Online June 2014
Eversheds’ head of London real estate Bruce Dear has commented on the pricing of Zoopla’s flotation.
Paul Simpson has joined Gateley’s Nottingham office as corporate senior associate. In addition, William Cursham has been promoted to construction associate.
One-stop shops — the solution to protracted procedures for obtaining a construction permit? download
For years now Serbia has been attempting to speed up the procedure for obtaining construction permits by frequent changes of the legal framework.
While Twitter and the like are valuable business development tools, lawyers who use them must ensure they comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct.
$50,000 fine after trip-over-cord accident shows employers must listen to safety committee recommendations download
A nurse’s trip over a cord has landed a hospital a CAD50,000 fine where the joint health and safety committee had previously documented cord trips as a known hazard.
‘By right’ or ‘as of right’: Supreme Court holds that public recreation ground cannot be registered as a village green
In Barkas, the issue was whether the Helredale playing field could be registered as a village green under section 15(2) of the Commons Act 2006.
The recent High Court case of Warm Zones is a useful reminder for employers of the best steps to take to protect confidential information.
John Bignall has acted for the successful claimant in Martrade Shipping & Transport GmbH v United Enterprises Corporation  EWHC 1884 (Comm).
DECC’s UK Solar PV Strategy Part 1: Roadmap to a Brighter Future sets out the strategy for the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation in the UK.
A call for more local authority engagement by three leading voluntary and community sector organisations download
Three leading voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have called on local authorities to ensure they engage with the voluntary sector at all stages of the commissioning process.
The County Court has ordered a new lease for a term of 10 years on lease renewal. The 10-year term is double the length requested by the tenant.
Hong Kong has long been celebrated as a leading international financial centre. However, the regulation of its insurance intermediaries has for a significant time lagged behind.
Mexico’s president has signed a bill formalising the implementation of important amendments to the Mexican Constitution that primarily cover telecommunications, media and antitrust.
A search engine operator never forgets... unless you ask it to — the practical challenges of the CJEU Google case decision download
Regulators deliberate as search engine operators work to assemble and implement compliant practices in the wake of the CJEU’s decision in the Google case.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published its recommended best practice in relation to lock-up agreements.
Abusive domain name registrations download
Michael Carter looks at some of the highlight Nominet decisions relating to the abusive registration of .uk domain names in the last 12 months.
On 6 May 2014, ACAS early conciliation (EC) became mandatory for the majority of prospective claimants in employment tribunal claims.
In a High Court decision, the liquidators of an insolvent company successfully applied for the company’s accountants to produce documents detailing their dealings with the company.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised the DfT on the refranchise of the West Coast Main Line, which was awarded to Virgin Trains on 19 June.
Richard Lee, corporate partner at Addleshaw Goddard, is advising Pochin’s on the proposed takeover of the company.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised Sainsbury’s on its high-profile, strategic joint venture with Dansk Supermarket to create the new Netto grocery chain in the UK.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced the appointment of rail and transport expert Paul Hirst from DLA Piper as the new head of transport.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced underlying fee income for the year ended 30 April 2014 of £172.5m, an increase of five per cent on the prior year.
Addleshaw Goddard has promoted Manchester-based managing associate Vicky Niescier to partner with immediate effect.
Behind the headlines and the hype, is ‘age and gender’ a live issue, and if it is, what can employers do to address it?
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment — Clements v Lloyds Banking plc — highlighted the way in which age discriminatory remarks can result in protracted litigation.
C, in his fifties, was employed by LLoyds Bank. During a discussion with C’s manager regarding performance concerns, C claimed his manager said to C: ‘You’re not 25 anymore’.
The issue of age discrimination and employee insurance is something employment tribunals may well need to focus on as the number of older workers continues to rise.
Research published by Allen & Overy has revealed that aggressive cartel enforcement has continued unabated for the first six months of 2014.
The effects of obligations in the business world could have wider commercial consequences.
Last month saw the introduction of the much anticipated Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill 2014 to the Scottish Parliament.
On 30 June this year, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees who have the relevant qualifying service.
Allen & Overy has advised the book-running lead managers on Yes Bank’s QIP of shares to fund the bank’s future expansion.
Allen & Overy is advising Evonik Industries on its acquisition of an equity interest of approximately 9.06 per cent in Borussia Dortmund.
Allen & Overy has advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, HSBC and JP Morgan as joint bookrunners on PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd’s corporate hybrid bond issuance.
Allen & Overy has advised on on the $5.5bn (£3.3bn) STAR Rafineri project financing — Turkey’s largest ever project financing.
Allen & Overy has advised the Rwanda Development Board on its disposal of a 77 per cent stake in the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) to Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Ltd.
Allen & Overy Amsterdam has introduced a series of breakfast meetings called ‘Early Birds’, targeted at financial regulatory and compliance experts.
The Brussels competition team at Allen & Overy recently hosted a workshop entitled ‘Exchange of information — current issues’.
Allen & Overy in Asia-Pacific has picked up 66 awards to date in the current round of legal industry awards, culminating in IFLR Asia’s ‘International Law Firm of the Year’.
Allen & Overy’s Roger Lui and Elizabeth Leckie have published a chapter in the 2014 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance.
Research published by Allen & Overy demonstrates surprising support for Europe’s hotly debated Unified Patent Court.
Allen & Overy is hosting a regional competition law day on 12 June in its Warsaw office.
Allen & Overy will be holding a seminar on the topic of managing cross-border investigations, which involves overcoming legal and practical challenges.
Allen & Overy has warned that a scam using the firm’s name is currently operating in a number of countries, including Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.
Allen & Overy’s Warsaw office hosted a Regional Competition Law Day on 12 June 2014.
American consular posts in Canada temporarily suspended visa processing for non-Canadians from June through the end of August.
Amy Jensen Cunniffe has joined DLA Piper’s government affairs and healthcare public policy and regulatory practices as a senior policy adviser in Washington DC.
Many investment structures, particularly in the private equity, venture capital and property asset classes, are now caught within the scope of the AIFMD.
Peter Nigel Snee of Franklin Hodge Industries pleaded guilty on 17 June 2014 to the criminal cartel offence under section 188 of the Enterprise Act 2002.
This briefing presents an analysis of this interesting judgment and a more general analysis of all the options available to brand owners in the fight against lookalikes.
The OFT has found that four companies unlawfully conspired to rig bids for contracts to install access-control and alarm systems.
Differing viewpoints have arisen in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice as to whether fairness opinions are admissible during court approval of plans of arrangement.
Sonia Ng reviews the law on implied terms, sees how the law was applied in a recent English case involving a building contract and considers its relevance to us.
Well-known chain store John Lewis has been ordered to pay damages to an individual who received marketing emails without having consented to receiving them.
Partner — Birmingham
Report 393 reviews market practice concerning protection of confidential, market-sensitive information.
The global asset management industry will radically transform over the next 15 years due to seismic shifts in client demographics and other factors, according to KPMG.
Asset-backed contribution arrangements have become an increasingly popular tool for reducing pension scheme deficits.
Audit firm ordered to disclose PRC working papers to SFC despite PRC ‘state secrets law’ concerns download
The SFC has obtained an order from the High Court of Hong Kong requiring E&Y to produce all audit working papers prepared in connection with its audit of Standard Water.
This article describes in general terms when such Australian tax could arise and, if an assessment does arise to a foreign investor, how to deal with it.
New provisions for determining the tax base for Austrian real-estate transfer tax purposes entered into force as of 1 June 2014.
Austria: recent Supreme Court ruling leaves many questions re ‘hidden contributions in kind’ open download
The Austrian Supreme Court has considered the validity of the payment of a cash consideration to a public limited liability company in the course of an increase of its stated capital.
DLA Piper has published the June 2014 edition of its Austrian Tax Newsletter.
The Pensions Regulator confirmed LLPs should all be assessing whether any of their partners are ‘workers’ and, if so, they will be subject to the automatic enrolment legislation.
Aviation Law Watch — English Court clamps down on extraordinary circumstances in passenger claims download
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has recently handed down its judgment in the ongoing litigation between Ronald Huzar and Jet2.
The UK Court of Appeal has upheld an earlier High Court decision allowing reports produced by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch to be submitted in evidence.
On 5 May 2014, the president signed Federal Law No. 116-FZ on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation regulating leased labour
A ban on councils using CCTV cameras and ‘spy cars’ to enforce parking restrictions will become law through the Deregulation Bill this autumn.
Banjaard has won the 2014 Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race. Challenging conditions tested the determination and skills of the 81 participating yachts.
LK Shields Solicitors offers a range of domestic banking services. The firm also represents creditors and debtors in examinership and liquidation proceedings.
Generali (Schweiz) Holding Ltd, represented by Bär & Karrer, has won post-merger appraisal litigation against claimants Prof Ekkehard Wenger and Prof Leonhard Knoll.
BDK’s Tijana Kojovic and Igor Nikolic have published an article on merger control in Montenegro in CEE Legal Matters magazine.
Belgium: modified rules on pre-contractual information affect franchise agreements in Belgium — existing as well as future download
Book X of the Belgian Economic Code concerning agency agreements, commercial collaboration agreements and distribution agreements is now in force.
Partner — Birmingham
Recently the Dying Matters Coalition has called for a national review of employment practice on bereavement leave.
Better business reporting is needed to support better investment decision making, according to a KPMG survey.
These are agreements that are ‘incomplete’ in the sense that some contractual term(s) are outstanding and are to be decided at a later stage.
Changes to the NSW stamp-duty regime are expected following the introduction of the State Revenue Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2014 into Parliament.
Big or small, it’s all hardball: merger enforcement actions below the HSR threshold — top 10 tips in non-reportable transactions download
‘Less is more’ may be true in architecture, but in merger clearance law ‘less’ is still enough to trigger antitrust investigations and litigation and rescission of the whole transaction.
James Walsh, partner and head of telecommunications at Eversheds, has commented on the government’s new data retention bill.
Binder Grösswang has advised MeadWesvaco on the sale of its beauty and personal-care folding carton business to ASG Shorewood Group.
Binder Grösswang has advised the Scout24 group on the acquisition of Austrian real-estate portal www.immobilien.net.
Binder Grösswang has advised Software AG on the sale of its Austrian SAP consulting business to the Scheer Group.
In Bolton Steel Tube, the TCC allowed the taxpayer’s motion requesting an order that would require the CRA to reassess the taxpayer in accordance with the terms of a settlement agreement.
On 3 June 2014, a delegation of the Brazilian Bar Association, led by Luiz Tarcisio Teixeira Ferreira, visited the head office of Dacheng.
This article considers the key changes in the Brussels Regulation (recast) for commercial parties.
The UK government has mandated a minimum of ‘Level 2’ building information modelling on all centrally procured projects, but what does this mean for the construction industry?
Partner — Nottingham
Business start-up pack — UK download
The purpose of this start-up pack is to provide assistance and support to early stage start-ups who are looking to establish their business on a more formal basis.
BVI approved managers regime download
The Investment Business (Approved Managers) Regulations 2012 provides an attractive ‘regulatory light’ option for qualifying investment managers and advisers.
The California Attorney General (AG) recently released a series of guidelines to assist with compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003.
The EAT has held that secret recordings of private deliberations made in the course of grievance and disciplinary proceedings can be used as evidence in a tribunal.
The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths speaks to leading figures from Clyde & Co, DWF, Macfarlanes, Mishcon, Pinsent Masons and Slater & Gordon about the growing appetite from in-house lawyers for collaborative working
The Supreme Court has clarified the law of private nuisance and made some fundamental changes to previously well-established principles.
Employers have less than one month to ensure that their workers and supervisors complete the mandatory ‘basic occupational health and safety awareness training’ by 1 July 2014.
Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) was passed in 2010 as a ‘made-in-Canada’ solution to ‘drive spammers out of Canada’.
The requirements to hire temporary foreign workers have been revamped to make the hiring of foreign workers more difficult for employers.
The Court of Appeal has unanimously held that a parent company was not liable for industrial disease suffered by an employee of a subsidiary.
Care homes operator pays compensation to family of elderly resident subjected to ‘sickening’ abuse download
The owners of a care home where staff were jailed after being caught abusing an 89-year-old woman have finally agreed a compensation settlement with her family.
Five Real Madrid coaches are set to visit Guernsey to tutor over 300 children as part of a summer football clinic sponsored by Carey Olsen.
Thirteen Carey Olsen lawyers have been named in the ninth annual Citywealth Leaders List 2014.
The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that from October 2015 there will be a 5p tax on single-use carrier bags, bringing England in line with the rest of the UK.
In this presentation, John Schmidt reports on the IBC conference on competition challenges in the financial services sector in 2014.
For the first time in Canada, an individual has been sentenced to jail time for bribing a foreign public official.
The notion that the two-year limitation period provided by the Montreal Convention 1999 could be applicable to claims brought pursuant to EC Regulation 261/2004 by default has been ruled out.
Leveraging the power of celebrity to shape consumer perception in a brand’s favour has always required a careful balancing act.
Tax seems to spawn acronyms and we may, at least in a mainland European (if not the UK) context, soon have to get used to a new one: FTT, or financial transaction tax.
The Unfair Dismissal (Variation of the Limit of Compensatory Award) Order 2013 has varied the limit on the compensatory award available in unfair dismissal claims.
Proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive received approval from the European Parliament in March 2014.
Retailers need to ensure that they are prepared for the significant changes that will apply to contracts entered into with consumers from 13 June 2014.
Changes to flexible working requests download
While employers will not be under an obligation to accept all requests, they will be obliged to consider all requests reasonably within a three-month time frame.
Changes have been made to the statutory protection in regard to pension rights offered to transferring employees on a TUPE transfer, who were formerly members of an occupational pension scheme.
Allen & Overy has announced that Maura Rezendes has joined the firm’s global economic sanctions practice as a senior counsel in the Washington DC office.
China’s newly amended trademark law has been in effect for about a month now. Has the new law made things better?
