8 January 1996

The Lawyer Inquiry: Katherine Reid

Katherine Reid was born on 14 July 1962 in New York. She is a partner at Kingsley Napley, specialising in commercial litigation and employment. What was your first job? Switchboard operator in a toy factory. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £10,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a […]

Alter prison law, but not Howard's way

The RECENT furore over the way prisoners’ sentences are calculated at first appeared to be normal silly season fare. But on closer examination it raised issues that bemused many lawyers, as well as their clients in prison, revealing starkly the complexities of prison law. Statutory provisions for calculating remand time are in CJA 1967 section […]


Garrett & Co acted on a $16m flotation of the Egypt Fund


Davies Wallis Foyster advised Manchester Airport on the sale of a site to be developed with a 73,000 sq ft office building.

Project financing

Berwin Leighton represented Peel Holdings on a £220m lease and bank financing of the development of a regional shopping centre at Trafford Park

Matchmaking for survival

Size, it seems, is everything. With the merger of Dibb Lupton Broomhead and Alsop Wilkinson making Dibb Lupton Alsop – now the largest firm in the North West in fee-earner numbers – the issue of critical mass remains one of the main considerations for success and survival in the legal market. The merger has excited […]

Hallett bids to be bar's first female chair

Heather Hallett QC has mounted a powerful bid to become the first female leader of the Bar Council. Hallett and Douglas Day QC, both senior criminal barristers, are the only contenders for the post of Bar Council vice-chair. Both are strong candidates, and both have been nominated by senior figures. But Hallett, as one of […]

Ireland introduces a seven-year term for senior judges

Moves are under way in Ireland to bring judicial appointments in line with other areas of public life by fixing a seven-year non-renewable term for senior judges. The change is the most radical of the recommendations made by a courts commission set up by justice minister Nora Owen to devise a more efficient judicial system. […]

City firms to take advantage of limited liability in Jersey

Top City law firms are likely to follow accountants in registering in Jersey under its new limited liability law, according to a lawyer who helped draft it. Mike Lombardi, partner at Jersey firm Ogier & Le Masurier, which helped one of the big six accountancy firms and the Jersey Parliament draft the law, said he […]

Pitmans draws yet another from City

Pitmans of Reading has recruited another City lawyer in what it claims is its best-ever year. The firm, which has a policy of paying City rates to bring in good lawyers, has grown from six partners in 1990 to 15 partners. Irene Dallas, a partner with Herbert Smith for two-and-a-half years, joined Pitmans’ litigation department […]

In brief: Leigh Day & Co takes on tobacco action

Leigh Day & Co is taking up the cases of 40 lung-cancer victims on a “no win, no fee” basis, following the Legal Aid Board’s refusal to provide legal aid in July. In Britain’s first group action funded by a conditional fee arrangement, the victims seek to sue two tobacco firms – Imperial Tobacco and […]


Two separate initiatives encouraging law firms to implement “green” housekeeping policies kick off this month. The launch by the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) of a new campaign to make lawyers more environmentally friendly coincides with the staging of a gala fundraising green dinner for leading members of the legal community. ELF has been awarded £12,600 […]

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