27 July 1998

Booklet of the week

Toronto Special Events & Entertainment Programme, by the American Bar Association. Essential reading for all those lawyers who are flying out to the ABA conference this week. Includes details of a visit to a wild flower farm, an ecumenical prayer breakfast and a bird-watching trip.

Counsellor granted challenge

Former Portsmouth councillor Terence Gregory, who was removed from office following allegations relating to unfair property dealings but who was later cleared of those allegations, has won the right to continue with a legal battle for the right to sue the council over the impact the matter had on his reputation. The Lawyer, 14 July, […]

Focus: Art in the Office The art of legal practice

As more lawyers jazz up the office and wow their clients with artwork, Linda Tsang investigates the buying game. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist. Visitors to the art gallery of Holborn firm Collyer-Bristow will be met this month by a dancing nude woman and a large chicken. Fowl Play, a picture by Claire Burbridge, […]

Licensed to kill

Euthanasia is back on the ABA agenda but Satvinder Juss and Chris Fogarty find courts reluctant to join the debate. Satvinder Juss is a barrister at 4 King’s Bench Walk. In recent years the issue of physician-assisted suicide has dominated the American Bar Association conference. Last year the Beverley Hills Bar Association (BHBA) asked the […]

Forsytes consigned to history

WEST END firm Forsyte Saunders Kerman will split in September with its 11-partner property department going to Lawrence Graham and six partners going to Holborn insurance litigation practice Edward Lewis. The 19-partner Forstyes has shrunk from 30 partners since it formed after the merger of Forsyte Kerman with Saunders Sobell Leigh & Dobin in December […]

Forsters puts its faith in Norwel for August launch. By Elizabeth Davidson

NEW commercial firm Forsters is celebrating the installation of a practice management system in time for its 1 August launch – just six weeks after the system was first commissioned. The 60-lawyer practice – created by 11 Frere Cholmeley Bischoff partners who decided not to take part in Freres’ merger with Eversheds – chose the […]

In brief: Landlord/Tenant Bar feature on the Web

Due to a typesetter’s error in last week’s issue, the landlord and tenant Bar feature on pages 17 and 18 was incomplete. A full version of the article can be located on The Lawyer’s Web site at http://www.the-lawyer.co.uk.

Lord Irvine cheers lawyers with housing concession

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has delighted housing lawyers by yielding to their campaign to have claims of harassment and unlawful eviction removed from the small claims court. The change is included in draft civil procedure rules which were published by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week. The concession is a second major victory for […]

Magistrates' watchdog slates Barking court

The Magistrates’ Courts Service Inspectorate (MCSI) has slated the management of Barking magistrates’ court in a highly critical report published last week. An MCSI inspection in January found “a lack of leadership” from the Barking and Dagenham Magistrates’ Courts Committee (MCC), particularly in the way staff were managed. The report also criticises how the MCC […]

SIF faces test case challenge. By Shaun Pye

A SOLE practitioner has applied to the High Court for leave to challenge his Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) bill. If Portsmouth-based sole practitioner Michael Dalton wins leave to judicially review the Law Society, when his application is heard in August, it will be the first time that SIF has faced such a challenge. Dalton’s application […]


John Ellard of Linklaters advised Coca-Cola Beverages (CCB) on its £1.7bn flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Richard Cranfield of Allen & Overy advised sponsor Warburg Dillon Read. Ashurst Morris Crisp advised the directors of CCB and Slaughter and May advised San Miguel.

Bingham calls for new criminal code

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, has called on the Government to introduce a new criminal code to deal with “the present chaotic system of criminal law”. Speaking at the same Mansion House dinner as Lord Irvine (see above story), Lord Bingham said that criminal law was “incoherent and inconsistent and littered with distinctions which […]

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