China’s updated company law took effect on 1 March. Leo Zhou Liang, senior partner at Dacheng, highlights the key changes for corporates.
Choice of lawyer critical in health and safety investigations — further clarification now provided by the European court download
Insurers cannot fetter your right to instruct your lawyer of choice in the aftermath of an accident.
Christopher Hotten QC from No5 Chambers has prosecuted in the case of the murder of a two-month-old baby.
On 4 June 2014, the Cayman Islands government brought into force the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014.
City AM has reported on Christopher Rennie-Smith’s move to Collyer Bristow’s intellectual property (IP) team.
Parties have been understandably concerned about their ability to agree extensions of time with an opponent.
This briefing considers the difference between the account options available and certain potential benefits or risks associated with them.
Collyer Bristow has promoted six lawyers as part of its 2014–15 review. The changes see Janine Alexander and Peter Daniel both promoted to partnership.
At the Fabric exhibition at the Collyer Bristow Gallery in Holborn, London, artists will focus on the use of fabric as a medium.
Partner Janet Armstrong-Fox of Collyer Bristow has had her article on commercial rent arrears recovery appear in RICS magazine Modus.
Collyer Bristow has announced that Janine Alexander has been promoted to partner, bringing the number of partners in the firm’s financial services disputes group to three.
Collyer Bristow’s James Badcock, who has been a partner with the firm since 2011, has been appointed as head of the tax and estate planning team.
Comment on UK/China summit download
Trade deals are expected to be announced following the meeting between Chinese premier Li Keqiang and UK prime minister David Cameron.
Our mediation expertise is second to none, be it in negligence claims or highly complex technical commercial disputes.
LK Shields Solicitors has extensive expertise in all areas of commercial and investment property transactions.
On 21 May 2014, as part of its state aid modernisation programme, the European Commission adopted a revised state aid General Block Exemption Regulation.
Shepherd and Wedderburn has compiled a list of seven things businesses can do to ensure they are prepared for Glasgow 2014.
The Community Energy Strategy reveals that ‘by 2015 it will be the norm for communities to be offered some level of ownership of new, commercially developed onshore renewable projects’.
The Companies Bill 2012 proposes to make a significant change to the way resolutions in writing are passed by the members of a company.
Company fined $25,000 for operating electrical contracting business without licence under Electricity Act after apprentice injured download
An electrical contractor has been convicted and fined for carrying on an electrical contracting business without being licensed under the Ontario Electricity Act.
This briefing explores how an exchange of information may infringe competition law, among other topics.
The Competition Policy Review presents a golden opportunity to resuscitate productivity growth in Australia through micro-economic reform, according to Minter Ellison.
At the start of 2014, Neelie Kroes, head of the European Commission’s digital agenda, remarked that ‘virtually every business is a digital business now’.
Michael Conroy-Harris, construction expert at Eversheds, has commented on the latest construction PMI figures.
Ask any construction solicitor ‘what is valued’ and the answer is simple: records, records and more records.
BVI law imposes a number of ongoing obligations on BVI regulated funds. The main continuing obligations for BVI private and professional funds are set out in basic detail below.
The Legislative Council is currently debating the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill, and the bill may be passed in the second half of this year.
Recent developments in NSW reinforce the importance of carefully considering what categories of losses the exclusion is intended to cover in order to avoid unintended consequences.
Conyers has provided legal advice to China Resources Enterprise (CRE) in relation to the establishment of a joint venture company between CRE and Tesco.
Conyers has provided BVI law advice to HICKIES Corp on three rounds of financing, including funding led by the venture arm of one of the global footwear brands.
Conyers has acted as Cayman counsel to HKT Group Holdings and provided Cayman legal opinions and condition precedents confirmation.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised on the Bermuda aspects of the financing for Signet Jewelers’ $1.4bn acquisition of Zale Corporation.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Bermuda office advised Markit on its 10-times oversubscribed $1.3bn initial public offering and listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.
Conyers Dill & Pearman was named Offshore Law Firm of the Year at Asian Legal Business’ (ALB) 10th annual SE Asia Law Awards.
We work across the full range of competition law and regulatory regimes and have a strong track record in: mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and public offers; cartels; and monopoly infringements.
LK Shields Solicitors advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients on all aspects of company and commercial law.
Carey Olsen is the number-one offshore legal adviser to London Stock Market (LSE) clients, according to the Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide (Q2 2014).
LK Shields Solicitors has extensive experience of all insolvency and corporate restructuring issues.
As experienced corporate tax specialists, we appreciate the need to communicate complex issues in a straightforward, accessible way.
The Court of Appeal has found that a net contribution clause contained in an architect’s appointment with domestic clients relating to a domestic property was effective.
In Weyburn, the court held that the circular did not allow shareholders to form a reasoned and informed judgment of the plan.
CRA update: aggressive tax planning download
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has provided an update on selected CRA compliance measures in the aggressive tax planning division.
Czech Republic: recorded telephone conversations — legal evidence in administrative proceedings download
A recent decision considered a telephone conversation between two individuals as legitimate evidence in administrative proceedings.
Dacheng senior partner Yu Hui has won the bid to advise China Life, a life insurance company in China, on the formation of an industry investment fund.
CSRC recently gave approval to an application for private placement filed by Guangdong Highsun Group Co (hereinafter referred to as Highsun Group).
Dacheng has advised Guangdong Highsun Group on its registration of ¥600m worth of private placement notes.
Dacheng has advised ZhongyueHuatai Investment Management (Beijing) on the formation of a fund named ‘Caiyunzhi nan’ (‘South of the Cloud’).
A Dacheng team has advised Beijing Lanxum Technology Co and Leyard Optoelectronic Co on the registration and issuance of collective bonds.
Chen Feng, Dacheng senior partner and executive head of the Shanghai office, has been appointed to the Insurance Association of China Lawyers’ Team.
Dacheng senior partner Kuang Shuangli’s experience and reputation in advising on financial leasing matters has won him the role of vice-president of the SLTA.
Attorney Ma Jun from Dacheng’s Taiyuan office has been interviewed by News Broadcast (‘XinwenLianbo’) on the case of Liu Han and Liu Wei.
The China Financial Futures Exchange Co has announced that Qu Feng from Dacheng’s Shanghai office is to be retained as counsel.
Dacheng attorney Lu Chenghong of the firm’s Nantong-based office has been awarded ‘Outstanding Youth Volunteer of Jiangsu’.
The Forestry Department of Jiangxi Province has retained attorneys Xiao Ping and Peng Dingdai from Dacheng’s Nanchang office as standing legal counsel.
Peng Xuefeng was recently elected executive council member of the Seventh Council of Western Returned Scholars Association-Chinese Overseas-Educated Scholars Association.
Attorneys Zhai Jian and Wang Feng from Dacheng’s Shanghai office have won a lawsuit for a client accused of misappropriation.
At the launch ceremony of the Shanxi Investment Fund Industry Association in Taiyuan, Dacheng’s Wei Haisheng was elected vice-president.
Dacheng’s Qu Feng is part of a working team on the standardisation of financial leasing contracts, set up at a seminar held by the Shanghai Leasing Trade Association.
Dacheng senior partner Jiang Rongqing together with his team have provided legal advice regarding the overhaul of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya.
A new roster of arbitrators was recently released by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).
Dacheng senior partner Lu HaDa has been granted the certificate to be a foreign-admitted lawyer from the Ministry for Justice of Mongolia.
A cross-border mortgage dispute over three chemical ships was recently concluded and executed in favour of the party represented by a Dacheng team.
Dacheng chairman Peng Xuefeng has been appointed deputy head of a delegation of personages to conduct an inspection in Shandong province over local judicial reform.
Shanghai-based Dacheng partner Zhang Qiyuan has been retained as a standing legal counsel of Shanghai Pudong New Area Commission of Commerce.
Dacheng’s Shanghai office has been included in International Business Daily’s ‘100 Advantageous and Promising Businesses in Service Trade in Shanghai’ list.
There is a growing trend for companies to try to score points in existing disputes by making allegations against a counter-party of regulatory breaches in relation to other matters.
A recent decision has highlighted an older and wider meaning of debenture: any document that creates or acknowledges a debt (and not just one creating security).
Biomethane-to-grid technology involves producing biogas through anaerobic digestion (AD) of crops, waste, slurries or sewage feedstock.
The recent case of Briggs and others v Gleeds (Head Office) and others serves as a reminder of the potential dangers of failing to comply with the statutory rules on how parties to a deed should execute it.
The Court of Appeal has once again determined the issues of ‘unfair relationship’ and agency in the borrowers’ favour.
The High Court held that deeds of amendment going back more than 30 years had been incorrectly executed.
The DWP has outlined in its ‘Command Paper: Better workplace pensions: Further measures for savers’ new quality standards and charge-capping measures.
This briefing provides suggestions that explore ways to define and then measure what value means to your clients, so you can effectively demonstrate that that’s exactly what you provide.
The Danish people voted in favour of joining the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in a public referendum held on 25 May 2014.
The Secretary of State has granted permission for the £50m retail and leisure redevelopment of Rushden Lakes in Northampton. Dentons acted for LxB.
Dentons Budapest Newsletter: licensing, deposit, distribution, licence (franchise) and security contracts in the new Civil Code download
On 15 March 2014, the new Civil Code entered into force as the most important legislation governing the financial and personal relations of companies and persons.
The Deregulation Bill is part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge, the aim of which is to reduce the burden of regulation.
Liz Fitzsimons, legal director at Eversheds, has commented on the findings that cyber crime costs the global economy $445bn a year.
DLA Piper has acted for an affiliate of Sun European Partners on the acquisition of St Neots Packaging.
DLA Piper has advised Allied Minds on its initial public offering (IPO) and admission to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
AOTS, advised by DLA Piper, has signed construction contracts with supporting guarantees for the development of its project to construct a large oil terminal facility.
DLA Piper has advised Millward Brown on the purchase of the entire issued and outstanding share capital of EffectiveBrands Holding.
DLA Piper has advised NH Hoteles SA on the sale of the entire issued and outstanding share capital of OGBM to a subsidiary of Foncière des Murs.
DLA Piper has advised CLV on a project to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a student accommodation facility located at the University of Melbourne.
DLA Piper has advised Rizhao Port on its issue of RMB850m worth of credit-enhanced bonds, its first ‘Dim Sum’ bond offering in Hong Kong, in mid-May.
DLA Piper has advised Royal Bank of Scotland pn its agreement to sell ALM Media, owned by RBS and Apax Partners, to Wasserstein & Co.
DLA Piper has advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and others on their provision of senior debt finance to Education Personnel Holdco Ltd and its subsidiaries.
DLA Piper has appointed Linos Choo as a partner in the international shipping team, part of the litigation and regulatory group.
DLA Piper has appointed Peter Jones as partner in its intellectual property and technology (IPT) group, effective 2 June 2014.
DLA Piper has appointed Catherine Pogorzelski as a corporate partner in its Luxembourg office. She joins from Arendt & Medernach.
DLA Piper has announced that Karl Dial will join the firm’s litigation practice as a partner in the Dallas office.
DLA Piper has announced that Kevin Lytle and Craig Cartwright have joined the firm’s real-estate practice as partners in the Phoenix office.
DLA Piper’s diversity initiative Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) has been named as the Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm.
DLA Piper has produced a pack of free legal guidance aimed at high-growth start-ups that have ambitions for high-growth and international expansion.
DLA Piper’s Sydney office has officially relocated from 201 Elizabeth Street to new premises at No.1 Martin Place in Sydney’s business and financial community.
DLA Piper and senator George J Mitchell have announced that the senator has delivered his seventh quarterly report as the independent athletics integrity monitor
DLA Piper has acted on behalf of Lark Energy on what is expected to be a test case for the renewable energy sector.
DLA Piper has represented Measurement Specialties, a designer and manufacturer of sensors, in its agreement to purchase Wema System AS.
DLA Piper has advised Parnell Pharmaceuticals Holdings (PARN) in its initial public offering on NASDAQ.
Dean Fealk has been named as a trade adviser in a joint appointment by US trade representative Michael Froman and US secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker.
The US DOE is proposing to change its rules and procedures for reviewing applications to export liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the US.
Does ex-ante regulation work? download
John Schmidt provides an outline of where we are in terms of ex-ante vs ex-post; reflects on past issues in sectoral regulation; and discusses future challenges.
What happens when an employee dies during their employment with an outstanding holiday balance?
A jury in Miami has issued a verdict against a taxpayer for $2.2m in fees, interest and civil penalties for failing to file FBARs for his Swiss bank accounts.
In 2006, the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission commenced a review of insurance contract law.
Michael Duck QC and barrister Michelle Heeley from No5 Chambers are prosecuting a car theft conspiracy case.
Eversheds partner Robin Johnson has commented on the ECB’s move to lower interest rates.
The ECJ has held that where a worker is paid by way of basic salary and regular sales commission such commission must also be included in the calculation of holiday pay.
Search engines need to remove the link between search results and a webpage if it contains information the individual deems should be ‘forgotten’.
The Lock decision has expensive implications and it’s worth doing the groundwork now.
E-discovery: meeting the challenge download
Organisations need a comprehensive information governance solution to keep track of all their data.
Partner — Thames Valley
The final measures of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) came into force on 12 February 2014.
ESMA has notified the European Commission of issues that it has identified regarding the frontloading requirement under Regulation (EU) No 648/2012.
LK Shields Solicitors advises on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship.
Our employment team is renowned for its impressive technical expertise, proactive approach and ability to deliver practical and commercial solutions.
LK Shields Solicitors advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients in the areas of law relating to energy and natural resources.
The US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water has approved fiscal year 2015 funding for the DoE, the Corps of Engineers and related agencies.
Ofgem has consulted on whether to refer the energy market for an in-depth investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority and on the scope of the reference.
This briefing discusses Rule 9.1 of the Takeover Code.
