6 May 1996

ACA protocol eclipsed by concern over placements

Budget cuts may force the CPS to freeze its legal trainee placement scheme next year. News that the scheme, which saw 30 trainee lawyers taken on this year, may not go ahead in 1997 has overshadowed the signing of a protocol designed to boost the number of ethnic minority lawyers who work for it. The […]

WTO to consider free cross-border practice

The World Trade Organisation looks set to launch an investigation into the right of lawyers to practise freely across national borders. A spokesman from the WTO working party on professional services, which is currently examining the liberalisation of the provision of accountancy services, said plans to look at lawyers were likely to be unveiled during […]

Practices should be on MDP red alert

The legal profession is facing a period of dramatic change. As accountancy firms creep more and more into the equation, the proposition of a major law firm getting it on with one of the Big Six accountancy firms is no longer out of the question. In fact, it is becoming ever more likely as the […]


Lawrence Graham acted for Second St David’s Trust on a £46m flotation by introduction and a £2.715m placing on the London Stock Exchange .


Cameron Markby Hewitt acted for Victory Corporation on its admission to AIM and its placing by Societe Generale Strauss Turnbull Securities.

Project finance

Scottish firm MacRoberts has been appointed to manage Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s PFI contract.

The Lawyer Inquiry: Hilary Ross

Hilary Ross was born in Ayrshire on 25 April 1969. She now lives in London and is assistant solicitor with Sonnenscheins. What was your first job? General dogsbody in a law firm. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? A shiny bead and a feather. What would you have done if you hadn’t […]

Herbert Smith claims success as gas case heads for appeal

Herbert Smith has claimed success for its client United Gas in a court battle with National Power over a controversial “take-or-pay” gas contract. Under the three-year deal, of a type common to the North Sea gas industry, United Gas agreed to pay National Power a specified amount each year for gas delivery, whether or not […]

Silicon Valley jobs

Lovell White Durrant lawyer Julie Miller has been appointed head of a new office in San Francisco designed to encourage US companies in Silicon Valley to create jobs in the UK. Miller is a solicitor in Lovells’ corporate finance department and vice consul in the British Consulate General in Atlanta, Georgia.

In brief: Three new partners join SJ Berwin & Co

SJ Berwin & Co has appointed three new partners to the firm’s corporate finance, property and securities practices. Graham Nichoson, who left Baker & Mckenzie’s Moscow office in July, has joined the firm’s corporate finance practice. Nichoson said there was nothing significant in his move from Moscow other than a desire for a career change. […]

Whitewater counsel. Starr puts Kirklands on the map

Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr is fond of using themes when he tells stories. In the Whitewater investigation, a matter that can be as perplexing as it is complicated, he says the story is all about the truth. “Ultimately, Whitewater is about truth-telling in connection with loans made in the 1980s as well as with […]

Call for avenue of redress against auditors

Inept or malicious district auditors should be able to be sued if it is proved they have damaged the career of an individual, a barrister specialising in local government has claimed. Elizabeth Andrew, a tenant at Devereux Chambers, says that while a council can sue for a negligent audit, an individual whose reputation is soiled […]

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