6 January 1997

Call to help Kenyan lawyers

Local law societies in England and Wales are being encouraged to form links with lawyers in Kenya as part of a new initiative to prevent human rights abuses of lawyers by the Kenyan authorities. The call to forge links is contained in a report on human rights abuses in Kenya drawn up by the Law […]

Show's over, let's go to work

Hong Kong’s new Chinese dawn is seen as a wake-up call to do business rather than a signal to panic, says Mark Selway. Mark Selway is a freelance journalist. For many among Hong Kong’s legal community, the handover to China presents little excitement. They are simply waiting for the dust to settle so that they […]

Personal publicity for publicity's sake

Negative campaigning is nothing new. Robert Sayer thinks Martin Mears doth protest too much. Over the past week Martin Mears has whipped up a media storm over an alleged “dirty tricks” campaign. As I was one of the alleged victims of those “dirty tricks”, I have made it my business to find out exactly what […]


Lovell White Durrant and Clayton Utz acted for Societe Generale Asia and SocGen Asia Securitisation, the arrangers of a HK$778m (£65m) securitisation of Hong Kong Telecom Group employee mortgages – the first Hong Kong securitisation to have a AAA rating guaranteed by an insurance company.

Mills:I'm no quitter

Barbara Mills John Malpas finds it takes more than a government rebuff, trade union antagonism and personal attacks to force the head of the CPS, Barbara Mills QC, into submission BARBARA Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is no Eddy George. Considering resigning in the face of government intervention, as the Governor of the […]

Storm brewing in Law Soc teacup

Solicitors are no doubt fed up with the current election campaigns. Yet again, Chancery Lane’s attempts at democracy have caused a furore – instead of hearing the issues, solicitors find themselves turned off the whole process. However, the profession would be well-advised to take note of what is really going on. At a time when […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Chris Arnheim

Chris Arnheim was born in Edgware in London. He lives in Bromley is the founder of Arnheim & Co. What was your first job? Ground crew for the SAS (Scandinavian Airlines). What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £5,350 as a Freshfields trainee in 1982. What would you have done if you hadn’t […]

Vetting may deny small firms role in PFI system

Small law firms are likely to be ousted from Private Finance Initiative (PFI) work following the Government’s announcement that advisers will have to be vetted by a new Treasury taskforce to be established this week. Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson is setting up the taskforce today, to replace the semi-independent PFI panel and to approve the […]

Honour among professional colleagues?

Two of the main players in the war of words over an alleged “dirty tricks” campaign planned for this year’s Law Society presidential election put forward their side of the story. Many a word is said in jest, but sometimes it reveals true intentions, says Martin Mears. During this election campaign I have concentrated on […]

Blowing the whistle on Smearsgate

Phillip Sycamore’s Law Society presidential campaign shot itself in the foot last week following leaked minutes of a meeting of his supporters. WITH friends like Simon Baker, it seems, who needs enemies. Baker, a Law Society council member and chair of its education and training committee, has been nursing a long-cherished ambition to silence his […]

Practice shares out pensions cases

Bristol firm Ringrose Wharton & Co is handing some of its pensions miss-selling cases to Shacklocks of Mansfield and Nottingham to enable it to keep to the strict timetable set by the Bristol Mercantile Court, where an expert pensions judge is handling all the cases in the UK. The practice is acting for many of […]

Kevin Pettican on High Court powers to grant interim relief.

Kevin Pettican is a barrister at Warner Cranston. The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (Interim Relief) Order 1987, which came into force on 1 April this year, significantly extends the power of the High Court to grant interim relief in support of proceedings taking place in another jurisdiction. Prior to the order, the High […]

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