30 October 1995

The trainee debate

Your editorial, “A short-term view”, The Lawyer 21 March, is aptly titled but misconceived. It dismisses concerns about the exploitation of students, the representativeness of the profession and debt. Your short-term view is that by abolishing the minimum salary these problems will be solved. They will not. It is vital that some basic facts are […]

A bit of a misnomer?

Tom Picton-Phillips of the mis-named County Court Users Association (the debt recovery association?) is not doing his members’ interests any favours by advocating in his article ‘Courting executive status’ (The Lawyer 21 March) that plaintiffs in child custody and personal injury actions should pay the full cost of their use of the courts, rather than […]

Howard's sorry now

The resounding Law Lords’ rebuff to Home Secretary Michael Howard will be as sweet to his opponents as scoring the victory over his tariff scheme for compensating criminal injuries. It has been a long haul since the original judicial review application in autumn 1993, and the initial outcry at not only what Howard was doing […]


The British Land Company was advised by SJ Berwin & Co in relation to its placing and open offer to raise around u210.7m. The brokers to the issue


Medway Power was advised by Norton Rose on the introduction of u160m of financing from the European Investment Bank


Insurance services company Fishers Group, advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite, has reversed into Irish quoted company Celtic Gold, advised by Arthur Cox, in an u11.45m deal.

'High-flyer' convicted of u121,000 fraud

A HIGH-FLYING Irish solicitor is being held in Dublin’s Mountjoy prison awaiting sentence for fraud. Elio Malocco once mixed with Dublin’s social elite and drove a Mercedes 230, with two Porsches in the family garage. He even attempted to buy a League of Ireland football club. But after a two-week trial in the Circuit Criminal […]

Lawyers, you're in the army now

LAWYERS willing to take on a new way of life while practising their profession are being invited to join the army. The Directorate of Army Legal Services is on the look-out for four recently qualified solicitors or barristers in their 20s to join the army’s 50-lawyer department. Directorate head Lt Col Stephen Vowles is holding […]

EC sets deadline for home title rules

THE OFFICIAL text of the European Commission’s draft directive on rights for lawyers practising in other member states shows the commission hopes to put new rules in place by the end of 1996. However, legal commentators claim the date is too ambitious, and it is unlikely that establishment will be regulated for some time. The […]

SFO wins stay of execution

Top fraud defence solicitors welcome the preservation of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as an independent entity and, in particular, the Government’s call to enlarge its role in order to create a more unified way of dealing with such cases. Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell, who put an end to 18 months of speculation about […]

In brief: New partner in Church Adams' expansion

Church Adams Tatham & Co, the London and Reigate practice, has recruited Patric Sankey-Barker as a partner to its company and commercial department. Sankey-Barker, who was previously with Waltons & Morse, is keen to play a major part in the continuing development of the department. Senior partner Gordon Jones, who also heads the company and […]

US firm poaches litigation head

US FIRM LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has recruited Wilde Sapte’s head of commercial litigation Peter Sharp to its new multinational partnership. The MNP, formed last week, includes five US lawyers as well as Sharp. More partners are expected to sign up later this year. At present only Sharp and the London office’s head US […]

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