27 April 1998

Obscenity claims halt domain name scheme

TURKMENISTAN has called a temporary halt to a London company’s bid to set up Internet domain names under the country’s top level domain name, ‘.tm’, because some of the addresses it is registering are regarded as obscene in that country. NetNames – a domain name registering company – began promoting the top level domain name, […]

Practice manager

Three Verulam Buildings has appointed Khursid Khosla as its first practice development manager in charge of the set’s marketing. She previously spent seven years working with Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and Titmuss Sainer & Webb.

Litigation Recent Decisions 28/04/98

Conditional fee agreements in arbitrations not champertous Bevan Ashford v Geoff Yeandle (Contractors) Ltd (in liquidation) (1998) ChD (Sir Richard Scott V-C) 8/4/9In the context of an application by Originating Summons, the respondent firm, a company in liquidation, had a substantial claim available in arbitration proceedings, but no resources to finance those proceedings. The liquidator […]

Just five of top 10 are euro-compliant

At least four of the top 10 UK firms have still not upgraded their IT systems to cope with the euro, despite claims that compliance is more complex than coping with the Millennium Bug. The launch of the euro in 11 EU countries is just eight months away, but the survey, conducted by The Lawyer, […]

Cancellation fees are the norm

A survey shows that the whole gamut of expert witnesses is quick to charge cancellation fees, writes Christopher Pamplin. Dr Christopher Pamplin is editor of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses. Cancellation fees are a perennial bugbear. Solicitors wince at them and taxing masters frown on them. Yet what are expert witnesses supposed to do […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 28/04/98

Malcolm James Cameron, 39, admitted 1983, practising at material times in partnership as Hall Cameron & Co, Radway Green, Cheshire, struck off and ordered to pay costs of £2,973. Allegations substantiated that he used proceeds of an estate the administration of which he was handling, for improper purposes. He was convicted at Chester Crown Court […]

Councils clash over land

Two Kent councils are on course for a High Court confrontation. Shepway District council has been granted leave to seek judicial review of Ashford Council’s decision to discharge conditions relating to the development of a major site at Ashford. Shepway Council claims that outline planning consents granted in respect of the site did not provide […]

Training for judges

Attorney General John Morris QC has announced that more training is planned for judges and government lawyers prior to the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into English law.

Property

Lawrence Graham acted for Boots Properties on its £32.25m sale of a retail park in Coventry to Standard Life, advised by Herbert Smith.

Financings

Details of deals should be sent to Philip Hoult. Please include all other law firms acting on deals and the value

Rowe & Maw loses star player to Macfarlanes

Leading London construction lawyer Tony Blackler has joined Macfarlanes from Rowe & Maw, to help the firm build up a construction practice. At the same time Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s construction head, Robert Oakes, has been recruited by Manches & Co for the same purpose. Blackler’s departure comes as a blow to Rowe & Maw […]

Death penalty fight

Owen Williams, a 25-year old trainee solicitor at Bristol firm Clarke Wilmott & Clarke, has been chosen to go to the US to help fight the death penalty, under a scheme organised by Amicus. Amicus, a group of UK lawyers seeking to assist US defence attorneys in capital punishment cases, is hoping to send out […]

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