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Taking the fizz out of forgery

The recent six-month jail sentence imposed on a Coventry man who refused to obey an injunction ordering him to give information about fellow members of a gang counterfeiting Coca-Cola and Schweppes drinks has been welcomed by lawyers who specialise in intellectual property. Mr Justice Lightman’s tough stance against Peter Pericleous in the Chancery Division of […]

Accountants fall behind

ACCOUNTANTS are losing out as the UK legal market undergoes a period of mobility. A study carried out by The Lawyer and Baker Tilly shows that dissatisfaction with accountancy services and increased merger activity among the legal profession has resulted in a growing number of lawyers taking their business elsewhere (see page 16). Last year […]

LCD presses ahead with legal aid White Paper

THE LORD Chancellor’s department is planning to publish a White Paper on legal aid reform in the spring. A spokeswoman from the department has identified November 1996 as the earliest possible date for legislation. But she said that the date depended on the availability of parliamentary time and the length of the consultation period needed […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Martha Rafferty

Martha Rafferty is an assistant solicitor with Anthony Mahon & Co specialising in criminal law. She was born in Glasgow in 1960 and now lives in Lenzie. What was your first job? Play group leader. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £3,800. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a […]

OJ – what price for UK law?

If US justice has indeed been on trial in the OJ Simpson case, most observers will feel that, unlike the defendant, it has been resoundingly convicted. And if that is right, is UK justice merely on remand, awaiting the same fate? It is surely dangerous to be too categoric of vicious circles. The media coverage […]

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