29 June 1998

Cab rank rule to go

Barristers will have to give up the cab rank rule in order to adapt to the forthcoming legal aid reforms, Geoff Hoon, the parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department, warned last week. Speaking at a briefing session for journalists, Hoon said the cab rank rule had served the barristers’ profession in the past, but […]

Contributory negligence appeal

The House of Lords is deciding whether to hear an appeal which will focus on the question of contributory negligence in cases of the negligent valuation of property. Mortgage lender Platform Home Loans, which claims it relied on property valuations when arranging sale of property on which mortgage was later defaulted, is challenging an award […]

IT advances put system security on the cards

Bill Cannings says that system protection is becoming more simple and secure with the introduction of innovative smart card facilities. Bill Cannings is managing director of Valid Information Systems. The computer industry now takes up 27 halls at the Hanover Trade Fair. With today’s increased use of electronic document storage, the Internet and intranets, security […]

ADJ head calls for cameras in courtroom

Elizabeth Davidson reports THE new president of the Association of District Judges (ADJ), Michael Hawthorne, has recommended the use of video cameras in court. According to Hawthorne “a small unobtrusive camera at the back of the court” is the “next logical extension” for the recording of proceedings in court, most of which are currently tape […]

Offshore addition

Due to a typesetters error, the piece by Michael Betley, a partner at Wedlake Bell McKean, on page 29 of The Lawyer, 31 March, should conclude: “But it is unlikely to come into force this year because the consultative process has unearthed practical problems which have not yet been fully addressed.”

Trowers & Hamlin form first Western association in Jordan

Trowers & Hamlin has announced an association with Jordanian firm Ziad Khalifeh & Associates, the first for a Western firm in the country and the fifth in the region for Trowers. The move comes after Trowers and the Amman-based firm worked on a legislative review, paid for by the British Embassy, of the feasibility of […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 7/4/98

Richard David Andrade, 47, admitted 1973, practising at material time in partnership as Nicholas Barrett, London SW7, until 30 September 1992, and since October 1992 on own account as Andrade & Co, London SW7, struck off and ordered to pay costs. Allegations substantiated that he wrongly used client account money, failed to pay professional agents […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 7/4/98

Assignment of non-assignable chose in action Don King Productions v (1) Frank John Warren (2) Christopher Nigel Roberts (3) Centurion Promotions (formerly Sports Network) (4) Sports Network USA (5) Time Warner Entertainment Co LP (1998) ChD (Lightman J) 27/3/98 Summary: Whether agreement to assign contracts was effective in law or equity where such contracts involved […]


Simmons & Simmons acted for Despa on its £56m acquisition of The Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead from Bourne End Properties, advised by Linklaters and Kanter Jules.

Two depart Fladgates as Basingstoke office shuts

Fladgate Fielder has lost two Basingstoke-based property partners and a number of clients to Hampshire firm White & Bowker following its recent decision to close its Basingstoke office. John Russell starts at White & Bowker’s Winchester office on 1 May and John Bates will join him in the summer. White & Bowker says clients such […]

Second senior official defects from SFO

The Serious Fraud Office has suffered another blow, with the move of Andrew Jackson, head of mutual legal assistance, to private investigations company Kroll Associates, where he will be appointed general counsel and associate managing director of UK operations. Jackson said: “One of the reasons I joined Kroll was to get away from the raincoat […]

Let the market decide

This week The Lawyer questions the worth of the Bar’s long-cherished silk system. We also present our own QC list, as recommended by 50 firms, and ask: is it time for a silk cut? No other event fuels quite so much gossip, tension, joy and despair at the Bar as the silk round. Every year […]

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