27 February 1995

Easy guide to tricky subject

‘Judicial review’ is a term used almost daily in the media, but few people understand what it means. Your readers may be interested in a publication for members of the public and lawyers unused to the procedures for judicial review. ‘Is it lawful?’ is a short guide recently published by the Public Law Project and […]

Sharpe's seminar

London firm Sharpe Pritchard is holding a seminar on the legal and practical implications of local government reorganisation on 25 January. The seminar has talks on assets and liabilities and finance and contracts. Speakers will include Sharpe Pritchard’s Stephen Millen and Helen Kemp, local government consultant Tom Caulcott and Local Government Staff Commissioner Judith Lovelace.

In brief: Professor calls for unified consumer law

Malcolm Leder, Professor of Consumer Law and head of the School of Law at Middlesex University Business School, has called for a more coherent system of consumer law in the UK. Speaking at his inaugural lecture, he said the law was currently oriented towards commercial rather than consumer transactions. “Repairs, replacements and credit notes are […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Patrick Lefevre

Ravinder Chahal BARBARA Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has moved to reassure critics of the new criminal disclosure rules that they will not lead to miscarriages of justice. Mills last week told a conference organised by the British Academy of Forensic Sciences that the CPS and the police were working together to comply […]

EC moves on lawyers' rights

AFTER more than two years in the pipeline the European Commission has adopted a draft directive on the rights of establishment for foreign lawyers. The long-awaited move has been welcomed by lawyers in Europe, who say the topic will now be publicly debated for the first time. The directive was scheduled for discussion by the […]

'I want 1995 to bring full employment'

I would wish 1995 to be the year of full employment for all ILEX members employment prospects, particularly for trainees, have improved but are not yet back to the ‘good old days’. The go-ahead for increased rights of audience for suitably qualified fellows is high on my list of priorities. I would like to point […]

Cornish lawyer covers IP market

A LAWYER with a small specialist legal advisory firm in Cornwall spotted a gap in the market for intellectual property insurance and is now providing the cover for businesses operating in the US and elsewhere. Ernest Kay, a non-practising barrister, runs Law Business & Technology Services, a firm specialising in international IP advice and based […]

Government's U-turn on part-time workers 'no surprise' say lawyers

EMPLOYMENT lawyers have responded with astonishment to press coverage of the Government’s climb down over the House of Lords judgement on part-time workers rights, saying reports have “made a mountain out of a molehill”. They claim Employment Secretary Michael Portillo’s acceptance of the ruling was “inevitable” and tribunals had already begun adapting the law to […]


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Barristers briefed on police powers

POLICE powers to stop and search, due to come into force soon, will give officers the right to search all pedestrians and vehicles in a given area in a 24-hour period if there is a suspicion of serious violence at an event due to occur. Barristers at 2 Gray’s Inn Square, in a seminar given […]

In brief: Trades unions notch up record damages

Workers suffering from injury or ill-health as a result of their jobs were awarded u335 million in legal damages last year as a result of trade union action. Figures released by the Trades Union Congress show unions are winning record levels of damages – up by 8 per cent on the previous year’s record of […]

Act forces greater role on solicitors

SOLICITORS who visit clients in police stations will have to make more trips, stay for longer, and take a “more pro-active role” when sections of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act come into force early this year. And costs to the Legal Aid Board will increase “enormously” as a result, according to Mark Haslam, […]

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