English Commercial Court: article 30 of ICC Rules creates binding obligation to pay allotted share of advance on costs download
The English Commercial Court has clarified the nature of an allotted share of an advance of costs pursuant to article 30 of the ICC Rules 1998.
A claimant seeking an injunction to prevent an alleged wrongful termination of a contract was entitled to argue that damages could not be an adequate remedy.
The government has published its response to its consultation paper and indicated that it intends to continue with the bulk of its proposals to enhance corporate transparency.
The EPA has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act.
CERCLA imposes strict liability for the costs of environmental contamination on four classes of responsible parties, including current owners of contaminated properties.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its Clean Power Program, the cornerstone of the Obama administration’s Climate Change Action Plan.
LK Shields Solicitors advises on all aspects of EU and Irish competition law.
We can help you meet those challenges, reduce your risk or seek damages or other remedies through the courts.
EU competition law: private equity firms can be liable for companies in their asset portfolio download
The European Commission will hold parent companies jointly liable for the competition law infringements of their subsidiaries when the parent exercises a ‘decisive influence’ over the subsidiary.
While the European Timber Regulation dates back to 2010, it only took direct effect in member states last year.
This briefing looks at the last topic in Dentons’ series of ‘back to data privacy basics’: individual rights.
The ECHR has upheld an appeal brought against France in respect of the French courts decisions in favour of Prince Albert of Monaco, against Paris-Match.
Andrew Henderson has commented on news that the EU’s markets, banking and insurance watchdogs could be funded from a direct levy on the sector.
Eversheds has advised the shareholders of Aimia Foods (Holdings) Ltd on the sale of the entire share capital of Aimia to Cott Ventures Ltd, a subsidiary of Cott Corporation .
Eversheds has advised the sellers of Dutch aircraft fleet management company AerData Group on their sale of the group to Boeing.
Eversheds has advised Investec Bank, as sponsor and sole bookrunner, on the £308.5m main market IPO of FDM Group.
Eversheds has advised the DfT on the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise, which has been awarded to Govia Thameslink Railway.
Eversheds has announced the appointment of Dani Kabbani as managing partner of the firm’s office in Qatar.
Parmjit Singh, head of the India business group at Eversheds, has commented following predictions that India is likely to ease restrictions for foreign online retailers.
Eversheds continues to expand its operations in Africa by joining forces with leading Durban-based law firm Knight Turner.
Eversheds’ Austrian office has obtained a landmark decision in the Supreme Court for Austrian restaurant group Plachutta.
Liz Fitzsimons, legal director at Eversheds, has commented on the two-week window companies have in which to protect data from a global malware network.
Eversheds’ Geoffrey Mead has commented on the sustained reduction in the number of employment tribunal claims lodged since the fees regime was introduced last year.
Dani Kabbani has commented following news that a potential shortfall in oil investment in production in the Middle East could create a $15 spike in oil price by 2025.
David Feist has commented on the announcement in the Queen’s Speech ending the requirement to notify homeowners of drilling under their properties for shale gas.
Bruce Dear, head of London real estate at Eversheds, has commented on what could potentially be Europe’s largest property IPO.
Eversheds has announced it will be hosting the 6th Annual UK Ports Conference, which will discuss the challenges facing port owners and operators.
The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has reaffirmed the approach to be taken to the construction of exclusion and limitation of liability clauses.
Eversheds partner Simon Rice-Birchall has commented on Vince Cable’s announcement in relation to zero-hours contracts.
This is the second in a series of three briefings examining the hot topic of fund exits.
This is the first in a series of three briefings. This briefing covers the typical issues for exiting a closed-ended fund.
Expert determination: a wise choice? download
Expert determination is an increasingly popular method of dispute resolution but what exactly does it involve and what are the potential pitfalls?
Experts’ literature deserves more attention in the earlier stages of cases because of the devastating effect that it can have at trial.
Eversheds partner Tim Buckingham has commented on The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) report that cash use in the UK has fallen 14 per cent in five years.
Farm workers denied coroner’s inquest: greater risk of fatality in mining and construction industries, HRTO decides download
The HRTO has decided that it was not discriminatory for the Coroners Act to require mandatory inquests in construction and mining deaths but not in farm deaths.
FATCA — FAQs download
This briefing from Macfarlanes presents answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about FATCA.
By now, any ‘financial institution’ would need to have had its head in the sand in order not to be aware of the impact of FATCA and its need to comply with this new regime.
This report considers the FCA’s decision to fine Invesco Perpetual for failings relating to fund management and for exposing investors to high levels of risk.
In recent years, the Tax Court of Canada has strictly applied the requirements for adjournments and timetable amendments as described in the court’s Practice Note No. 14.
FIFA’s trademark tactics for Brazil download
FIFA’s World Cup intellectual property manual offers guidelines and information to the public in respect of its diverse starting line-up.
The long-awaited legislation proposed for security of payment will shortly see the light of day. It has been the subject of a decade-long debate.
Our team advise on a wide range of finance-related matters. Our significant experience gives us the ability to provide responsive, practical advice tailored to our clients’ business objectives.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s finance litigation experts bring you the latest on the cases and issues affecting the lending industry.
Financial regulatory developments (FReD): Commission asks ESMA for MAR advice, EBA for MiFID 2 advice; FCA holds general insurance conference; and more download
Dentons has released its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication for June 2014.
Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD): ESMA consults on MiFID 2 implementation; FCA fines Barclays and former trader for gold fixing failures; and more download
Dentons has released its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication for May 2014.
Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD): MiFID 2 package published in the OJEU; presidency updates on MLD4; and more download
Dentons has released its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication for 20 June 2014.
LK Shields Solicitors advises banks, asset managers and multinationals on regulated, domestic and unregulated funding structures in Ireland.
Minter Ellison has been ‘Highly Commended’ for its innovation in corporate strategy by the Financial Times.
The SEC has approved amendments proposed by FINRA to two of its rules that are critical in the public offering process.
First R-QFII manager based outside Greater China to obtain CSSF approval for a R-QFII UCITS-compliant product download
Earlier this year, Ashmore became the first manager based outside Greater China to be granted a R-QFII licence by the authorities of the PRC.
The Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 (Qld) was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 5 June 2014.
We recently encountered an interesting scenario where a tenant was looking to transfer (‘assign’) a lease to another member of its group.
Jet2 is set to appeal a Court of Appeal decision as to whether ‘technical problems affecting the operation of an aircraft’ is an extraordinary circumstance.
12 June 2014 marks the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup. It will be vital that employers plan early to reduce the impact on staffing and productivity levels.
Formidable growth in UK tech scene? download
Research indicates significant growth in London’s tech sector over the next decade. If the forecasts are to be believed, they are certainly to be welcomed.
Partner — Edinburgh
The Financial Reporting Council is consulting on changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code, which sets out good practice for UK listed companies.
FRC publishes amendments to FRSSE download
On 29 April 2014 the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published amendments to the Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (FRSSE).
French decree extends the number of sectors in which foreigners cannot invest without state authorisation download
On 14 May 2014, France issued a decree extending the number of sectors in which foreigners cannot invest without state authorisation.
French merger control: an exclusive distribution agreement can confer power of control requiring notification download
The French Competition Authority’s decision of 17 April 2014 authorised Orlait to take control of Terra Lacta’s UHT milk business.
From 30 June 2014 it will no longer be necessary to submit original documents with an application download
When processing paper applications received on or after 30 June 2014, Land Registry will no longer require sight of original documents.
Full Federal Court confirms a ‘public benevolent institution’ does not need to provide direct relief download
A ‘public benevolent institution’ is a subtype of charitable body. Endorsement by the Australian Taxation Office is required before an entity can be one.
Early April 2014 saw the publication by the Department for Transport of its proposed compensation schemes for those affected by Phase 1 of HS2.
The Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament on 4 June, outlining the intended legislative programme for the 2014–15 session.
The penalty under subsection 163(1) has been described as ‘harsh’ due to the 10 per cent federal penalty.
Partner — Birmingham
No5 Chambers’ Gary Bell QC was instructed to defend Steffan Leach, who has avoided a prison sentence for causing death by careless driving after a crash on the A34.
Gateley has advised on the admission to trading of German biopharmaceuticals company Biofrontera on AIM.
Gateley dispute resolution partner and experienced mediator Gerard Khoshnaw spoke at the recent London Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China.
William Ballmann, chair of insolvency trade body R3 in Yorkshire and partner at Gateley, has responded to Teresa Graham’s wide-ranging report on ‘pre-pack’ administrations.
Gateley will be holding a gala dinner to celebrate the launch of the JHMT Inspire Awards, which have been set up by the JHMT.
Gateley’s Tim Cooper has commented on a review by Teresa Graham CBE that makes recommendations for change on how struggling companies should be pre-packaged and sold.
G-Cloud begins to take off download
G-Cloud sales have reached £154m as public sector departments buy on-demand services through the government’s online marketplace.
The ECJ has ruled on the conditions under which a geographical designation may be used to designate a product manufactured outside the relevant zone.
German group restructures via a pre-pack administration and sidesteps need to change COMI or establish connection with the UK download
The case — Re Christophorus 3 Ltd  EWHC 1162 (Ch) — is notable for the fact that the group had almost no connections with the UK.
On 13 May 2014, the District Court of Berlin rejected a claim brought by a songwriter and a composer against a collecting society’s payout to music publishers.
Priority of security is important where a borrower becomes insolvent and its assets are insufficient to discharge all its liabilities.
Getting engaged: lawyers and clients download
For couples, the path to getting engaged is pretty clear. For lawyers and clients, the path is equally clear, albeit with less jewellery.
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Partner — Edinburgh
The power is back with the landlords. The dust has settled on two important Court of Appeal decisions relating to tenant’s break options.
The mid-year trends in global antitrust enforcement paint a daunting picture for businesses currently caught in the crosshairs of a cartel investigation.
McAfee has suggested that if cybercrime was a business, it would be ranked 27th in the world based on revenue.
Global Financial Markets Insight: post-acquisition high-yield bond exits; CRA3; securitisation in Belgium; and more
This year continues to see significant activity in high-yield issuance with a large number of funding and refinancing deals involving exchange offers and consent solicitations.
Global VAT Guide: Cross Border Supplies of Intangible Services, Rights and Digital Content — June 2014 download
As business grows more global, the challenge for in-house counsel and in-house VAT specialists is intensifying. This guide is intended to meet this challenge head on.
With a general election on the horizon, this year’s Queen’s Speech included a number of interesting announcements — most notably plans to allow workers to contribute to collective pensions.
Good faith and employee communications — landmark ruling in IBM UK Holdings Ltd and IBM UK Ltd v Dalgleish and others download
Employers undertaking pension scheme benefit change processes need to give careful consideration to the overall impression they give and to member expectations.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced a number of changes to company filing requirements which will reduce the red-tape burden on companies.
Goodman Derrick’s media team has acted in the arrangements for the launch of Freeview’s internet-connected TV service, provisionally known as Freeview Connect.
The Court of Justice ruled that individuals can require search engines to rectify, erase or block access to the search engine results about them
In April 2014, the UK government published proposals to improve transparency and accountability of companies.
In Eastlands Homes Partnership Limited v Cunningham the EAT confirmed the correct approach to determine whether a claimant has been unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct.
With the rise of celebrity endorsements, like any counterfeit strategy there comes the rise of celebrity false endorsements.
In a recent case, an invoice discounter purchased the debts of a company whose directors signed an indemnity in the discounter’s favour.
Plaintiffs in securities fraud class actions may satisfy the reliance element by showing that they traded on an ‘efficient market’ presumed to reflect all public material information.
Partner — Manchester
Health Alert — 2 June 2014 download
DLA Piper has released the 2 June 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — McLachlan v Murrumbidgee Local Health Network; Medical Board of Australia v Blomeley; and more download
DLA Piper has released the 10 June 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — Medical Board of Australia v Putha; a better start to life for indigenous children; and more download
DLA Piper has released the 23 June 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — Rosten v Mid North Coast Local Health District; Christian Youth Camps v Cobaw Community Health Services; and more download
DLA Piper has released the 16 June 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
KPMG and Rothstein Kass, a professional services firm in the hedge fund industry, have entered into an agreement by which most of the employees of Rothstein Kass will join KPMG.
Partner — Southampton
Hertsmere Borough Council’s human resources (HR) team has selected Iken Case Management to support its busy team.
Holiday pay still due on death download
The European Court of Justice has ruled that holiday benefits should not be lost if an employee dies before claiming them.
Home working: top tips for employers download
Shoosmiths looks at some top tips for employers when considering requests from employees to work from home.
The recent case of Spencer v Taylor held that the simpler requirements of section 21(1) apply to all ASTs that were initially granted for a fixed term.
UK housing association Circle Housing has chosen Iken case management to support its newly enlarged in-house legal team
Frank Lewis recently explained the qualities and attributes of a good company chair and non-executive. Sadly not everyone manages to live up to these standards.
Even a brilliantly executed house move risks being exploited — turning your dream move into a nightmare.
For most companies, losing access to their IT infrastructure, even for a short period, would spell disaster.
Google has announced a new online form that allows users to request their private information be removed from the Google search engine.
The insurance world has changed significantly, not just incrementally but fundamentally, as the digital revolution transforms the way we interact and do business.
Partner — Manchester
HS2 — are we on the right track? download
The HS2 project is undoubtedly important in terms of infrastructure and the wider economic benefits to the UK economy.
Landowners along the route of HS2 could find more or less of their land than previously suggested will actually be needed following a new announcement.
The concept of constructive dismissal is rooted in contract law.
In 2012, the FSA imposed a financial penalty of £450,000 on JP Morgan’s Ian Hannam in relation to two instances of market abuse. In 2013, Hannam appealed this decision to the Upper Tribunal.
Pillsbury has been included on the IAOP’s list of the World’s Best Outsourcing Advisers for the fifth consecutive year.
IBB Solicitors will sponsor the David Silva Memorial Prize for the top land law student at Brunel University Law School.
