29 May 1995

The Lawyer Inquiry: Eric Galbraith

Eric Galbraith is head of the corporate department at Dorman Jeffrey & Co’s Glasgow office, a solely commercial law practice with offices in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. He was born in Glasgow in 1959 and still lives in the city. What was your first job? Pierhand (later promoted to Purser!). What was your first ever […]

Snapshot of change

Nobody’s saying a poll is infallible. Even taking the margin of error into account, they can be treacherous things, as the last general election proved. But The Lawyer’s poll on Law Society voting intentions in the coming presidential elections has thrown up some remarkable data. For one thing, of more than 1,000 people who spoke […]

Finance

Gouldens advised Peel

Flotation

Gouldens advised Precoat International

Barristers to be fined for poor work

BARRISTERS could soon be fined up to £2,000 for the first time for giving clients poor service, if radical Bar Council proposals are accepted. The Bar Council, in keeping with its evolutionary strategy for high standards of service, and against a background of growing numbers of complaints, aims to revolutionise the Bar’s complaints system with […]

Voice recognition package aims to promote free speech

Linda Tsang reports Electronics giant Philips and Technology for Business have linked up to launch the latest in the line of voice recognition products. The Voice Partner product will enable continuous speech to be converted directly into text. At present, most systems can only deal with discrete speech, where the speaker has to pause between […]

Rights issues

Dickinson Dees advised Cowie Group in a One for Eight rights issue sponsored by NM Rothschild & Sons

Dentons says it's good to talk

Linda Tsang reports As part of its major investment in information technology amounting to £3.2 million, City and international firm Denton Hall has just completed implementing a Banyan Vines network to link its 650 PCs in its three London offices and its Milton Keynes base, together with an email/workflow package BeyondMail. The law firm has […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 30/05/95

Breathalyser procedure and quashing of conviction R v Burton upon Trent magistrates court, ex parte Phillip John Woolley (1994). (DC (Beldam LJ and Buxton J) 11/11/94). Summary: The Crown Prosecution Service’s advice to a defendant that it had presented inadmissible evidence was incorrect, and procedure for taking blood specimens from drivers in hospital. Application for […]

In brief: Fund raising for Shelter's own lawyer

Young members of the profession have raised more than £10,000 towards funding a new solicitor for Shelter through a series of quiz nights across the UK and Brussels. The National Campaign for Homeless People is now seeking a further £28,000 to fund the lawyer who will work on major test cases aimed at fighting for […]

Deacons bankruptcy hearing delayed over new evidence

A BANKRUPTCY hearing for three former partners of collapsed law firm Deacon Goldrein Green has been postponed because an unexpectedly large number of witnesses have been called. The bankruptcy hearing involving former partners Martin Green, Patricia Reynolds and Robert Ollerhead, who was struck off the roll last year, was due to take place several days […]

Mears and Hodge slug it out in election

MARTIN Mears is virtually neck and neck with deputy vice-president Henry Hodge in the battle for the Law Society presidency, reveals an opinion poll by The Lawyer. The strength of the Norfolk solicitor’s anti-establishment challenge in the first contested Law Society election for 40 years has been dramatically revealed by the poll of more than […]

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