5 October 1998

Media mistaken over hearing award

Lawyers for ex-policewoman Laura Dyer say the hearing damage she suffered was not a ‘risk of the job’. Roger Pearson reports. The AWARD of #175,000 made to the former undercover detective who sued the Metropolitan Police over her damaged hearing has been widely misunderstood by the media, according to her lawyers. The High Court awarded […]

Denton Hall appointed to review Net porn watchdog

THE Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and the Home Office have jointly appointed City firm Denton Hall and Big Five accountants KPMG to review independently the effectiveness of pornography watchdog the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). Denton Hall and KPMG jointly set up a web site last month that allows the public to express its […]

Neil White on how far the Reynolds case bolsters free speech

Neil White is litigation partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett. The Court of Appeal decision in Reynolds v Times Newspapers and Ors has been hailed as a breakthrough for free speech – but is it really quite such an advance? Reynolds, former Irish Taoiseach, said The Times had accused him of lying to parliament and sued […]

Practising abroad

Members of 42 Bars worldwide meet in Paris this week to discuss ways to make it easier for lawyers to practise abroad. The meeting has been organised by the American Bar Association, the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community, and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Clyde & Co goes global

INTERNATIONAL firm Clyde & Co has developed a world-wide know-how system with the help of IBM to give its lawyers access to the firm’s files via the Internet. The system – an intranet based on an IBM server and containing an extensive database – has been up and running in Clyde & Co’s London and […]

Quickening the pace of justice

Danny McNamee’s Appeal Court hearing this week is the latest triumph for the Criminal Cases Review Commission. By The Lawyer reporters. At 10am on Thursday morning, an Irish man named Gilbert “Danny” McNamee will walk into court six of London’s Royal Courts of Justice. His Court of Appeal hearing against a 1987 conviction for conspiracy […]


Bill Noad of Simmons & Simmons led the team which advised German fund Despa on a #140m forward funding package with Helical Bar on its Chiswell Street office development

In brief: Taylor Vinters names new managing director

East Anglian firm Taylor Vinters appointed Christine Berry as managing partner last week. She said it was a “prime time to take up the reins” at the 22-partner firm, which has strengthened its intellectual property, commercial litigation and company commercial work in the past year.

Recession:let's twist again

With a UK recession likely to follow hard on the heels of financial turmoil in Russia and the Far East, Alison Laferla says lawyers must remember the harsh lessons of the early 1990s. Andrew Tylee is a partner at Sterling Associates. The word recession might get insolvency solicitors rubbing their hands together in anticipation, but […]

Law Soc hosts crisis meeting over ethnic minority legal aid

Ethnic minority solicitors will call on the Government this week to change its legal aid reform timetable or risk depriving black and Asian communities in the UK of legal representation. The call will be made at a crisis meeting of more than 100 ethnic minority solicitors at Law Society headquarters. The meeting was organised by […]

Eversheds eyes Veale Wasbrough for merger

Eversheds is understood to be in merger talks with 29-partner Bristol firm Veale Wasbrough. If the merger goes ahead it will be a significant boost to Eversheds’ as yet unfulfilled ambitions to rival the leading Bristol firms, such as Osborne Clarke, Bevan Ashford and Burges Salmon. Although Eversheds already has an office in Bristol, it […]

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