ICA accepts remedies proposed by the major insurance companies in relation to possible vertical restraints in agency contracts download
The ICA has accepted remedies proposed by the major insurance companies in relation to possible vertical restraints in agency contracts.
Audrey Williams, partner and head of discrimination at Eversheds, has commented on the European court considering for the first time where obesity sits in legal terms.
IFLR1000 Energy and Infrastructure 2014 has recommended Ilyashev & Partners on its energy and infrastructure and financial and corporate work.
Three of the six finalists for the best legal department in the 2014 MJ Local Govermment Awards are Iken user teams.
Ilyashev & Partners has successfully acted on behalf of Kyivstar, a Ukrainian mobile operator, in administrative proceedings against the National Communications Commission.
Ilyashev’s Roman Marchenko has been selected as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Financial Institutions and International Arbitration task force.
Ilyashev & Partners has successfully represented PJSC SUMYKHIMPROM in the Kharkiv Commercial Court of Appeal.
Immigration Act 2014 download
The Immigration Act, which received royal assent on 14 May 2014, requires private landlords to ensure that prospective tenants are in the UK legally.
Two migrant domestic workers from Nigeria brought claims of direct and indirect race discrimination in the Employment Tribunal.
Nowadays financial services businesses really need a law firm that truly understands the interrelationship between technology, regulation and the financial sector.
The Upper Tribunal has handed down its judgment in the Ian Hannam market abuse case. This article summarises some practical consequences from the judgment.
The High Court has delivered its highly anticipated decision in Williams v Commonwealth of Australia  HCA 23 (Williams [No. 2]).
The ruling in the Clyde & Co LLP case means that members of LLPs have certain quasi-employment protections and may need to be automatically enrolled into a pension scheme.
The Federal Supreme Court has rendered an important ruling on the tax-neutral step-up of hidden reserves of a Geneva-based holding company.
Eversheds has published the June 2014 edition of its In Brief publication — a look at what is happening in the legal sector.
If your contractual counterparty commits a repudiatory breach of contract, you are entitled to elect between affirming and terminating the contract.
This case concerned an application by the representors, in S and his mother WS to set aside the E Trust on the grounds of mistake.
InContact — 14 June 2014: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014–15; BBA report; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the June edition of InContact, which covers the latest market news and developments in the payments space.
The new list contains all the Indonesian business sectors that are subject to foreign ownership restrictions or closed to foreign investment altogether.
The European General Court has handed down its judgment in the Intel rebates case.
Our team has wide-ranging experience of advising businesses on intellectual property issues relating to fund-raising, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and technology transfers.
LK Shields Solicitors advises on all aspects of intellectual property, both contentious and non-contentious.
Eversheds has hired Sara-Jane Pluke as a partner and head of intellectual property (IP) in South Africa.
Bruce Dear, head of London real estate at Eversheds, has commented on the prospect of interest rates rising in 2014.
When it comes to commercial contracts clarity is certainty. Jennifer McGuire discusses.
On 8 April 2014, the European Court of Justice in the Digital Rights Ireland case declared the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC invalid
Investing in the future — how megatrends are reshaping the future of the investment management industry download
The world in which we live and work is changing rapidly, driven by a number of deeply rooted forces — megatrends.
This briefing has been prepared for the assistance of investment managers primarily considering carrying on investment management from Guernsey.
In the light of recent developments in trademark protection practices and the intensification of EU legislative harmonisation, amendments to the Law on Trademarks have been adopted.
The IRS has made a number of welcome adjustments to its streamlined procedures for non-residents of the US.
Those who practice before the IRS and are governed by Circular 230 are required to be familiar with it and its requirements.
This question was recently considered by the EAT in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board v Hughes & Ors. Mrs Hughes was a senior nurse with 31 years’ service.
Is obesity a ‘disability’? download
Does the fact that a person is obese mean they are, or could be, ‘disabled’ for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010?
Since the advent of ‘say-on-pay’, the plaintiffs’ securities bar has attempted to rustle up claims relating to executive compensation matters discussed in proxy statements.
If Australia is to meet its aspirations of providing high-quality food in high volume to the rest of the world, it must ensure that agribusinesses can operate with certainty in the market
International retail businesses that have businesses or subsidiaries with banking facilities in Italy should be aware of recent tax changes within the country.
The Italian Data Protection Authority has finally issued its decision on the ‘simplified information notice and cookie consent’.
Six months after the confirmation by the Court of Appeal in Mitchell that the courts were to take very seriously the business of managing cases, some key lessons have emerged.
Shoosmiths is growing its wealth protection team with the strategic hire of Jane Whitfield, who joins from Wellers Law Group.
Is a contractor obliged to charge an objectively reasonable rate or price where no rate or price is specified in a building contract?
The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the flotation process and to deal with some of the questions asked by companies contemplating admission to AIM.
Joining the Main Market: a field guide for applicants to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange download
The purpose of this guide is to answer some of the questions frequently asked by companies contemplating joining the Main Market and to provide an overview of the IPO process.
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Mid Europa Partners, which was advised by Karanovic & Nikolic, has been awarded Emerging Europe Deal of the Year for the sale of SBB/Telemach Group.
Karanovic & Nikolic has secured merger clearances in several countries for the acquisition of Slovenian retailer Mercator by Agrokor.
Partner — Milton Keynes
Gardner v McCusker is a timely reminder to residential landlords of the need to comply with the strict rules of the tenancy deposit legislation or risk being severely prejudiced.
Society would probably like to think that children are given priority over all other members of society. Unfortunately that is not the case.
Kemp Little and Kemp Little Consulting have announced the programme for their annual technology conference.
Kemp Little has released an outline agenda and information on speakers for its annual technology conference.
Key changes in consumer law download
The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 has come into force. Here is an overview of the key changes.
Khaitan & Co has advised Elder Pharmaceuticals in relation to the sale of some of Elder’s branded domestic formulations business in India and Nepal to Torrent Pharmaceuticals.
Khaitan & Co has advised Hitachi Systems in relation to its acquisition of a 76 per cent stake in Micro Clinic India.
Khaitan & Co has advised Koovs Marketing Consulting in relation to a listing of its shares on the AIM segment of the London Stock Exchange.
Khaitan & Co has advised Leighton International Ltd (LIL), a 60 per cent shareholder of Leighton Welspun Contractors Pvt Ltd (LWIN), in relation to an acquisition of a 40 per cent stake of LWIN.
Khaitan & Co has advised MasterCard International on the India leg of the transaction in relation to its acquisition of C-Sam and its subsidiaries.
Khaitan & Co has advised Sophos UK in relation to the acquisition of a 100 per cent stake in Cyberoam Technologies from its existing shareholders.
Khaitan & Co has advised PUK in relation to its acquisition of a majority stake in Indian company Profab Engineers from its existing promoters.
On 14 June, two of Kings Chambers’ clinical negligence practitioners, Helen Mulholland and Claire Steward, swam in the waters of Windermere to raise money for the Child Brain Injury Trust.
Members of Kings Chambers are taking part in the Great North Swim this weekend. The swim is one mile long and takes place in Lake Windermere.
John Barrett of Kings Chambers has secured another residential planning permission for Gladman Developments on appeal for 150 houses at North Road, Glossop.
The 2014 Kings Chambers Charity Golf Day recently took place at the De Vere Mottram Hall Golf Course in Mottram St Andrews.
The International Festival for Business is set to hear from commercial barrister David Casement QC from Kings Chambers.
Partner — Milton Keynes
KPMG Portugal SGPS has announced the signing for the planned acquisition of SAFIRA Consultadoria em Informática, SA.
In this article for Lawyer 2B, David Prince sets out everything you need to know about the EU Cyber Security Directive and how delays in implementation are causing uncertainty in the market.
The British Columbia Supreme Court’s recent decision in Pierce v Jivraj represents a warning for employers and their counsel in seeking an APO.
The ECJ has ruled that search engines need to remove the link between search results and a web page if it contains information an individual deems should be ‘forgotten’.
Partner — Southampton
Lawyer 2B is the leading dedicated news-led magazine and website for aspiring lawyers, solicitors or barristers.
It seems that it could be all change at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), with new arbitration rules anticipated to come into force later this summer.
The Ely Lily case highlighted the impact a judicial decision can have on a business. But what of the wider impact a judge can have on the economy as a whole?
LIBOR scandal: two years on download
This note looks back at some of the key developments regarding the LIBOR scandal over the second year.
LK Shields Solicitors has experience in complex and high-profile commercial litigation and in professional negligence defence, among other things.
LK Shields has acted for the shareholders of Aran Candy (t/a the Jelly Bean Factory) in the sale of the majority stake of the company to Cloetta.
LK Shields has advised its OASIS Group, a records and information management firm, on a €30m acquisition finance facility with Goldman Sachs.
LK Shields Solicitors has advised West Roxbury Trading, a vehicle formed by the management team, on its successful buy-out of the Elverys business.
LK Shields Solicitors has advised WHW Bakeries in its acquisition of the Irish Pride bakery business.
LK Shields has appointed solicitor Liam Carney as a partner in its banking practice. Carney previously worked as a partner in two other Irish law firms.
The UK Supreme Court has ruled in Clyde & Co v Bates van Winkelhof that members of limited liability partnerships are workers who can benefit from whistleblower protections.
LLP members as ‘workers’ download
The Supreme Court has concluded that members of LLPs who provide services to the LLP are ‘workers’ for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act.
The Australian privacy commissioner has found that Cupid Media failed to take reasonable steps to secure personal information held on its websites.
Kemp Little has announced that senior financial services lawyer Lucy Frew has joined the firm to launch its financial regulatory practice.
Luxembourg legal update — June 2014: market abuse; the theft of intangible assets; and more download
Arendt & Medernach has released the June 2014 issue of its Luxembourg legal update.
The final texts of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Macfarlanes has published its M&A Weekly Update for the period 30 May to 6 June 2014.
Macfarlanes has released its M&A Weekly Update for the period 6–12 June 2014.
M&A Weekly Update: fraud, bribery and money laundering sentencing guidelines; limited liability partners as workers; and more download
Macfarlanes has released its M&A Weekly Update for the period 23–28 May 2014.
M&A Weekly Update: market abuse — UK rules will continue to be super-equivalent; and other items download
Macfarlanes has released its M&A Weekly Update for the period 13–19 June 2014.
M&A Weekly Update: public register of individuals with significant control over companies — details available; and more download
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill has now been published. The bill covers a number of company law changes.
With 12 months to go before the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary, Jonathan Black makes the case for justice.
Partner — Thames Valley
Managing World Cup fever download
What is a high water mark of sports events for fans can be the source of many headaches for employers, who need to be careful not to underestimate the impact of the World Cup.
The mansion tax proposals from Labour and the Liberal Democrats will hit double the number of homes than previously expected, according to new research.
Maravela & Asociatii has been named both Mergers and Acquisitions and Contract Law Firm of the Year in Romania by Acquisition International magazine.
In Marzen Artistic Aluminum Ltd v The Queen, the Tax Court upheld all but a fraction of the CRA’s reassessment of the taxpayer.
McKesson: appellant’s factum filed download
On 10 January 2014, McKesson Canada Corporation appealed the decision of the Tax Court of Canada in McKesson Canada Corporation v The Queen.
ME v Sweden — Strasbourg rules no violation of article 3 for Sweden to temporarily expel a gay man to Libya download
The ECHR has declared admissible on article 3 grounds an application from a gay man regarding his expulsion from Sweden to Libya.
Memery Crystal has acted for Biofrontera, whose shares have now been admitted to trading on AIM.
Memery Crystal LLP is acting for Mediterranean Oil & Gas Plc (MOG) in connection with its recommended takeover by Rockhopper Exploration plc
Memery Crystal has acted for mobile payment provider MPayMe on its acquisition by UK-based Powa Technologies for an undisclosed sum.
Memery Crystal has advised UK golf travel company Golfbreaks.com on the development and issue of its ‘Golfbreaks Bond’ offer.
Memery Crystal has advised British chocolatier Hotel Chocolat on the development and issue of its second ‘Chocolate Bond’ offer.
Memery Crystal lawyer and leukaemia survivor John Mawhood will be riding in the Fireflies Cycling Tour to raise funds for leukaemia research and treatment.
The European Commission has cleared the proposed merger between Hutchison 3G (H3G) and Telefónica Ireland (O2 Ireland), subject to conditions.
LK Shields Solicitors is a market leader in mergers and acquisitions in Ireland.
The Office for National Statistics has revealed that takeover activity among UK companies has dropped to the lowest level since records began 45 years ago.
In a unanimous patent decision, the US Supreme Court has criticised the Federal Circuit and limited the scope of infringement for method claims.
One of the biggest economic challenges facing governments and developers around the world is how to meet the growing demand for infrastructure development.
Arrangements between shareholders are often drafted to include ‘drag-along’ provisions, a mechanism by which majority shareholders can require minorities to join in a sale to a third party.
ASIC cuts highlight the need for better financial planning self-regulation, according to Richard Batten from Minter Ellison.
Modernisation of copyright law download
The Hargreaves Review was commissioned in November 2010 to review the UK’s intellectual property framework and to comment on how it could be modernised.
On 3 April 2014, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova passed Act No. 53/2014 on amending and supplementing certain legal acts.
The Treasury of the Australian government has released a consultation paper on providing certainty for contractual loss absorption provisions in regulatory capital.
In Morris Meadows Country Holidays and Seminars v MNR, the Tax Court considered whether certain workers were employees or independent contractors.
Mourant Ozannes has acted as Jersey counsel to the joint lead managers of the States of Jersey’s debut £250m bond issue.
Mourant Ozannes has advised APG on its purchase of a 20 per cent stake in Chinese warehouse firm e-Shan.
Mourant Ozannes has advised CVC Capital Partners, a private equity and investment firm, on the launch of its latest Asia-Pacific fund.
Robin Gibb has been admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands.
Mourant Ozannes advises more FTSE-listed companies than any other offshore law firm, according to the Adviser Rankings Ltd’s (ARL) Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide.
