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Experience not essential

Roger Pearson on a tragic case of a young barrister’s parachute accident The High Court ruling two weeks ago on the tragic death of barrister Tatiana Pond in a freak parachute accident, focuses on new areas of sporting liability. Pond died after an 8,000ft parachute drop ended with her landing on the plane from which […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/01/95

NISHITH DADUBHAI PATEL, admitted 1984, practised initially in partnership as Chawla Sanghvi Patel, and latterly as sole practitioner in Wembley, fined u7,000 and ordered to pay u3,215 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to account adequately to a client, failed to reply to Solicitors Complaints Bureau correspondence promptly, was guilty of inordinate and inexcusable delay in […]

Dubai loan dispute gets UK hearing

Roger Pearson reports on the court battle between the Al Fayeds and the Government of Dubai The Dubai government looks set to face accusations, in a pending High Court breach of contract action, of using a loan as a tool for political pressure against Mohammed Al Fayed and his brothers. The dispute is over a […]

Litigation Writs 17/01/95

Nicholas Kerman, who was sacked from a u62,000 a year job, has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from BS Group, of Stapleton Road, Eastville, Bristol, and SR Restaurant, of New Cavendish Street, London W1. Kerman was appointed chief executive of SR Restaurant on September 4, 1990, and his employment could only be terminated […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 17/01/95

Medical council: Privy Council found no fault with decision. Medical practitioners’ appeals against disciplinary sentences Dr Edward Yaw Asirifi v The General Medical Council (1995) (PC 13/12/94) (Lords Keith, Browne-Wilkinson, Slynn) Summary: Privy Council does not interfere with sentences imposed by the disciplinary committee of the General Medical Council where no fault can be found […]

Hurley mugging

Actress Liz Hurley is scheduled to take to the witness box at Southwark Crown Court later this year. She will be called as a witness in the trial of four teenage girls accused of mugging her and stealing u10 and photographs. The alleged incident took place near her Chelsea home on 23 November last year.

Pub fights likely after appeal

Roger Pearson on a publican’s successful challenge against an unpopular lease Publicans from all over the country may head for the courts to challenge controversial business leases, which they claim have been imposed on them against their will, after an Appeal Court victory for a Norwich publican. Julian Maitland-Walker of Charles Russell, who spearheaded the […]

Police accused of corruption

The trial of two Scotland Yard detectives, Kevin Cressey and John Donald, who are accused of corruption involving dealing in drugs and taking major bribes is scheduled to begin at the Old Bailey on 25 April. At the time of the alleged offences they were working for a south London regional crime squad.

Litigator's view

Henry Sherman questions Lord Woolf’s revised role for experts In his initial report published last month Lord Woolf makes clear his allegiance to the present adversarial system. The section of the report which has attracted least attention is that relating to experts which if implemented will give the court a range of powers and responsibilities […]

Moving onwards and upwards

The hard lesson of the recession that no one can rely on a job for life has created a highly competitive and challenging recruitment market within the legal profession. Headlines in The Lawyer over the last few months give an insight into high-profile moves which have sent shock waves through the profession: ‘Sinclairs shipping team […]

Cinema murder trial begins

The trial of David Lauwers, for the specimen murder of one of many businessmen who died in a London sex cinema fire, is scheduled to commence at the Old Bailey on 16 January.

Contempt review granted

n Leave was granted last Tuesday for an application for judicial review of the Attorney General’s decision not to take contempt action over national newspaper reporting of the trial of the Taylor Sisters. Stephens Innocent partner Mark Stephens, acting for the sisters, said the hearing is expected to take place in April.

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