4 December 1995

Time for an image rethink

In The Lawyer 1 August Tony Holland gives his views on the election of Martin Mears as president of the Law Society. It comes as no surprise that Mr Holland should express the views set out in that opinion. He probably does reflect the views of the majority of the council of the Law Society […]

Political turkey comes home to roost

It is now five months since changes were made which limit the rights of silence. Solicitors are left with the problem of advising suspects about an uncertain and complex new law. The Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee has published guidelines which set out the circumstances in which a court should not penalise a silent suspect. […]


Herbert Smith acted for the Prudential Trustee Company in its role as trustees in relation to a £2 million loan notes issue by Premier Health Group.

No voice for Law Society in Bar event

THE LAW Society has lost its platform at the Bar’s annual conference after this year’s organisers revamped the programme and eliminated the official luncheon. Traditionally, the Law Society president had addressed colleagues on the other side of the profession during the conference lunch. But the 1995 programme, which devotes the morning to discussion of Lord […]

Law Society condemns divorce White Paper as 'cumbersome and unfair'

THE LAW Society has fired off a damning response to the Government’s White Paper on divorce reform, saying it will lead to a “fragmented, unfair, unworkable and expensive system” of law. And it has called for a comprehensive pilot project to be carried out before legislation is passed to ensure planned changes are viable. The […]

One of the president's men, probably

“WATCH out for the Sir Humphries,” is one of the pieces of “helpful” advice the new Law Society president Martin Mears received from a supporter. So impressed was the president with the tip that he decided to include it in his column in the Law Society Gazette. It was a clear jibe at the Law […]

In brief: Sixth insolvency practitioner licence

Sinclair Roche & Temperley solicitor David Middleburgh has obtained his licence to act as an insolvency practitioner – only the sixth solicitor in London to take the title since the qualification criteria were tightened in 1989. Middleburgh, a commercial lawyer, has extensive experience of advising on corporate insolvencies, particularly on an international level.

Lawyers call for clearer guidelines after ruling clouds eviction rights

COUNCIL lawyers face delays and confusion when advising on the eviction of travellers following High Court rulings on groups in East Sussex and Lincolnshire. At least 30 authorities are trying to obtain transcripts of the ruling and some solicitors believe the Government should issue new guidelines to clarify the application of the law. The court […]

Dublin cheats raise hackles of students

LAW students at King’s Inns in Dublin have protested over what they feel is the too lenient treatment accorded five future barristers caught cheating in their Bar exams. A lengthy investigation into the cheating – discovered as a result of a major increase in exam security – was conducted by a team of senior judges […]

I am the law

Third millennium, Mega City One. Judge Dredd and his Lawgiver, a gun genetically programmed to recognise his hand and controlled by his voice, dispense what passes for justice in a savage, overcrowded metropolis. Lawbreakers are arrested, tried and sentenced on the street. There are no courtrooms, only prisons, and citizens have no right of appeal. […]

Pension review deadline looms

The Law Society is urging firms which were involved in pensions transfers and opt-outs to ensure they meet the interim end of year deadline to review such cases. The firms are required by the SIB to investigate such cases following the pensions debacle where large numbers of clients were wrongly advised to transfer or opt […]


Travers Smith Braithwaite advised Hill Samuel Bank on the flotation of Benicia Ports. Benicia was advised by Baker & McKenzie in the UK and Peter Asitz and Michael Midda

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