8 June 1998

In brief: Employment lawyers lobby over White Paper

The Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has called on the Government to give proper funding to the Industrial Tribunals and the Central Arbitration Committee following the changes proposed in the Fairness at Work white paper. The ELA predicts a massive increase in the workload of the two organisations.

Barclays in milk quota row

Hywel Harries has been granted leave to challenge High Court and Appeal Court rulings that Barclays Bank (which re-possessed his farm in Dyfed) was entitled to regard a charge over the property as including a milk quota allocated some years after the property was charged. Harries argues that the milk quota, having been granted after […]

Sharing out the CFA workload

Conditional fee arrangements can work – if barristers are willing to change, says senior clerk Clark Chessis. Clark Chessis is senior clerk at No 1 Serjeants’ Inn, the chambers of Edward Faulks QC. “Why should I work for nothing?” pleaded a barrister in my chambers when offered a set of conditional fee instructions 12 months […]

In brief: Bar Council and Govt discuss new fee system

The Bar Council is in talks with the Government to introduce a transparent and accountable fee system. Bar Council chairman Heather Hallett QC said that although much of the criminal Bar’s work is already covered by fixed fee rates, the Bar wanted to widen that scheme so that all criminal cases have pre-negotiated fees.

Ashursts star in hostile double

Chris Ashworth (pictured right) is leading two Ashurst Morris Crisp teams advising on different hostile takeovers, together worth over £600m. Corporate partner Ashworth is acting for lighting company TLG, the target of a £353m unsolicited takeover offer from manufacturing group Wassall. Ashworth’s team also includes fellow corporate partner David Kershaw, employment partner Caroline Carter and […]

In brief: Tarpey appointed managing partner at TJG

Head of the corporate department, Declan Tarpey, has been appointed managing partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett, with effect from the end of September. Tarpey took over from Richard Marsh, who was appointed in 1995, and his appointment will be for three years. He was also joint head of the projects group. Corporate partner Tim Eyles […]

CC pulls corporate head and associates out of Singapore

By Richard Tyler. The Asian crisis has forced Clifford Chance to bring the head of its Singapore corporate finance practice and two associates back to London. David Eatough and the two corporate finance associates have returned to London, leaving Clifford Chance with 22 lawyers in Singapore. Sam Bonifant, senior partner in Singapore, said if given […]

In brief: New code of practice for Scottish lawyers

In Scotland, a code of practice for solicitors carrying out criminal legal assistance came into effect on 1 October. The code is designed to assure clients that there is a consistent quality of service. To obtain legal aid, solicitors must sign up to it. Currently 680 firms and 1,741 individual solicitors have done so.

In brief: Publishers sponsor Cardiff Law School chair

Maritime and commercial law publishers LLP is sponsoring a chair within Cardiff Law School at Cardiff University. The chair, which will be known as the Lloyd’s Law Reports Chair of Commercial Law, will be held by Professor Robert Merkin.

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Eversheds posted to Bloody Sunday Inquiry

A team of 32 lawyers from Eversheds’ litigation department are being sent to Northern Ireland for two months to interview witnesses to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. The firm won a tender put out by the Lord Chancellor’s Department in July and last week placed 20 lawyers in offices in Derry’s Guild Hall where the Lord […]

Linklaters finds new guardian in Angel

Linklaters’ management board has selected 45-year-old head of tax Tony Angel as its new managing partner to replace Terence Kyle. Angel emerged as the favoured candidate over the other front-runner – litigation partner Diana Good – after the management board took partnership soundings last week. There was no vote. His appointment is a vote of […]

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