5 September 1994

The Lawyer Inquiry: Sailesh Mehta

Sailesh Mehta practises as a barrister from Verulam chambers. He is general secretary of the Society of Asian Lawyers and sits on the Bar’s human rights committee. He was born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1963, and now lives in London. What was your first job? Dishwasher in a canteen. On day two of the job […]

Liberals challenge Euro election result

Roger Pearson A case scheduled for November could break new ground in election law. The action has been brought by the Liberal Democrats and follows the defeat of the party’s candidate for Devon and Plymouth in the European elections held in June this year. Their candidate, Adrian Saunders was beaten after a recount by Tory […]

Practices to host Chinese secondees

CHINESE lawyer Li Jun has been seconded to Leeds firm Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick as part of a Law Society training scheme. The new recruit, currently employed as chief of the economic affairs department of the State Law Firm for Cuangxi Province, will join the firm for a three-month placement. Eversheds is one of only […]

Nabarros represents environmentalist

City firm Nabarro Nathanson defended environmentalist David Plumstead who was prosecuted for running a voluntary recycling scheme for 70 households in Kent. The firm’s environment department took on the case, brought by Kent Waste Regulation Authority, as part of its pro bono work. Barrister Philip Mead, of 15 Old Square, agreed to act on the […]


Lawyers reject police ‘tactical suing’ claim

A LEADING legal authority on civil actions against the police has hit back at claims that lawyers are “tactically” suing the force in London because it is a “soft target”. Hugh Tomlinson, a barrister at New Court Chambers, says the rise in out-of-court settlements is probably because people are becoming increasingly aware of their rights. […]

Rev Jesse Jackson set to open 10,000 strong ABA conference

THE Reverend Jesse Jackson was due to give the keynote speech on the criminal justice system at the American Bar Association (ABA) conference as The Lawyer went to press. The conference is set to be one of the biggest ever, with 10,000 delegates and 3,000 guests at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. William […]

Devon firm relocates in expansion drive

DEVON-based firm Veitch Penny has announced plans to move to new offices in Exeter as part of an overall expansion of the practice. In autumn the firm, which also operates a Crediton office and an associate firm in Tiverton, will relocate from its high street premises to a new 8,000 sq ft office based in […]

Bristol Law Soc president to act for West

President of the Bristol Law Society Tony Miles is acting for Frederick West, the Gloucester builder facing mass murder charges. Miles, a partner with Bobbetts Mackan, takes charge of the case from Cheltenham sole practitioner Howard Ogden, who was dropped by West last week. Ogden, known in the area as Oggie, refused to comment on […]

EAT rebukes industrial tribunal chair

The Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled that an industrial tribunal chair who asked an Asian applicant if he spoke English was discourteous and disrespectful. In its judgment the EAT said chair Stella Hollis had acted irregularly when she asked former Westminster College lecturer Minya Laher about his ethnic origins. Laher was appearing at the tribunal […]

Dibbs partner to chase Lloyd's Names

Lloyd’s of London has appointed a Dibb Lupton Broomhead insolvency partner to help create a scheme to rake in the millions of pounds in unpaid debts from Names refusing to pay. The lawyer, 28-year old Philip Holden, will work with Lloyd’s chief executive Peter Middleton and Bernard Bradford, a former National Westminster Bank bad debt […]

Ashursts wins legal challenge race

The team from City firm Ashurst Morris Crisp came first in this year’s Great Legal Challenge, organised as part of the Chemical Bank Corporate Challenge, last month. Around 7,000 runners from 500 companies and firms entered the three-and-a-half mile race in London’s Battersea Park. The team of five from Ashursts was the fastest of the […]