3 February 1997

Canada fears MDP threat

The new president of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Andre Gervais, has highlighted the increasing threat his 34,000 members are facing from the creeping presence of big-six accountants in the Canadian legal market. Gervais, who made his inaugural speech at last week’s CBA annual conference, said there was a “growing concern among Canadian lawyers about […]

Green form pilot deadline extended

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) has now extended the deadline for green form block contract pilot applications in the wake of a poor turnout for the scheme. The pilot scheme was originally due to begin on 1 September, but an LAB spokesman said last week “it would be no skin off our nose” if applications […]

Law Soc sponsors Kazakhstan workshops

The Law Society is sponsoring its second visit to Kazakhstan this month with its Book Bus and Bar Leadership project, which visits this week. A team of 19 young UK solicitors, trainee solicitors and law students will run workshops on comparative UK and Kazakhstan law, and will distribute free law books to the Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan […]

Appeal Court extends barristers' immunity beyond courtroom

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the concept of barristers’ immunity extends beyond the courtroom door following a case against family lawyer and Labour MP Jean Corston. In a significant decision, the the Appeal Court has ruled that in some instances lawyers who negotiate pre-trial or mid-trial settlements are protected from any subsequent negligence […]

Turcan Connell plans in-house finance service

Edinburgh firm Turcan Connell, the private client offshoot of Dundas & Wilson, is to launch an in-house investment management service later this year. The seven-partner firm, which opened its doors last month and which has remained in the same building as its old firm, has appointed Peter Rintoul as its investment director. Rintoul, a chartered […]

Taxing time for the Inland Revenue

Karen Methold questions whether the Inland Revenue should take a more conventional approach to constitutional matters by letting Parliament decide when we pay our taxes. Karen Methold is a partner at Rooks Rider. The House of Lords judgment in the case of Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Willoughby last month was excellent news for tax […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Simon Chandler

Simon Chandler was born in Bristol on 6 April 1962. He is an assistant solicitor in the insurance litigation department at Cameron McKenna’s Bristol office. What was your first job? Paper boy, without a bike. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £45 per day as an outdoor clerk in Lincoln’s Inn. What […]


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Litigation Recent Decisions 2/9/97

Duty owed by a local authority to a child in its care Barrett v London Borough of Enfield (1997) Court: CA (Lord Woolf MR, Evans LJ and Schiemann LJ) 25/3/9Appearances: Allan Levy, instructed by Thompson Smith & Puxon, for the appellant. Nigel Baker QC and Brendan Roche, instructed by Browne Jacobson, for the local authority. […]

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