Lawrence Tomlinson’s report on RBS lending found there was evidence it had let some small businesses default

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In Washington, they talk of the revolving door through which lawyers and others pass as they move from government to private sector and back again. The British equivalent may be more of a Berlin Wall, but it is traversable - as Richard Thomas has proved.

Law: Carry on campaigning: David Tench may be retiring fromthe Consumers' Association, but he doesn't intend to stop work, he tells Sharon Wallach

Alegal institution will disappear at the end of the month with the retirement of David Tench after 25 years of campaigning for the Consumers' Association (CA).

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Clifford Chance has appointed two American- qualified partners for its US securities practice. Kevin Kelley has been with the firm in New York for 18 months and Richard Kosnik has joined from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

BZW sues City law firm over B&C advice: Clifford Chance facing claim that could run into millions of pounds

THE INVESTMENT banking arm of Barclays Bank, BZW, is suing Clifford Chance for negligence over advice the law firm gave to British & Commonwealth's banking syndicate in 1987.

QMH rescue hit by blunder: Resolutions passed at recent meetings found to be invalid

QUEENS Moat Houses' reconstruction plans were thrown into embarrassing confusion last night when the company admitted that resolutions passed at annual meetings were invalid.

Law Report: Duty of care is owed to names: Arbuthnott v Feltrim; Deeny v Gooda Walker; Henderson v The Merrett Syndicates - Court of Appeal (Sir Thomas Bingham, Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Hoffmann and Lord Justice Henry), 13 December 1993.

Underwriting agents of Lloyd's names, whether members' agents or managing agents or both, owe a duty of care to their names to exercise reasonable care and skill in the conduct of underwriting business.

Serious test for fraud office: Consistently outplayed in the courts, the SFO is losing the confidence, of the public, says Richard Thomson

THE SERIOUS Fraud Office has done it again. Last Wednesday it lost another fraud case, failed to get convictions, and saw months of legal work collapse around its ears. The three defendants in the Duralite affair walked scot-free from the Old Bailey; their case dismissed on the grounds that they had no case to answer. It was also disclosed that the SFO had passed confidential information to a City law firm when it was not entitled to.

View from City Road: A lesson for the SFO

The case of Kenneth Renton, the investment manager sentenced yesterday to four years in prison, does few favours for the beleaguered Serious Fraud Office.

Another setback for Serious Fraud Office as trial collapses: Investigators passed confidential information to City law firm

THE SERIOUS Fraud Office faced fresh embarrassment last night after an Old Bailey judge ruled that three businessman facing charges of fraud had no case to answer. Labour renewed calls for the SFO to be replaced with a centralised body for prosecution of financial crimes. One MP described the present system as 'worse than useless'.

Law: Free trade in Europe for legal services: A new directive will enable lawyers to practise more easily in member state countries, writes Adam Sage

It has taken many years of negotiations, many frustrating meetings and many angry exchanges. But at last the way is clear for lawyers to transfer their skills and experience from one European country to another.

Law Update: Chance scholarships

Clifford Chance has presented its business law scholarships to lawyers from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia. The awards, offered for the third year running, comprise a one-year LLM course in commercial law at University College London and a further year's practical experience at Clifford Chance.

Training: City's reputation is a magnet for new capitalists: 20 young managers from all corners of the former Soviet Union will be seeking skills here to effect changes at home

NOBODY can doubt that the former Soviet Union is going through great turmoil. But the countries emerging are eager to find people who can bring about further transformation, particularly in business.

Inside Story: Nobody is safe: The culture of insecurity has the middle classes in its grip. Nick Cohen on the steep decline in permanent employment

ON 2 AUGUST this year, hundreds of middle-class students clamouring to join what was once a dull but safe profession received a numbing rebuff. The Law Society's reply to their requests for work was hedged with euphemisms and offers of help, but the gist was clear: if you think you can become a solicitor in the next few years, forget it.

London 'key law centre': Survey finds fees among the highest in Europe

BRITISH law firms charge their corporate clients some of the highest fees in Europe, according to a survey published today.

Pembroke: Lawson moves markets

Some interesting share dealings recently by Nigel (Lord) Lawson in Barclays Bank, where he has been a non-executive director since 1990. Curiously for a man of his financial acumen they involved buying tranches of shares and then cunningly selling them later the same day at a slight loss.
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