Jersey’s new discrimination law will be the focus of an expert panel discussion taking place that has been organised by Mourant Ozannes and the CIPD Jersey Group.
Mourant Ozannes has been voted the Best Offshore Law Firm for the second year running at the 2014 Hedgeweek USA Awards.
Morrisons’ new multi-channel initiative has caused concern among suppliers and trade bodies alike and prompted another GSCOP (Groceries Supply Code of Practice) clarification.
Multistate Tax Commission’s state transfer pricing group meets to discuss design for joint transfer pricing service download
The MTC has created an advisory group consisting of representatives from several states to design a joint transfer pricing audit programme for the states.
Eversheds’ Paul Worth has commented on news that the incoming deputy governor of the Bank of England is to drive through changes to foreign exchange and other benchmarks.
Musicians employed by the National Theatre in its production of War Horse at the New London Theatre have been refused their application for an interim injunction.
Nabarro has advised the joint venture between Hermes and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on their forward purchase of South Bank Tower.
Nabarro is advising Main Market-listed PXP Vietnam Fund on a placing and open offer issue to raise up to $134.56m (before expenses).
Partner — Manchester
DLA Piper’s Heidi Levine has been honoured by the National Organization for Women at its 2014 Women of Power and Influence Awards dinner.
NCTM has advised Triboo Media on the acquisition of 100 per cent of the share capital of HTML.it.
NCTM has announced the integration of Studio Panetta & Associati into the firm at its Rome office, with equity partner Rocco Panetta and seven other professionals, including salary partners Giorgio Telarico and Domenico Rinaldi, becoming part of NCTM.
NCTM has assisted Krizia SpA in the sale of Krizia International Srl to Shenzhen Marisfrolg Fashion Co Ltd, the Chinese women’s fashion producer
Among the most controversial of the Connected Continent Regulation amendments proposed are those dealing with net neutrality.
Resolution No. 328 of the Management Board of the National Bank of Ukraine prolongs the effect of many temporary restrictions on currency exchange transactions.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has issued new compliance and enforcement guidelines for Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation.
If you supply goods or services to consumers, you should be aware of the significant changes brought about by the new consumer laws made on 13 June 2014.
The telecom industry has traditionally been highly regulated and restricted in terms of foreign investment in China.
Regulation (EU) No 536/2014 on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The Pensions Regulator has published a new code of practice on funding defined benefits ’to minimise any adverse impact on the sustainable growth of an employer’.
New draft partnership tax manual download
HMRC has published a new draft partnership tax manual following the recommendations of the Office of Tax Simplification for a consolidated version of the guidance on partnerships.
CIC has announced expanded guidelines for immigration and border service officers to follow when assessing work permit applications.
New immigration codes of practice download
Two new immigration statutory Codes of Practice (replacing previous versions) were released by the government on 16 May 2014.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has published amendments to Part L of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010.
The Serbian Parliament has passed a Law on Amendments to the Privatization Law, relating to creditors’ claims against companies in restructuring.
The government has published new regulations aimed at consolidating the law on distance and doorstep selling, providing further protection for consumers.
A law has introduced a requirement for Russian citizens holding any other (i) citizenship or (ii) permanent residence permit in a foreign state to notify the Russian FMS.
From 1 July, new ‘definitive guidelines’ will apply for the sentencing of various environmental offences in the courts, irrespective of when they were committed.
New Thalidomide compensation bid download
Eight victims of the Thalidomide drug have filed papers at the High Court seeking compensation 50 years after they were born.
New York creates rocket-docket for commercial disputes — but accelerated adjudication comes with trade-offs download
As of 2 June, the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court will allow for the accelerated adjudication of commercial disputes.
A seven-year-old boy who was left with ‘catastrophic’ brain damage after his birth has been awarded £8m in compensation.
Ince & Co discusses five pitfalls where a lack of awareness and appropriate precaution can lead to significant damage to the company.
NLRB will focus on injunctions in successor cases: for potential buyers, six questions about their labour obligations download
The National Labor Relations Board has indicated that it intends to focus on seeking injunctions in successor cases.
Instead of an outright ban on pre-packs, Teresa Graham wants to see a ‘clean-up’ involving ’major improvements on how [pre-packs] are administered’.
No5 Chambers’ Jamie Gamble has represented the family of a woman who contracted norovirus and died after a stay in hospital for a bruised elbow.
No5 Chambers’ golf team was victorious at the the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) golf day at the Warwickshire Golf Club on 23 May 2014.
Nageena Khalique of No5 Chambers has appeared on behalf of the family of Dana Baker in a lengthy four-week inquest culminating in a narrative determination.
Ian Dove QC and Hugh Richards from No5 acted for East Northampton District Council in a matter concerning a planning application for a retail and leisure scheme in Rushden.
A team from No5 Chambers is taking part in a six-a-side cricket fundraising event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Avon & Bristol Law Centre.
Adam Farrer of No5 has acted for the HSE in the Crown Court and then in the Court of Appeal in relation to an appeal against sentence in a fatal gas case.
Barristers from No5 Chambers have represented the defendants in a case involving the fixing of football match results.
David Howker QC from No5 Chambers has defended in a case involving the discovery of a body in the garden of a Mansfield property.
Ekwall Tiwana and Tony Bell from No5 Chambers are appearing in a case where Wolves supporters are on trial after an opposition fan was left with a fractured skull.
Russell Holland from No5 Chambers has appeared for the appellant in Nabili v Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust UKEAT/0437/13/DM.
S Chelvan from No5 Chambers has been announced as the winner of the Legal Aid Barrister of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2014.
Simon Hunka from No5 Chambers has represented an officer jailed for misconduct in public office.
Barrister Michael Anning from No5 Chambers is defending a teenager who has admitted robbery, possessing a firearm with intent to commit robbery and possessing a prohibited weapon.
Two teenage boys, both aged 17, have been charged with the murder of Dean Mayley, a 24-year-old with learning difficulties.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has granted planning permission for Pinewood Studios Development Framework.
Sharon Bahia from No5 Chambers has defended in a case where two members of West Bromwich’s ‘Raiders Crew’ were given jail sentences.
Barrister Earl Pinnock from No5 Chambers recently defended Simon Williams, who has been sentenced to six months in prison after admitting fraudulently obtaining cash.
The State Revenue Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2014 proposes to insert new provisions into the Duties Act 1997 (NSW).
Recently, a national housebuilder sought consent from a third party to its development plans. This raised issues covered by two useful court decisions.
The California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District has affirmed the Superior Court ruling in Ocean Avenue LLC v County of Los Angeles.
Ofcom is seeking to establish whether end user repeaters/enhancers have the necessary characteristics to provide enhanced coverage solutions without causing interference.
Partner — Northampton
The management buy-out (MBO) by the partners of Ogier Fiduciary Services from the Ogier Group was completed on 18 June 2014
From 1 July, all commercial electronic messages sent from a computer in Canada or to an electronic address in Canada are regulated by CASL.
The Bank of England has announced measures to cool the housing market. Bruce Dear, head of London real estate at Eversheds, has commented on the measures.
Onshore wind activity in Ireland download
Mergers and acquisitions in renewable energy projects in Ireland have been increasing steadily and this is expected to continue over the coming years.
In his Mansion House speech on 12 June, George Osborne announced a number of measures in light of recently alleged or established market abuses.
Gerard McDermott QC was presented with the award of ‘Excellence in Legal Care’ at the SIA’s ‘Rebuilding Lives After Spinal Cord Injury’ awards.
Blindley Heath Investments Ltd v Bass and others was all about pre-emption rights — how they were created, could be applied and could be lost.
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment on the meaning of ‘extraordinary circumstances’ in the case of cancellation or delay arising out of technical faults.
John McKendrick has been invited by the Inter-American Development Bank to speak on the subject of effective oversight of procurement.
In early May 2014, three Chambers directors and 15 Outer Temple barristers visited Dubai to strengthen and reaffirm their commitment to working in the region.
Christopher Gibson QC and Robert Dickason from Outer Temple Chambers have contributed to the APIL clinical negligence book that is set to be published in July 2014.
Partner — Edinburgh
Parents penalised by legal aid cuts download
Family magistrates are warning that almost half of all parents fighting to get access to their children through the courts are being forced to do so without legal advice.
The Supreme Court decision in Clyde & Co v Bates van Winkelhof has focused attention on the employment status of partners who are members of LLPs.
The turbulent economic climate of recent years has heightened the importance to litigants (and their advisers) of establishing the solvency of all parties to proceedings.
We all know that getting embroiled in construction disputes can be costly.
Penn State seventh interim report download
This is the seventh quarterly report of Senator George J Mitchell on Penn State’s progress in implementing the requirements of the Athletics Integrity Agreement.
Penningtons Manches has advised Adaptimmune, a biotechnology company, on its multi-million-dollar strategic collaboration and licensing agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for the development and commercialisation of its lead clinical cancer programme.
Penningtons Manches lawyers have set their sights on the defendant’s professional indemnity insurer.
Penningtons Manches is currently pursuing two high-profile group action litigation claims relating to negligent advice given by solicitors.
We bring a pragmatic and commercial approach to pensions law. We understand the wide range of complex issues our clients face.
LK Shields Solicitors has experience in all aspects of pension schemes, regulatory and transactional issues, product development and pension disputes.
The DPO partly upheld a complaint from a member that he suffered financial loss due to his pension fund being transferred outside of a 10-day transfer window,
Under the Pensions Regulator’s 2010 guidance, it identified two categories of data.
Pensions snapSHot — June 2014: Pensions Act 2014; limited liability partnerships and auto-enrolment; and more
This edition of snapSHot provides you with a need-to-know digest of a range of legal and regulatory developments affecting the pensions world during May 2014.
Deborah Gray looks at how changed client expectations are making law firms radically review their approach to process and project management.
Michael Grimes, head of waste at law firm Eversheds, has commented on the new plastic bag levy set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech.
The Provisions on the Administration of Foreign Exchange for Cross-Border Security replace 12 existing regulations providing for cross-border security.
Gateley discusses some of the weird and wonderful terms of measurement used in the pre-decimal age.
The government has published its review of pre-packs following continued disquiet about their merits, particularly among unsecured creditor groups.
The UK government has published the findings and recommendations of an independent review into pre-pack administrations, carried out by Teresa Graham CBE.
In this podcast, Paul Harris shares his thoughts and observations on the commercial world, and intellectual property in particular.
Prevention of illegal working download
There are new ‘right to work’ checks required for employees and higher penalties for getting it wrong.
An unnamed AIM company has been privately censured and fined £90,000 by the AIM Executive Panel.
With a strong, dedicated team, we offer advice to private individuals and families throughout the UK and overseas.
LK Shields Solicitors advises on public offerings and private placing of equity and debt securities.
Partner — Manchester
The judgment in Martin Retail Group v Crawley Borough Council, as well as the wider application of competition law to land agreements, is covered in this webinar.
The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight the fact that certain real burdens will be automatically extinguished on 28 November 2014.
Property Update: underground energy resources; development; flood insurance for domestic properties; and more download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s real-estate experts bring you the latest property law issues and provide action points to help you and your organisation.
Proposed implementing legislation for the Mexican energy reform will create an open, competitive electrical power industry download
The Mexican Congress is debating a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector.
US congressmen Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) have introduced legislation aimed at reducing the ability of patent trolls to initiate ITC investigations.
The suggestion of a mandatory register of the beneficial share ownership of companies could have considerable impact on the structuring of transactions.
The EU has issued a new set of rules for the procurement of public contracts to make such contracts more accessible to SMEs.
Publication of two RTSs to determine the ‘identified staff’ and the types of instruments that can be used for paying bonuses download
These two regulatory technical standards (RTSs) were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 20 May and 6 June 2014 respectively.
Quarterly client update: Cayman Islands — May 2014: the Contracts (Rights Of Third Parties) Law 2014; the Exempted Limited Partnership Law 2014; and more download
Carey Olsen has released its quarterly client update regarding the Cayman Islands for the period of May 2014.
Queen’s Speech 2014 download
There are significant proposals this year on areas such as infrastructure, pensions, zero-hours contracts, ‘modern slavery’ and recall of MPs.
Queen’s Speech impacts developers download
The recent Queen’s Speech has several impacts for developers and property professionals.
The proposed legislative programme put forward in the Queen’s Speech contained some thought-provoking news for employers.
It is common for commercial contracts to include clauses governing how notices of claims may be served and setting out a date by which they must be served after which they cannot be brought.
The recent developments in state aid rules represent an important step in ensuring Ireland maintains the ability to promote cohesion between regions.
It is a well-established principle that serious cost consequences may flow from an unreasonable refusal to engage in alternative dispute resolution.
The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules Amendment Instrument 2014 (No.3) (Cth) (Amending Rules) came into force on 1 June 2014.
A proposed restriction on a tenant’s use of its property has been struck down as void under competition law.
This briefing discusses Capgemini India Private Ltd and another v Krishnan and others (the employees).
In Merlin Financial Consultants Ltd v Cooper, Mr Cooper was a financial adviser employed by Merlin.
The new TTBE, adopted following a lengthy consultation process, does not represent a significant departure from the previous approach to technology licensing.
In Roitelman, the Tax Court considered whether a director could establish that he had been duly diligent in his attempts to prevent his company’s failure to remit source deductions.
Role of the company secretary download
Directors of Irish companies are set to face new obligations regarding the company secretary when the Companies Bill 2012 is enacted.
Partner — Thames Valley
Addleshaw Goddard discusses four recent decisions regarding disclosure and privilege, including Rawlinson and another v Akers and another.
Royal charter appeal dismissed download
On 18 March 2013, the government, following the recommendations of the Leveson report, proposed a royal charter on press regulation.
Russian citizens will now have to notify authorities when obtaining foreign citizenship or permanent residency in a foreign country download
A law has been signed requiring Russian citizens to notify the migration authorities on obtaining foreign citizenship or any right to reside permanently in a foreign country within 60 days.
