31 August 1998

In brief: Napier and McIntosh canvass online

Law Society presidential and vice-presidential candidates Michael Napier and David McIntosh have posted online manifestoes at www.irwinmitchell.co.uk, and have invited debate by e-mail to NapierM@irwinmitchell.co.uk and dmcintosh@dac.co.uk.

Solex showcases latest in legal IT

Elizabeth Davidson takes a look at some of the highlights of this year’s Solicitors and Legal Office Exhibition at the Barbican Companies launched a bumper number of products at this year’s Solicitors’ and legal office Exhibition (Solex) at London’s Barbican Exhibition Centre last week. For legal professionals the show, which was sponsored by The Lawyer, […]

Litigation Personal Injury 9/6/98

Bryant v Wallis & anor – QBD 28 April 1998 Claimant: Graham Bryant, 47 years Incident: Accident at work Injuries: Claimant suffered fractured skull and injuries to right shoulder and neck in fall in 1992 whilst working on roof. He had climbed onto the roof using a ladder but then lost his footing and fell, […]

Newly-elected Ng vows to improve profession in HK

Barrister Margaret Ng, newly-elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo), said one of her first priorities would be to try to put Chinese state bodies back under the rule of Hong Kong statutes. She told The Lawyer last week that the administration had changed the law to make state bodies, such as the official news […]

In brief: Law Soc changes contingency fee rules

The Law Society Council voted last week to alter its practice rules to take account of the Court of Appeal case, Thai Trading v Taylor, where Lord Justice Millett ruled that solicitors could lawfully accept cases on a contingency fee basis, as long as there is no uplift. Although a petition requesting an appeal has […]

Rubbishing the defence of self-incrimination?

The right to withhold information on the grounds of self-incrimination is to be debated in the House of Lords, reports Roger Pearson. The rights of waste disposal companies to refuse to answer questions which could lead to conviction for environmental offences are to be probed by the Law Lords. Green Environmental Industries is to appeal […]

Woolf Year 2000 ruling to force SIF contributions hike

Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has told the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) to insure firms against claims arising from the Millennium Bug – a move which could lead to a huge hike in SIF contributions. At a meeting last week with SIF chairman Peter Williamson and managing director Liz Mullins, he said it was […]

Top CPS mandarin departs as Glidewell report is published

DAVID Nooney, the civil servant who was responsible for implementing many of the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) now-discredited organisational reforms, is leaving to join the Welsh Office. The director of corporate services’ departure was announced on the day of the publication of Sir Iain Glidewell’s review of the CPS, which calls for root and branch […]

Almagamate by the book

When merger is on the cards, Anne-Marie Piper says trustees need to focus on careful planning and expert legal advice to make the process as smooth as possible. Anne-Marie Piper is head of the charities group at Paisner & Co. Charity mergers have a lot in common with love and marriage – often the path […]

Making the most of a memory

Setting up a successful memorial fund can be fraught with problems if it is not scrupulously planned, warns Francesca Quint. Francesca Quint is a barrister 11 Old Square. She specialises in charity law. Memorials can take many forms: from a simple headstone to a park bench in the deceased’s favourite spot. But the essence of […]

Barristers splinter from top criminal set

Leading criminal set 3 Gray’s Inn Square has been hit by the departure of its third most senior tenant, who has left with the senior clerk to form an as yet unnamed breakaway set. Former Bar Council member Nadine Radford and senior clerk Graham Islin left Rock Tansey QC’s set two weeks ago, with junior […]

Dentons wins challenge to take-or-pay contract

DENTON Hall has claimed victory in the House of Lords for its client Total Gas Marketing in the first successful challenge of a take-or-pay gas contract since the price of gas dropped in late 1994. Gas purchasers who in the early 1990s signed long-term take-or-pay contracts have found themselves tied to buying gas at a […]

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