24 April 1995

In brief: Midlands correction

Our table of Midland firms (The Lawyer 4 April) omitted George Green & Co of Cradley Heath, which has 34 fee earners. Also missed out was Leamington Spa’s Blythe Liggins with 29 fee earners. In the same survey Wragge & Co’s principal areas of work should have included commercial property at 27 per cent.

Policeman wins first email libel

A POLICEMAN has been awarded “substantial” damages in what is believed to be the first action for libel brought over material transmitted by electronic mail. PC David Eggleton reached an out-of-court settlement with the supermarket chain Asda over a description of him which was circulated between its stores. The circular went out after the crime […]

In brief: Compensation scheme hits stormy waters

Law firms and unions have urged the Home Secretary to reconsider his plans to re-impose a tariff system under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme following a landmark decision which ruled it unlawful. Trades Union Council general secretary John Monks has written to Michael Howard saying there should be proper discussions on the subject and a […]

YSG debate looks at lawyers' lifestyle

LAW Society presidential candidate Henry Hodge is among the speakers signed to address this year’s annual Young Solicitors’ Group conference. The Quality of Life conference, being held in Nottingham next month, will cover topics including discrimination, sabbaticals, stress and managing and motivating lawyers. Staged in conjunction with the Association of Women Solicitors, the Group for […]

In brief: Marshalls hooks up to national network

Surrey-based Marshalls has joined a national networking organisation for lawyers. The firm, which has offices in Godalming and Woking, is now part of the Nationwide Independent Solicitor Group. Partner Sara Coate says the firm can make use of the network’s French links and conveyancing strengths. “It is imperative that when buying abroad, one takes full […]

Left-wing group urges shake-up of legal system

A LEADING group of left-wing lawyers is launching a campaign to revolutionise the legal system’s approach to justice. The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers says it will use Justice 2000 to fight for a fairer application of the law by analysing areas in which it affects people’s lives. It has organised a series of meetings […]

In brief: IBA hosts next finance seminar in Milan

The International Bar Association will hold its 12th annual seminar on International Financial Law in Milan next month. The seminar, which runs from 10-13 May, will include presentations on project finance, new Euro-market products, bank guarantees and other on-demand payment instruments. For further information contact the IBA on 0171 629 1206.

Mills orders report after judge calls CPS 'dilatory' over escapee case

THE DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ordered a full internal report after “obvious” errors by the Crown Prosecution Service caused the collapse of the trial of a prisoner accused of making an airborne escape bid. Recorder David Elfer QC told Southampton Crown Court it would be an abuse of process to try Graham Jones, […]

In brief: Wragge & Co appoints trade mark agent

Birmingham-based Wragge & Co has appointed a trade mark agent to its intellectual property group. Susan Evans joins the firm with a brief which includes expanding international business. She has previously worked for pharmaceutical giant Fisons, and in private practice and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Trade Mark Agents.

Firms lift lid on earnings

DIBB Lupton Broomhead has emerged as the highest-earning legal firm in The Lawyer’s analysis of its most comprehensive list of financial figures supplied by the profession. The firm brought in u56 million last financial year to head a list of those prepared to give income details. Dibbs was followed by Leeds-based Hammond Suddards with u33 […]

Paris partner raises Decherts' Euro stake

US FIRM Dechert Price & Rhoads has increased its European portfolio by placing a resident partner in Paris. The firm, which last year joined up with London’s Titmuss Sainer & Webb, was one of the first US firms to establish offices in Europe. It now operates an established Brussels practice and employs almost 150 lawyers […]

Herbert Smith boosts Far Eastern presence

HERBERT Smith is expanding its Far East practice by establishing a new office in Singapore. The City firm, which already operates a substantial international network, is also working with lawyers, clients and government agencies in China while it waits for permission from the Chinese Ministry of Justice to open in Shanghai. The firm is hoping […]

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