Partner — Thames Valley
On 19 May 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) issued the Foreign Exchange Administration Rules on Cross-border Security.
The decision in Boucher v Wal-Mart represents a good monetary result for Wal-Mart but it is laced with lessons for employers to keep in mind when faced with allegations of managerial harassment.
Schillings has announced that it has won the inaugural ABS of the Year award at the 2014 Lawyer Awards.
Schoenherr has advised a consortium of creditor banks on the debt restructuring and refinancing of Slovenia’s Poslovni sistem Mercator dd and its subsidiaries.
Rosario Sapuppo has joined Schoenherr as head of the newly established Italy desk in the firm’s Istanbul office.
Second Circuit upholds broad SEC settlement powers — for potential defendants, three key points download
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has found that Judge Jed S Rakoff abused his discretion in refusing to approve a settlement between the SEC and Citigroup Global Markets.
The threat of blackouts and proposed price hikes in energy costs serves as a reminder that the UK’s energy policy continues its rise up the barometer of economic and political importance.
Shale: a guide to tailoring legislation, SPAs, farm-in agreements and JOAs in developing basins download
This paper aims to provide governments, developers and investors with: an understanding of current regulatory and contractual practice in the UK and elsewhere.
Partner — Milton Keynes
Shepherd and Wedderburn’s competition team, led by John Schmidt, has advised high-street retailer John Lewis.
Shepherd and Wedderburn’s place on the 12-firm Sainsbury’s Legal Community panel has been renewed following a recent review.
Shepherd and Wedderburn welcomes the introduction to the Scottish Parliament of a bill that will allow businesses and individuals to create effective contracts.
Shoosmiths has acted for Xafinity Consulting in deal that will see the company relocate to the Phoenix office development in Reading.
Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of Orion Clinical Services on its merger with Simbec Research.
A real-estate lawyer at Shoosmiths has completed the second edition of the successful and popular industry handbook Property Development: A Practical Guide.
Shoosmiths has announced that two of its key partners have been shortlisted for the Manchester Downtown in Business Women in Business Awards.
Shoosmiths has announced that it is sponsoring Northampton County Cricket Club for a whole season.
Shoosmiths recently teamed up with RBS and KPMG for the Thames Valley Business Leaders’ Dinner in Reading.
Shoosmiths has been recognised for its impact in the south east of England as part of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards.
Shoosmiths has been named Law Firm of the Year and one of its transactions also won Deal of the Year at the annual Solent Deals Awards.
Should Liverpool FC bite back? download
FIFA has confirmed that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Luis Suarez following an apparent breach of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
Two recent cases have rekindled the debate about when time spent at work but sleeping counts as working time for the purposes of the rules on National Minimum Wage.
Managing sickness absence can be a tricky area, particularly in the case of disabled employees, who may require more time off than others.
The coming year will see further changes to the taxation of UK residential property affecting all non-UK residents and all UK residents who use more than one residential property.
The Ministry of Justice’s latest statistics show that the reduction in tribunal claims since the introduction of fees in July 2013 has continued.
The government was consulting on proposals to relax the administrative burden for companies, and has now published its responses to the consultation.
A new set of limitations has been introduced that will likely complicate the acquisition of agricultural land for everyone (both Slovak and foreign entities).
Have you quickly looked through a planning permission and thought, we have planning permission for X and therefore we can use permitted development rights to switch to Y?
Since the introduction of the Jackson Reforms, there have been a significant number of further changes to the Civil Procedure Rules. Here are some highlights.
The South African National Treasury has published proposals for a carbon offset scheme.
The Spanish Official National Gazette has published a new regulation developing the Spanish AML legislation
The Spanish government has asked an experts committee to prepare a report with proposals for the tax reform that the Spanish government is currently drafting.
Speeding penalties set to soar download
The government is to increase the severity of penalties relating to driving offences, as part of a series of sweeping reforms to magistrates’ powers.
Since September 2012, it has been a criminal offence to squat in a residential building.
What are the implications of the Heartbleed virus for organisations?
The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP Canada) held its 16th annual national conference on 16–17 June 2014 in Toronto.
Stephenson Harwood has advised on the launch of the UK’s first listed investment fund dedicated to investing in peer-to-peer loans and related credit assets.
Eversheds partner Ben Moylan has commented following the news that the British government is to be the first Western sovereign to issue a sukuk.
Summer working hours in the GCC download
The annual summer time working hours restrictions will soon be implemented in the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The BC Court of Appeal has upheld the for-cause termination of a supervisor who used text messages to obtain drugs from an employee under his supervision.
Supreme Court clarifies test for § 271(b) induced infringement, invites Federal Circuit to revisit Muniauction test for § 271(a) direct infringement download
Induced infringement, under § 271(b) of the Patent Act, requires a finding of a predicate direct infringement, under § 271(a).
Supreme Court denies chronic stress WCB claim after employee reacted to disciplinary letter download
The Supreme Court of Canada has denied an employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits (WCB) for ‘chronic stress’.
In Nautilus Inc v Biosig Inst Inc, the US Supreme Court unanimously held that the Federal Circuit’s indefiniteness standard bred ‘lower court confusion’.
Supreme Court issues new interpretation upsetting established protocol for obtaining internet service subscriber information download
The Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision that upset a common interpretation of a provision of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
Supreme Court rejects premise for GHG Tailoring Rule, but largely maintains EPA’s authority to set GHG emission limits download
The court’s decision upholds the EPA’s regulation of roughly 83 percent of stationary-source GHG emissions under its permitting programme.
The Supreme Court has ruled that a fixed-salary partner who was a member of a limited liability partnership (LLP) was a ‘worker’ for employment law purposes.
The Supreme Court has issued a split decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA.
The US Supreme Court has maintained its solidarity with yet another 9-0 patent decision in Alice Corporation v CLS Bank.
Sweden proposes new system for corporate taxation: a redistribution of tax payments in the business sector download
A Swedish government committee mandated to analyse the Swedish corporate tax system has proposed new corporate tax rules.
Partner — Manchester
Before purchasing real estate in the Cayman Islands, very careful consideration should be given as to how to take title to the real estate to be purchased.
Tax Newsletter: June 2014 — tax relief and rates for social security contributions in Serbia download
The Serbian Parliament adopted amendments to the Law on Personal Income Tax and the Law on Mandatory Social Security Contributions on 30 May 2014.
HMRC has issued a third consultation document entitled ‘Inheritance tax: a fairer way of calculating trust charges’ on the inheritance tax regime for trusts.
Tax-efficient borrowing download
Businesses should aim to pay the lowest rate of interest when borrowing from banks, as well as ensuring any financing is structured tax efficiently.
Working with clients throughout the UK, we have become one of the most respected groups in this dynamic area of the law.
Ten major differences between real-estate investing in China and real-estate investing in the US download
Commercial real estate is an approximately $26tn (RMB 162tn) global industry.
FERC violated the National Environmental Policy Act by improperly ‘segmenting’ its NEPA analysis of a four-part upgrade to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s 300 Line System.
Until recently, clauses permitting termination for convenience were a rarity in standard form construction and engineering contracts.
Testing times for insolvency download
The Court of Appeal has recently considered the Eurosail test for insolvency. The court’s ruling is to be welcomed for several reasons.
The ‘new’ flexible working regime download
There are many ways in which flexible working can be achieved, through the use of, or a combination of, many possible working arrangements.
The Delaware state senator responsible for introducing a proposed ban on fee-shifting bylaws has sponsored a resolution to delay any vote on the proposed ban until 2015.
Recruitment consultancies should get back to people to ensure they know what happened to their job application. Many don’t and that is simply not good enough.
The corridor of uncertainty diminishes following another pro international arbitration judgment from the Indian Supreme Court download
There is a critical issue for international parties who have contracted with Indian counterparties and agreed to refer disputes to international arbitration.
The CSSF publishes the article 42 AIFMD information form: non-EU AIFMs can notify CSSF of intention to market in Luxembourg download
The CSSF has published guidance on the notification to it by non-EU AIFMs of their intention to market their EU and non-EU AIFs to professional investors in Luxembourg.
The Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014 is now in force following publication of The Directors Registration and Licensing (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2014.
The ECJ has ruled in favour of extending the liability of a cartel’s members when the effect of the cartel was to incite other market operators to increase their own prices.
Following the 2008 financial crisis, there has been greater focus by commercial parties on dispute resolution provisions in transaction documents.
The Falkonera (Court of Appeal) download
On 5 June 2014, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of the owners of Falkonera, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) against the judgment of Mr Justice Eder.
New regulations that ban businesses from imposing excessive fees on consumers making payments will extend to small businesses from 12 June 2014.
Around 1,500 firms regulated by the FCA must now get to grips with substantial changes coming into effect under the FCA’s Client Assets rules.
The Financial Report: US SEC developments; US judicial developments; global regulators; and more download
DLA Piper has released the latest version (Volume 3, No.10) of The Financial Report, featuring news and analysis from across the financial sector.
The first trial in Serbia pursuant to law on liability of legal entities for criminal offences has rendered a guilty verdict download
The law on liability of legal persons for criminal offences came into force on 4 November 2008. Nearly six years thereafter the first verdict was rendered on the 11 June 2014.
The future of vouchers download
After two years of public consultations, as well as various rounds of discussions between member states, new rules on the VAT treatment of vouchers are just about to be born.
The German government has reportedly tightened tender rules for sensitive public IT contracts download
This follows whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding the US National Security Agency’s mass surveillance activities.
In a landmark judgment, the CJEU has ruled that an individual has the ‘right to be forgotten’ under the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.
This article sets out five key things you need to know about the case of IBM UK Holdings v Dalgleish and its implications for employers and trustees.
A unitranche loan is a lending facility where a single lender offers the borrower a senior and a subordinated tranche of debt and blends them into a single loan.
The importance of ensuring service download
In T&L Sugars Ltd v Tate & Lyle Industries, the Commercial Court considered the meaning of ‘service’ in the context of warranty claims in a share and business sale agreement.
The number of UK football clubs mired in financial difficulty has reached a two-year high, according to the Begbies Traynor Red Flag Football Distress Report.
The Infrastructure Bill download
The Infrastructure Bill was introduced into Parliament on 6 June 2014.
This article provides an update on how the Jackson Reforms have affected the litigation of commercial disputes in the English courts in the past 15 months.
The Life Insurance Amendment Act 2014 came into force last month and has introduced two important changes to Bermuda’s Life Insurance Act 1978.
Wildgen has released an April 2014 update on the Luxembourg double tax treaties network.
A corporate sale and purchase agreement will typically contain provision for the service of notices.
A new French law (the Consumer Act) that took effect on 18 March 2014 allows consumers to bring class actions in France.
The new provisions regarding controlling shareholders are set out primarily in Listing Rule 6, which sets out requirements where the company has a ‘controlling shareholder’.
This week, Nominet (the UK’s domain registry operator) launched the registration for shorter .uk domain names — such as <website.uk>.
In contrast to non-solvency non-payment of rent, in insolvency situations the landlord must prove for rent he is owed.
HSE and DECC have been busy drafting and amending legislation to transpose the Offshore Safety Directive into UK law.
The Paris Court of Appeal raps the French Competition Authority’s knuckles and annuls the sanctions against endive producers download
The Paris Court of Appeal has overturned all the provisions of the French Competition Authority’s decision in the matter of endive producers.
The Pensions Regulator published the revised version of its new code of practice on funding defined benefits on 10 June.
The RF SAC Presidium has made a number of determinations that may be significant for the application of transfer pricing rules.
The Saucy Fish Co has secured a UK High Court agreed interim injunction against German supermarket chain Aldi, requiring it to stop selling copycat products.
In the first of a two-part series, Mark Carver considers the SRA’s proposed changes to the professional indemnity market.
The Supreme Court recently gave its long-awaited decision in Clyde & Co v Barnes van Winkelhof.
On 5 June 2014, the government launched its Cyber Essentials scheme, which sets out requirements for basic technical protection from cyber attacks.
Budget 2014 limits the scope for obtaining tax relief on investments in renewables projects, but it also opens up a new relief, of which some renewables investors may be able to take advantage.
Under new HMRC plans, settlements of property made during the settlor’s lifetime would be subject to only one nil-rate band.
For anyone purchasing goods of any kind, the most important question is: ‘Am I getting the product that I have agreed to pay for?’
Threat, assault on supervisor were just cause for dismissal at isolated mine in NWT with ‘zero-tolerance’ violence policy download
An employee at an isolated camp in Canada who assaulted and threatened his supervisor was dismissed for just cause, an adjudicator has decided.
In 1984 libel law was a small but exciting part of the business. We started to carve a reputation for ourselves as experts in libel in what was then an uncrowded marketplace.
Three key cases in one day address the future contours of arbitration clauses in California: action steps for employers download
The California Supreme Court has clarified the permissible scope of class action waivers in arbitration clauses in California.
The second chamber of the Swiss Parliament, the Council of States, decides on 2 June 2014 on two pending motions for a tightening of the Lex Koller.
Have you just been asked to deal with a dispute? If yes, ensure you are familiar with the Jackson Reforms, which were introduced in April 2013.
The Commonwealth Treasury has proposed to extend to small businesses the same protection from unfair contract terms as have been given to consumers.
Partner — Manchester
Walker Morris provides an update on the Commons (Town and Village Greens) (Trigger and Terminating Events) Order 2014, which came into force on 12 February 2014.
An application to register land as a town and village green was once a dangerous weapon that could be used by anyone to try and prevent redevelopment.
The guide provides advice on how to support trade union members who are autistic to secure the workplace adjustments they may need.
The EAT was asked to consider whether employees could bring a claim directly against a new employer to whom their employment had transferred under TUPE.
TUPE: service provision change occurred despite significant change in the way activities carried out post-transfer download
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the Employment Tribunal’s approach towards identifying whether there had been a service provision change.
