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And Who's Who in Fraud?

Tenacious and often media targets, top fraud lawyers command respect from all sides, discovers Grania Langdon-Down Fraud lawyers need to be tenacious, prepared to stay the distance in a long campaign, and courageous in defending clients who are often portrayed by the press as public enemy number one. So say two specialists in white collar […]

In brief: Family law expert talks on divorce reforms

Family law solicitor Richard Sax, past chair of the Solicitors Family Law Association, will speak on the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for divorce law reform following the annual general meeting of the London Marriage Guidance Council this week. His address – ‘Divorce law reform: good or bad?’ – will be given at 7.30pm on Wednesday at […]

Aclec paper backs common training

SOLICITORS in London are to seek meetings with the Metropolitan Police to discuss problems they face representing clients held at stations. A newly-formed police liaison sub-committee of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association is now gathering complaints to raise with the force. Chair Colin Reynolds says most of the issues likely to be raised stem […]

Profit or loss?

Before assessing improvement, partners must decide on an appropriate yardstick for measuring profitability. Commercial lawyers are familiar with corporate performance where various indicators can be used to measure improvement – higher earnings per share, increase in the dividend rate and a straightforward rise in share price. An increase in a company’s profits in absolute terms […]

In brief: UK top of the league in energy stakes

British firms have taken the top five places in an international league table based on knowledge of world energy laws. Allen & Overy came first for the second year running in the energy finance awards run by Petroleum Economist magazine. Slaughter and May came second, Clifford Chance third, Linklaters & Paines fourth and Herbert Smith […]

In brief: Ex-Clydes accountant faces fraud charges

The former chief accountant of City firm Clyde & Co has appeared in court charged with defrauding the firm’s partners of £600,000. Peter Penrose, who worked for Clydes for four years, recently appeared before the City of London Magistrates.

Secret debate on home title

THE EUROPEAN Parliament last week banned observers from its public gallery as members of the Legal Affairs Committee debated the establishment directive. Last week MEPs ousted observers – including the representatives of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union – while they discussed the working document on rights of cross-border establishment which had […]

Women establish financial network

Women in the insolvency and company restructuring sectors have set up a UK branch of the the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). The new network is part of an organisation started by New York lawyer Selinda Melnik of Rogers & Wells last year, and now boasts members in 20 countries. Particularly strong in […]

White collar crime isn't paying

The mega fraud trials of recent years have failed to net results. Grania Langdon-Down examines what can be done Five years ago, the first Guinness trial raised the curtain on a series of expensive marathon fraud trials intended to serve as a high-profile crackdown on the commercial excesses of the 1980s. Today, the latest in […]

In brief: Correction

Andrew Page, the firm associated with McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner in Glasgow, is acting for Guardian Newspapers Ltd and two Observer journalists in a libel action launched against the newspaper group by six PowerGen directors. Last week’s issue of The Lawyer incorrectly stated the firm was acting for the PowerGen directors, who are suing […]

Motorola's one-stop on to Internet

Motorola has developed an all-in-one Internet system for easy access to the information superhighway. The system, known as the Internet Solution, provides a modem, cabling and software in a single box and provides access to the full range of Internet services, including: email; browsing business, and entertainment information; access to and use of information stored […]

Firm rolls out the barrel

With the alternative investment market (AIM) opening for business this month, Theodore Goddard has produced a spoof prospectus. Its intention is to demonstrate the workings of AIM, its rules and potential difficulties. The spoof details the operations of a fictitious brewery called Spoofbrew plc, looking to raise money through an issue of shares to be […]

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