall responsibility for South Africa in White & Case’s London office, says: “Every firm has different aspirations. We have a track record of commitment […]

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