A recent decision of the Turkish Court of Appeals challenges the absence of disclosure requirements.
Partner — Birmingham
Partner — Manchester
Eversheds principal associate Geraldine Ahern has said that the Middle East’s e-commerce retail market still has structural obstacles to overcome.
UK Automotive Newsletter: the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations; and more download
Dentons has published its UK Automotive Newsletter for June 2014.
The UK government has launched a new cyber security certification framework called ‘Cyber Essentials’.
Eversheds partner Robin Johnson has commented on the increasing confidence in the UK manufacturing industry.
Many buyers purchase off-plan from a developer well in advance of the estimated construction completion date.
Ilyashev & Partners has been named one of the top law firms in Ukraine by Ukranian Law Firms 2014 — A Handbook for Foreign Clients directory.
This award is the latest of a number of court decisions and LMAA arbitration awards dealing with issues that frequently arise in time charterparty underperformance disputes.
An updated code of listing requirements and procedures for investment funds was released by the Irish Stock Exchange in July 2013.
The US government has moved to act on carbon emissions by requiring US states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 per cent by 2030.
Since the enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, calls have arisen in certain quarters for even more reform.
US Court of Appeals backtracks from application of §1782 discovery in international commercial arbitration download
In a surprising reversal, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has vacated its ruling in Consorcio Ecuatoriano de Telecomunicaciones SA v JAS Forwarding.
US LNG exports: policy update download
The US House of Representatives voted to approve legislation that would expedite the DoE’s process for approving applications to export liquefied natural gas.
Under subsection 118.5(1) of the Income Tax Act, an individual taxpayer may claim a tax credit in respect of certain qualifying tuition fees.
HMRC’s policy on reclaiming VAT on investment management and other costs remains under review in the light of two recent decisions from the CJEU.
Both the FOI Act 2000 and EIR 2004 give rights of public access to information held by public authorities. The differences are worth noting.
We highlighted the significance of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) decision to require disclosure of financial information relating to the Heygate Estate renewal scheme in July last year.
Vivien Rimmer, partner and solicitor in the residential development team at IBB Solicitors, discusses assets of community value in relation to commercial and residential development projects.
In this video interview, tax partner John Harrington, former international tax counsel for the Department of Treasury, provides an overview of FATCA.
In this video on Reuters TV, Tom Levine, head of the global telecoms group at Allen & Overy, comments on trends in telecoms consolidation.
In this video, Alan Jolliffe, senior litigation executive — personal injury and clinical negligence at IBB Solicitors, focuses on mesothelioma.
In this video, Malcolm Underhill, partner at IBB Solicitors and accredited brain injury lawyer, discusses brain injury claims and compensation.
Malcolm Underhill, personal injury solicitor and accredited brain injury specialist, speaks to Jane Clarke, chair of Headway, a brain injury charity.
In this video, Juliusz Wodzianski, partner and commercial real-estate solicitor, discusses the key issues when purchasing a site for development.
Jon Mowbray discusses the assistance you can provide to a client in relation to their occupation of properties and commercial lease disputes.
Anna West, personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discusses hate crimes against vulnerable adults.
In this video, Jonathan Bruck, senior employment law solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discuss employment disputes and Acas regulations.
In this video interview Dentons tax partner John Harrington provides an overview of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
Alison Wright, senior litigation executive in IBB’s personal injury and clinical negligence team, discusses ‘conditional fee agreements’ to fund personal injury claims.
In this video, Tara Flavin discusses the heads of terms in commercial real-estate transactions.
In this video, Jo Coleman, partner and charity lawyer at IBB Solicitors, discusses how to register a charity in England and Wales.
In this video, IBB Solicitors partner Dr Christopher Hayes discusses intellectual property protection and registration.
Shital Mehta answers the key questions often asked by leaseholders and freeholders.
Vicky Stokes, partner and commercial property solicitor in IBB’s real-estate team, discusses mixed-use development.
In this video, commercial real-estate partner Vicky Stokes discusses mixed-use development projects and looks at the key issues for developers and occupiers.
Alan Jolliffe, who is based in the personal injury and clinical negligence department at IBB Solicitors, discusses noise-induced hearing loss.
Anna West, personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discusses how to make a personal injury and medical negligence claim.
Vivien Rimmer, partner at IBB solicitors, discusses the implications for land developers of rights over land being retained by the seller or a third party.
Jon Mowbray discusses the key issues affecting developers including rights of light.
Caroline Dunne discusses road traffic offences, driving disqualification, receiving a notice of intended prosecution and the availability of legal aid for road traffic offences.
Justin Govier, partner and employment law solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discusses settlement agreements — the key employment law issues for employers.
Jaspreet Patter, corporate solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discusses the importance of shareholders’ agreements and what they should entail.
In this video, Jaspreet Patter, a solicitor in the corporate and commercial team at IBB Solicitors, discusses shareholders’ agreements.
Vicky Stokes, partner and commercial property solicitor in IBB’s real-estate team, discusses stamp duty land tax and the key considerations for developers.
Eric Sophir discusses how companies can develop their patent portfolio to protect their business from both present and future challenges.
In this video interview, intellectual property and technology partner Eric Sophir discusses Alice Corp v CLE Bank International.
In this video, Jo Coleman, partner and charity lawyer at IBB Solicitors, provides a guide to charity mergers and acquisitions.
David Clark discusses the recent case of Fujitsu Services and IBM, which emphases the need for commercial contracts to be carefully drafted.
Malcolm Underhill, partner and brain injury solicitor at IBB Solicitors, discusses the possible symptoms and consequences of traumatic head and brain injury.
In this video, Vicky Preece, senior solicitor in IBB’s childcare team, answers questions frequently asked by children in care proceedings.
Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised private equity firm Endless on the sale of St Neots Packaging to Coveris.
Corporate and finance lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Finance Yorkshire on its £400,000 investment in a distributor of detergents and fabric softener.
The Walker Morris charity football tournament recently took place, with eight teams battling it out in aid of Hyde Park Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade — Walker Morris’s nominated charity for the year.
Walker Morris’s David Kilduff has addressed a collaboration of local authorities at the launch of APSE Energy in Parliament.
Walker Morris has announced that it will be awarding travel bursaries worth £1,000 each to three of its trainees each year.
Partner — Thames Valley
Gateley discusses two recent decisions relating to the law of nuisance: Coventry v Lawrence and Northumbrian Water Ltd v Sir Robert McAlpine.
Karla Sheerin-Griffin focuses on two of the remedies that are available to a person who has been wronged to obtain information from a person who is not a party to the litigation.
Webinar: energy and natural resource webinar — investing in unbundled energy assets: risks for the unwary
This webinar explores the topic of investing in unbundled electricity and gas transmission assets and the legal risks that potentially lie in wait.
This Shepherd and Wedderburn webinar examines service charge and the application of the third edition of the Service Charge Code.
This webinar considers a number of provisions within oil and gas contracts that have the potential to give rise to dispute.
Weekly Newsletter Italy: HR consultancy; competition, EU and regulatory; and financial services disputes and investigations download
Eversheds has published its weekly newsletter covering Italy for 19–25 May 2014. It looks at HR consultancy, competition, EU and regulatory, financial services disputes and more.
Weekly Newsletter Italy: rules governing a power of attorney granted overseas; FITs — retrospective cuts: government erring on side of caution download
Eversheds has published its Weekly Newsletter Italy for the period 9–15 June 2014.
Leroy Barnes was receiving disability insurance payments while showing off his dance moves as one the dancing hamsters in the Kia commercials.
The Intellectual Property Act 2014 seeks to implement the recommendations of the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth 2011.
What makes a good chair? download
In this guest blog, Frank Lewis, who serves as a chair and non-executive director for listed and unlisted companies, lists the attributes a chair should possess.
Currently, not a day seems to go by without reports of whistleblowing in the press, and more developments are in the pipeline.
Concerns have been raised about the risks of investing in ‘coco’ bonds (contingent convertible bonds).
The UK Department for Energy & Climate Change has published its Community Energy Strategy.
Wierzbowski Eversheds is holding a conference that includes B2B sessions with international defence contractors and security industry representatives.
Hungary wishes to follow the approach taken by many other countries by creating a ‘bad bank’.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has issued a consultation paper setting out its proposed levy framework for the three levy years from April 2015 onwards.
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The US PTO has disallowed the Washington Redskins trademark as offensive, threatening millions of dollars the team makes from merchandise and sponsorships.
Nikki Lynds-Xavier, partner in Winckworth Sherwood’s housing management team, has been quoted in an article in Inside Housing.
Winckworth Sherwood is sponsoring the International Waterfront Forum in Liverpool on 19 June 2014.
Emily Brand, a partner in Winckworth Sherwood’s family team, has been named as one the UK’s top three divorce lawyers by divorcesaloon.com
DLA Piper has announced that the firm has received Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for the third consecutive year.
This article summarises a number of recent cases and developments employers should be aware of regarding the Fair Work Commission’s new bullying jurisdiction.
With the start of the World Cup imminent, have you planned how you are going to manage employee relations during the competition?
World Cup fever without the headache download
While football fans will be gripped with World Cup fever over the next month, businesses could face HR headaches as a result.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised biopharmaceutical company arGEN-X on its first collaboration with Bayer and on a strategic alliance with Shire.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised investment firm MxP Partners on its £80m private equity buyout of Amber Taverns.
Automotive expert David Bailey has joined Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co as a consultant. In this article, he discusses the topic of EU membership.
The IP team at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has helped Kohler Mira secure a significant damages award in the IPEC against Bristan Group.
Partner — Manchester
Agriculture in Yorkshire is showing a strong recovery compared with other regions, according to research by insolvency trade body R3.
You need to prove your case: California Supreme Court confirms wage-and-hour defendants have right to argue individualised defence in class action trials download
Duran v US Bank National Association has far-reaching ramifications and the potential to dramatically shape the way employment class actions proceed in California.
Why frustrated airline passengers kicking their heels in departure halls around the world shouldn’t be jumping for joy just yet; plus a massive overhaul of UK intellectual property law is coming into force; and a cut-out-and-keep guide to the Jackson reforms for in-house lawyers
Super-sleek hunting machines with serious bite - maybe law firms have more in common with the ocean’s greatest predators than we previously thought.
Keep up to date with all the latest figures coming in from The Lawyer UK200 with our revenue table for 2013/14.
Bird & Bird has lost an appeal for airline Jet2.com against a delayed passenger in a ruling which could pave the way for millions of airline compensation claims.
Is it a bird, is it a plane? Today at the Court of Appeal it was both, or more accurately, 2Birds and one plane
Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond finds she cares about 34, Grosvenor Square.
7KBW and 39 Essex Court have settled a payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling battle between Lloyds subsidiary Black Horse and a customer on the day it was to appear in the Supreme Court.
Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) are advising German-headquartered travel group Tui AG and its UK subsidiary Tui Travel respectively on their £4.8bn merger.
Some might have noticed that Allen & Overy (A&O) has, quietly and without a fuss, decided to launch in Canada. Others may remember that back in 2011 the firm actively
Magic circle firms are flirting with different ways to approach jurisdictions. Allen & Overy has opportunistically opened in Canada after partner Francois Duquette said he wanted to go back home. Duquette had already spearheaded the firm’s foray into Africa and Abu Dhabi. That’s some track record.
Allen & Overy (A&O) is to open a small base in Toronto after the Canadian-qualified founding partner of its Casablanca office returns to Canada.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith Freehills and Macfarlanes are among eight firms to have retained positions of Virgin Group’s panel following an informal review.
At the time of its launch Accutrainee was described as a revolutionary change to the training model. Has it proved to be so? Not really.
Addleshaw Goddard managing partner John Joyce has installed Gulf and Asia regional office heads in the latest stage of ongoing management reform at the firm.
Addleshaw Goddard has overhauled its management lineup in the wake of falling net profit figures after a year of upheaval at the firm.
Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Osborne Clarke have won the main spots on Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) first formal panel.
Former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof, who claimed she was dismissed from the firm for blowing the whistle on a colleague, is joining African airline FastJet as group general counsel.
AIM-listed consumer financial services business Fairpoint Group has stated its commitment to expanding Simpson Millar after it completed its acquisition of the firm earlier this week for an £8m consideration.
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Australian senior partner Grant Fuzi is to leave the firm at the end of this year, four years after he launched the magic circle firm’s offices down under.
The movement of personnel in Australia’s legal sector has showed no sign of slowing down nearly three years after a big wave of entrants into the market
Canada – with its strong dollar, vibrant energy market and considerable natural resources – has long been on the agenda for many international firms. So when Allen & Overy (
Arnold & Porter, Linklaters and Kenyan firms Anjarwalla & Khanna and Kaplan & Stratton have taken the lead roles on Kenya’s $2bn (£1.2bn) Eurobond, the largest debut sovereign bond issuance from Africa.
Ashurst’s Chinese alliance firm, Guantao, is taking a serious look at its long-term strategy, and is drafting in former Ashurst senior partner Geoffrey Green as an adviser.
It’s a pretty dismal figure. Just 18.6 per cent of all partners in the UK legal market are women, according to The Lawyer UK 200.
Ashurst is aiming to ensure that 40 per cent of all partner promotions are female by 2018 as well as handing a quarter of management positions to women in a radical overhaul of the firm’s diversity policy.
Ashurst corporate partner Nigel Stacey is to join Gibson Dunn, following in the footsteps of former colleague Jonathan Earle who made the same move in April.
Ashurst’s low-cost support base in Scotland is to rejig its business model by adding at least two qualified lawyers to the office by the end of the year.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.
The growth of international firms in Asia Pacific stalled in 2013, while the top 100 independent firms in the region by 12 per cent, research for The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 2014 revealed.
Eversheds dropped lawyer headcount in the Asia Pacific by 23.5 per cent in 2013.
The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the only research report to provide a ranking of the top 100 independent local firms and top 50 global firms in the region. The report offers critical review of some of the fastest growing firms and their strategies, a country-by-country guide to leading legal advisers and legal services market trends, plus exclusive insight into the current business development opportunities in the Asia Pacific. This report is essential reading for anyone with a strategic ...
