6 September 2004

PI lawyers hit out over referral fees

Personal injury lawyers hit out yesterday (Wednesday 8 August) at the Law Society’s stance on referral fees. Speakers at the launch of London Accident Link, including Louise Christian of Christian Khan Solicitors, condemned the society for allowing referral fees, saying they compromise ethical standards. A postal ballot of members is currently underway following a resolution […]

Cobbetts snaps up niche housing practice

Cobbetts is onto its fourth merger in 10 months as it takes on the Leeds office of niche housing practice Walker Charlesworth & Foster. The North-West firm, which joined up with Wilbraham & Co in Leeds in July this year, is hiring Walker Charlesworth’s two Leeds-based partners, one assistant, two paralegals and three support staff. […]

Law Society condemns mental health bill

The Law Society today condemned government proposals for a new mental health bill. Chief executive Janet Paraskeva said that the bill does not help people suffering from mental health problems, instead concentrating on the perceived danger posed by those people. The society also says that the bill’s definition of mental health is too broad, and […]

Grapevine

News that Admiral’s £700m-plus flotation is on track has been greeted in some quarters as an indication that the UK’s new issues market is about to get a much-needed kick up the backside. A quick straw poll of City lawyers indicates that many of you are dubious about an IPO revival, but Admiral’s confidence will […]

Walt Disney European general counsel quits

Walt Disney’s European general counsel Rosemary Bloom has quit after 10 years with the media giant. Bloom, who has been in the post for four years, is leaving the company to take a career break and moving to France. She is responsible for a team of 27 lawyers and is also responsible for managing Disney’s […]

Competition expert returns to fold at Stanbrook & Hooper

International competition law and trade practices firm Stanbrook & Hooper has re-appointed a former partner of the firm to boost is competition and intellectual property expertise. Frank Schoneveld rejoins the Belgian-based firm as partner advising on EU law, principally in competition and intellectual property. He was originally a partner of Stanbrook & Hooper from 1989 […]

Lord Mayor calls for freedom of practice for international law firms in South Korea

The Lord Mayor of London this week praised South Korea’s efforts to allow international law firms to have a presence in the country. Robert Finch, the current Lord Mayor and a partner at Linklaters, was speaking at a seminar in the South Korean capital Seoul organised by the Law Society and the Korean Bar Association. […]

Clementi sparks surveyors into review of industry regulation

Sir David Clementi’s review of legal regulation is sparking action in other professional services industries. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) yesterday (Tuesday, 7 September) announced it has engaged Sir Bryan Carsberg to undertake a review of its regulatory function, prompted in part by government-driven consultations like Clementi. Carsberg will examine all aspects of […]

Lovells adds dispute resolution capability in Madrid

Lovells’ fledgling Madrid office has been boosted following the appointment of Jose Luis Huerta to head the firm’s Spanish dispute resolution practice. Huerta, previously a senior associate at Landwell’s Spanish arm, is the second partner to join Lovells’ Madrid arm. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 26 February the City firm hired Cuatrecasus’ former head […]

Field Fisher raids Mayer Brown for property litigator

Field Fisher Waterhouse has further bolstered its real estate department with the hire of a property litigator from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. Antony Phillips has been appointed as head of the property litigation team, part of Field Fisher’s real estate department. His hire is in line with the firm’s strategy for growth and ambition […]

UK government attempts to avoid impact of EU on employment legislation fail

An EU law expert will next week tell trade unions that the government’s attempts to avoid the effect of the European constitution on employment legislation have failed. Professor Brian Bercusson, who lectures in European social and labour law at King’s College London, has prepared a report for the TUC on the potential effects of the […]

Fleck v Gold for Herbies top job

Herbert Smith has formally kick-started the process to appoint a new senior partner, with two candidates emerging as early contenders for the post. Practice partner and litigator Richard Fleck and head of litigation David Gold have both confirmed their interest in standing. Herbert Smith’s current senior partner Richard Bond, whose tenure expires at the end […]

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