4 May 1998

Fraudulent bills hit stormy seas

Roger Pearson looks at a High Court decision that highlights the use of ante-dated and false bills of lading to secure bank credit A blow has been struck against those who use ante-dated and false bills of lading in international trade in order to satisfy the requirements of letters of credit, or to assist those […]

Deportation appeals pending

The House of Lords is currently considering whether to hear appeals by Philomena Gangadeen, Daniel Jurawan and Khalid Khan against Home Office deportation rulings. The appeals, if allowed, will raise the question of whether, in a case where a decision affects the interests of a child of a prospective deportee, it is incumbent on the […]

Sheffield firm engulfs Leeds insolvency practice

SHEFFIELD firm Keeble Hawson swallowed up Leeds-based six-partner firm RC Moorhouse & Co last week to create the tenth largest firm in Yorkshire. The new firm, Keeble Hawson Moorhouse, has 22 partners and 55 other fee earners. Spokesman Jonathan Armstrong said: “We have made no secret of the fact that we wanted to expand into […]

Judgments go online via Smith Bernal Web site

A FREE Internet service with details of all Court of Appeal and Crown Court judgments has been launched by official court reporters Smith Bernal. Reports will be made available to the public on the same day that they are released by the judiciary via a service known as Casebase, which has been developed at a […]

Legal aid reforms – an accident waiting to happen?

The Law Society looked at how real firms would cope with the legal aid shake-up – and the results are not promising. THE furore last week over whether or not lawyers are “fat cats” overshadowed the gloomy results of independent research undertaken by Sheffield University into the potential impact on firms of the government’s planned […]

A&O's hiccup could prove fatal

European alliances and mergers are all the rage, but conflicting ambitions can be destructive, reports Richard Tyler As Linklaters readies itself to plunge into a federation of the seven leading firms in Europe, it would do well to take a careful look at the problems its rival Allen & Overy is experiencing on the Continent. […]

Treves makes way for Sutton in Macfarlanes shake-up

Macfarlanes’ high-profile senior partner Vanni Treves is to step down after 12 years in the role, along with managing partner Roger Formby, who is to retire from the firm. Treves, whose name has become almost synonymous with Macfarlanes and who is widely known for his directorships, including the chairmanship of Channel 4, will be replaced […]

Masons constructs office north of the border

MASONS has become only the third English firm after Cameron Mckenna and Thompsons to set up in Scotland by poaching two of Scotland’s leading construction lawyers. The firm has hired McGrigor Donald partner Vincent Connor – who was number two in McGrigors’ top-rated construction department – and senior solicitor Ian Laing, to open an associated […]

In brief: Legal Network TV launches training service

The College of Law’s subsidiary Legal Network Television (LNTV), has launched a new training service for accountants under the name “Accountants Law”. The service allows accountants to pick and mix from the same programmes as LNTV produces for practising lawyers.

Law Society goes online after DTI grant

The Law Society launched a new Internet Web site last week, following a £43,000 Department of Trade and Industry grant as part of an attempt to make the profession more accessible to the public.

When size really does matter

As the legal market becomes more polarised, large regional firms face three key strategic choices, reports Richard Tyler This year’s big shake-up in the UK legal market came courtesy of Arthur Andersen and Wilde Sapte. The impact will be felt not only by those City firms just below the top five by size. National and […]

… and sends two HK-bound to build insolvency practice

Cameron McKenna is sending two insolvency partners to its Hong Kong office to build its first insolvency practice in the region in the wake of the Asian financial collapse. Partner David Kidd, who has advised on the administration of Polly Peck, will head the practice. Dan Hamilton will join him for three months to help […]

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