9 December 1996

Barristers on the breadline

I was interested to read an article in your most recent edition on a proposed project to organise bank facilities to provide barristers with a regular salary. It is good to see that someone is looking at this subject as many barristers are struggling to make ends meet. Barristers are in a very difficult position […]

Not barred – just ineligible

I write in response to the report carried in The Lawyer (5 November) under the byline of Backstabber. While the report correctly states that the media was not permitted to attend the general meeting of the International Bar Association, which last month elected Dianna Kempe QC as secretary-general, in claiming that a “strict press exclusion […]

Herbert Smith appoints new man for Japan

Herbert Smith has appointed a consultant from Tokyo to develop the firm’s network in Japan. Professor Oda is a professor of Japanese law at University College London. He is qualified as an attorney in Japan and has received a doctorate from the University of Tokyo. He will liaise with Herbert Smith’s lawyers in London and […]

Project finance

Denton Hall advised the Department of Transport in its award of a design


Stephenson Harwood is acting for Robert Fleming Group and its subsidiary Caxtoncrest in the £2.85m sale of an 18,000sq ft Maidenhead property to Artesian Estates. Artesian was advised by Finers.

A burning ambition

Alex Carter-Silk Alex Carter-Silk’s arrival at DJ Freeman six months ago has not gone unnoticed amongst the wags at the firm. The maverick fashion guru found himself spread across four pages of the most recent issue of the firm’s in-house magazine Unfettered News (of the World) under the headline “Known arsonist joins DJ Freeman. The […]

The track to the top is getting tougher

The key message from the latest Michael Page/The Lawyer recruitment survey is very clear: career planning is essential from day one of a lawyer’s entry to the profession. No longer can lawyers sit idly by and simply hope that they make the partnership grade or get into industry if all else fails. On the partnership […]

Girling's letter reveals director's job hunting

A LETTER dispatched to the Law Society’s 70 council members by president Tony Girling has revealed details of a senior director’s private job-hunting activities, including his failed bid to become head of the College of Law. The circular, which also announced the redundancy of another Law Society director, has astonished council members and staff alike. […]

Merger repercussions

Law firm mergers have been taking up a lot of column inches recently. Some may be strategic but the ones that attract the most attention are those that are forced by necessity. In the words of one senior accountant: “This is when two plus two adds up to three-and-three-quarters instead of the desired five.” Alistair […]

First Russian judges arrive for UK fact-finding missions

A group of top Russian judges has arrived in London for a two-week study tour of the UK judicial system. Headed by the chair of the Supreme Court of Russia, the group of 11 judges are on a fact-finding mission in preparation for a reform of the Russian judicial system. The tour is expected to […]

Stress levels reduced after Hardwicke Buildings move

A change of venue has resulted in a change of attitude for barristers and staff at Hardwicke Building Chambers. The 70 tenants of the Lincoln’s Inn chambers moved from their cramped 6,000sq ft site to a new 17,500sq ft complex earlier this year. It was officially opened by Lord Woolf on 4 November. Chambers chief […]

Partnership. End of a long relationship?

Today, we take for granted the existence of large professional partnerships, while forgetting that their hectic growth was a feature of the prosperous 1980s. In the UK, until 1967 there existed an upper limit of 20 on the number of partners permitted in a professional practice. The removal of that lid caused the kettle to […]

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