6 November 1995

The Lawyer Inquiry: Catherine Reed

Catherine Reed is a trainee at Denton Hall. Before training as a lawyer she worked at the BBC World Service. What was your first job? Radio production assistant What was your first-ever salary as a lawyer? £11,000 before I started my articles. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? A radio […]

In brief: SBA accounts reveal funds deficit

An increase in grants and a reduction in investment income have been blamed for the £46,006 net deficit recorded by the Solicitor’s Benevolent Association in its 1994 accounts. SBA president Eila Rochfort says deficits have been recorded in the past but, as the Association has put no ceiling on awards made to beneficiaries, “this must […]

In brief: Fenners takes on top City duo

Recently-formed firm Fenners has doubled its size with the appointment of two City major players as partners. Founder partner John Fenner, a leading commercial property lawyer, left City-based Berwin Leighton in order to set up the firm with his son Robert Fenner last year. The firm’s new arrivals are Susan Guy, who was a partner […]

Couderts signs head of litigation

ELBORNE Mitchell partner Jonathan Clegg has joined the London office of multi-national practice Coudert Brothers as its head of litigation. Clegg started with Couderts last week, replacing former SJ Berwin & Co lawyer Dr Julian Lew, who left to join Herbert Smith after less than three years with the firm. Couderts’ London administrative partner Steven […]

Financing

Scots firm Dorman Jeffrey & Co acted for Nitto Albion in the issue of £23 million in debentures to finance golf club construction in Oxfordshire.

'Bizarre' legal aid league table confuses lawyers

LEGAL aid practitioners are expressing bewilderment at a “meaningless” league table of top earning firms which has prompted one “big earner” to reveal partnership salaries of less than £20,000. The league tables for firms and barristers were sent to Labour MP Frank Field by John Taylor, parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Field is […]

In brief: Law Society voices support for PI report

A House of Commons report attacking the way the Government claws back social security benefits from personal injury compensation pay outs has been welcomed by the Law Society. The report says methods used by the Department of Social Security to recover benefits goes against natural justice. The society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers […]

Rise in youth remand may spark review

THE PRE-TRIAL bail and remand process may be reviewed after statistics showed a dramatic increase in the number of boys under 17 being held on remand in England and Wales. A report, published last week by the Association of Chief Officers of Probation and the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, records […]

Lovells picks up ING work

Lovell White Durrant continues to act for Dutch bank ING Group in the aftermath of the rescue of crashed UK merchant bank Barings. It has also won new work from its ING clients in New York and Prague. Slaughter and May continues to act for Barings administrators Ernst & Young. Lovells worked closely with ING’s […]

Tyndallwoods takes Wills on Wheels to housebound

Birmingham firm Tyndallwoods is extending its one-hour will service by taking it into the homes of housebound clients. According to partner Judy Dyke, the new service, called ‘Wills on Wheels’, is one more step towards removing all solicitors’ work from the office and into the homes of clients. Working with Lotus Notes, Dyke last year […]

Storm brews over conditional fees

A DISPUTE between the Bar and the Law Society over terms of engagement for counsel is threatening to cloud the launch of conditional fees. Negotiations between the two branches of the profession over a model agreement acceptable to both sides have broken down. Instead of producing a single model document for solicitors and barristers to […]

Computer copyright proposals 'unfair'

COMPUTER lawyers have given a cool response to plans for new copyright laws to be put before the Department of Trade and Industry this week. The proposals aimed at controlling the use of protected material on the Internet have been criticised as “unfair” and “unworkable”. Plans for a “transmission right” to ensure copyright owners receive […]

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