Yesterday saw the publication of The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150, the annual ranking of the largest law firms by lawyer numbers across Asia Pacific
In-house teams have taken to the skies this week, with the legal departments over at Wizz Air, FastJet and Nasa all seeing changes at the top
Baker & McKenzie has made up 65 lawyers and other professionals across 32 offices to its partnership, with almost a third of the new partners working in its tax practice.
With the fallout from Libor still raging, PPI claims still filtering through and a hefty volume of smaller claims on their plates, now is certainly a suitable time for banks to be concerned about their legal heft. But what exactly are they doing?
Banking giant Barclays has told panel firms that they should team up as single units as part of its latest panel review process.
Third sector specialists Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has become the latest firm to be granted an ABS licence, paving the way for its first non-lawyer partner.
In-house teams are increasingly demanding that their panel firms collaborate more on projects. This week has already seen significant moves by RBS and Barclays, which are now requiring law firms to partner with each other. This is the future.
Bird & Bird has expanded its Pan-Asian alliance network by adding two Indonesian firms.
Bird & Bird has posted a revenue rise of 4 per cent from £249m to £259m but has indicated that net profit will be down on the £47.5m reported at the 2012/13 year end.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and King & Spalding have taken the main legal advisory roles on the awarding of Greece’s first oil and gas exploration leases for two decades.
British pensions administrator Suffolk Life has appointed Bond Dickinson, DWF, Curle Stewart, Tughans and Wilson Nesbitt for Scotland and Northern Ireland with immediate effect.
What do Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have in common? Their record-busting 2013/14 financial results for one thing, with Eversheds boosting profit to £85.4m and Pinsents smashing the £300m revenue barrier?
BP’s ongoing panel review process is drawing to a close, with firms expecting to be told if they have scooped a UK panel place before the end of June.
It’s begun! If the world media coverage hasn’t put you off, and you want to find out more about Brazil and football from a business perspective, then don’t miss the analyses we’re curating. Lawyers and sport: a volatile mix?
Top 30 London set Hardwicke is to be bolstered by the arrival of former Brick Court senior clerk Deborah Anderson.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), the body which oversees MPs’ salaries and expenses, has appointed Browne Jacobson as its sole legal provider in the place of Addleshaw Goddard.
Wizz Air’s general counsel Owain Jones will now manage the low-cost airline’s human resources, communications and public relations arm as well as its legal function.
As England licks its footballing wounds, could the SFO exercise its powers to tackle Fifa corruption and bribery?
Deutsche Bank and Canary Wharf Group are seeking a court resolution over a financing deal following the £795m sale of Clifford Chance’s 10 Upper Bank Street building.
Charles Russell has signed a formal association agreement with independent Saudi Arabian firm Al-Soaib, gifting it its third foothold in the Middle East.
What does Linklaters need to do in China? Will it replicate its alliance strategy in South Africa and Australia? Relationships in the Chinese market are shifting all the time, as the stories below demonstrate.
China’s biggest life insurer China Life is set to buy Clifford Chance’s Canary Wharf headquarters in a £780m deal, according to media reports.
It’s nearly 14 years since Hong Kong (HK) returned to Chinese sovereignty, but so far there are only 20 Chinese firms have opened an office in the special administrative region
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, alongside Irish heavyweights A&L Goodbody and Arthur Cox, are leading on the mammoth $42.9bn (£25.3bn) merger of medical technology giants Medtronic and Covidien.
In-house lawyers are not buying the much-trumpeted disaggregated legal services firms are offering them, exclusive research by The Lawyer has found.
Clifford Chance has advised China Mobile on its $880m investment in Thai telecommunications company True Corporation, which turned to Linklaters for advice.
Clifford Chance is to vote next month on slashing its management committee from 16 to nine in Matthew Layton’s first key move as leader.
Clifford Chance’s new broom is getting started on the spring cleaning. Matthew Layton has only been in the managing partner job for a month but he’s already making good on his manifesto pledges
Clyde & Co has hired two partners from US firm Keesal, Young & Logan to establish its fifth US office in Orange County, Southern California.
Clyde & Co has increased its revenues by 8.5 per cent from £336.6m to £365.1m for the 2013/14 year-end.
The results keep rolling in, with today’s news focused on the financial performance of Euro mega firm CMS
CMS has announced its financial results for the year to 31 December 2013 and revealed flat global revenue flat, rising by 0.5 per cent from €837.7m (£711.5m) to €842.1m (£715.2m).
Nowhere has the legal market changed so radically as the insurance sector over the last ten years. The Lawyer’s research shows the extent to which consolidation has become the norm. Pricing challenges remain, but the dominant firms are truly emerging.
A recent Crown Court case featuring the SFO has clarified the laws surrounding conspiracy to defraud
Facebook adviser Cooley is believed to be in talks with a number of Edwards Wildman’s London partners in preparation for a City launch.
As the equity capital markets rocketed back into favour and global M&A saw at least a partial return to form, there have been some rich pickings for The Lawyer’s Corporate Team of the Year award shortlisted firms in 2014.
Covington & Burling has introduced a European head of public policy and government affairs role to the firm as it looks to beef up its offering in Brussels.
As Croatia takes the stage in Brazil today, thoughts turn lightly to the country’s legal developments. We’ve teamed up with some of the country’s leading firms to bring you their analysis.
The Crown Estate has appointed in-house solicitor Rob Booth as its new head of legal, replacing Alex Peeke who is set to exit for Land Securities.
DAC Beachcroft has put 65 jobs across the UK and Scotland into consultation that launched on 30 May and will vacate its Fountain Street office in Manchester as a result.
It has been a surprisingly quiet fortnight in Europe when it comes to recruitment, with only a handful of appointments to report in today’s moves round-up
Deloitte is to become the last of the Big Four audit firms to enter the UK legal market after appointing a new chief of Deloitte Legal to draw up an action plan.
Dentons has ramped up its war of words with the media and industry analysts over financial transparency.
Dentons has named Warsaw partner Pawel Debowski as the sole chair of its European real estate group in the wake of co-chair Eric Rosedale’s departure to Greenberg Traurig.
Profitability is still a valid metric when examining law firm performance.
DLA Piper and Sullivan & Cromwell have advised Boston-based technology company Allied Minds on its initial public offering (IPO) and admission to trading on the London Stock Exchange.
DLA Piper’s Hong Kong corporate partner Esther Leung has left to join Chinese firm Jun He, a month after a team of four moved to Winston & Strawn.
A partner in DLA Piper’s Milan office is facing trial on corruption charges related to Milan’s hosting of next year’s ‘Expo 2015’ world fair.
What a week it’s been for Edwards Wildman’s London office. It started with a bunch of partners allegedly threatening to walk out in a row over pay and
Edwards Wildman Palmer is in the midst of “ongoing dialogue” with five of its London-based corporate partners as they threaten to quit over pay.
Edwards Wildman currently finds itself in an unusual situation. According to sources, the US firm’s London office has done so magnificently well that several of its corporate partners have had enough; they’ve had a great year, and they want the cash to show for it. The problem is, they can’t get it.
Orrick is hiring a corporate partner from the London office of Edwards Wildman as speculation mounts about additional exits from the US firm.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
A full two decades ago, The Lawyer launched its first-ever awards. They were billed as being devoted to finding excellence in the legal profession, and 20 years on, the same applies.
Accountancy and consulting giant EY has made another foray into the legal sector, hiring Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Richard Norbruis to lead its global transaction law practice.
Fieldfisher tax and structuring head Graeme Nuttall is among a small group of lawyers to have been named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, becoming an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
The World Cup hasn’t been the only talking point this week. In today’s issue, DLA Piper global co-chief executive Sir Nigel Knowles reminds us that the legal sector remains fragmented: there are simply too many firms offering services without any clear differentiation
The Department for Transport’s (DfT) former general counsel, Christopher Muttukumaru, has taken up tenancy at Monckton Chambers.
Fountain Court is to launch an office in Singapore in early September, after appointing former Rajah & Tann litigation partner Kanaga Dharmananda as a member of chambers.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) are advising on the flotation of private hospital group Spire Healthcare’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange.
A raft of firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have advised on Zoopla Property Group’s IPO.
It is at times like these that you have to wonder why the advent of alternative business structures was ever termed Tesco Law
Freshfields has swept the board in Thomson Reuters M&A rankings for the first half of 2013, coming top among all UK-based firms for global, European and UK-related M&A.
City law firms have now officially put female career progression at the top of their to-do lists. Linklaters has become the latest firm to set targets for female representation at partnership level. Is this a sign of real change, or is it hot air?
The ACC’s chief legal strategist issues a rallying call for the rights of in-house lawyers
As the Government unveils a review of fraud and bribery authorities, now is not the time to lose sight of what really matters.
US firm Greenberg Traurig has hired Dentons’ global real estate co-head Eric Rosedale to fill a new management position in London.
Former News of the World (NotW) editor, DLA Piper client Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking charges while Rebekah Brooks, who was represented by Kingsley Napley partner Angus McBride, has been acquitted.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has advised UGL Group on the A$1.215bn (£672m) sale of DTZ, its property services business, to a consortium of TPG Asia, PAG Asia Capital and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (TPG and Partners).
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has named Hong Kong-based Julian Copeman as Greater China managing partner, a month after predecessor Justin D’Agostino’s appointment to global disputes head.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has named London-based partner Philip Carrington as EMEA disputes head, while in Paris Isabelle Michou becomes head of disputes.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) former advocacy head Murray Rosen QC is to join 4 New Square in September.
As London basks in Friday sunshine, the junior ranks of the magic circle are feeling even happier than the rest of the city’s workforce as the pay rises just keep on coming
The firm’s revenue is up 26 per cent and profit per equity partner up 46 per cent, but just what is the secret behind the massive growth at Osborne Clarke?
Banks seem to have woken up to the idea that litigators are better together and have been reorganising their legal teams accordingly.
Is Linklaters on the hunt for an alliance in China? Sources suggest the magic circle firm has been touting the market for a deal, but it's by no means done. Reporter Kate Beioley discusses the opportunities that lie ahead
Disaggregation and collaboration – two different models that have the same target of improving cost efficiencies.
Italian firm NCTM has increased its privacy, TMT and finance strength by merging with Rome firm Panetta & Associati.
Next week’s 20th anniversary edition of The Lawyer Awards really will be Absolutely Fabulous, with this year’s host revealed to be national treasure Joanna Lumley.
Nicky Richmond tries out the classics at J. Sheekey
Tokyo-based TMI Associates is planning to open an office in Silicon Valley in July, mainly targeting intellectual property related work.
Tokyo-based TMI Associates is to become the first Japanese firm to launch in Silicon Valley with an office opening planned in the global technology hub in July
Income at Manchester-based JMW Solicitors has risen by 14.6 per cent from £15m to £17.2m, with a 15.6 per cent rise in unaudited profits from £3.2m to £3.7m for the 2013/14 financial year.
The news that John Lewis has been ordered to pay damages to an individual who received marketing emails without having consented to receiving them is a stark reminder of the financial fallout that can result from a lack of due diligence in this area – something which law firms especially should not be falling foul of.
Last night RPC scooped the top gong at The Lawyer Awards, Law Firm of the Year. Here we revisit an interview with managing partner Jonathan Watmough in which he reflects on how the firm has shaken up its client list to generate growth
Kennedys has reported a 10 per cent increase in turnover to £128.5m for 2013/14 from £117m in 2012/13.
Kenya’s notoriously closed legal market is taking the first steps towards liberalisation with confirmation that a committee has been established to review its Advocates Act.
Kenyan firms Hamilton Harrison & Matthews (HHM) and Oraro & Company have announced they are to merge, pending regulatory approval.
The London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges has been the apple of many a US firm’s eye in the last 12 months
A ruling allowing McLaren to claim tax back on a £32m fine for spying on rival Ferrari has been overturned by the UK’s Upper Tax Tribunal.
Spies? Check. Race cars? Check. Millions of dollars? Check. HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) appeal against McLaren yesterday had more in common with a James Bond novel than an Upper Tier tax tribunal
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has been hit by the exit of a pair of heavyweight Hong Kong partners, Larry Kwok and Conrad Chan, who will leave the firm next week with a clutch of associates.
Law Society chief executive Des Hudson – who six months ago suffered a humiliating formal vote of no confidence – was awarded a 25 per cent pay rise last year, according to figures from the body’s annual report.
Apparently something is going on right now in Brazil. Yes, as you’re aware, the world’s top law firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Baker Botts and
Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) legal contractor Lawyers on Demand (LoD) has launched a Manchester hub as part of the firm’s move into the region.
After 16 years with no contested leadership election at Pinsent Masons the firm confirmed yesterday that incumbent senior partner Chris Mullen is being challenged by head of construction Richard Foley for the four-year term as senior partner beginning next month
Greedy corporate raiders, shareholder wrangling and bullyboy tactics - investor activism has long been seen as one of the more brutal parts of the corporate law landscape.
Kenya could be the next big target for international firms wanting to grow in Africa.
Linkaters has become the first magic circle firm to adopt gender diversity targets and is aiming for 30 per cent female membership on its executive committee and international board by 2018.
Global Law Office and Commerce & Finance may not be two names that you’re familiar with in the legal market. That could all be about to change
Lloyds Banking Group panel firms are gearing up for the second panel review in a year as the banks own-account roster goes up for grabs.
At times, it looked as if the UK’s public M&A market was about to triumphantly return to form in the first half of 2013. But the rush never quite materialised.
With only three weeks left until The Lawyer Awards, those shortlisted will surely be dusting off their tuxes and digging out best frocks in preparation
Just when you thought you’d caught up with all the changes afoot in the legal sector, the Big Four accountants go and chuck a curveball.
Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has led on the administration of Jane Norman after the firm’s client Edinburgh Woollen Mill bought the retailer out of administration in 2011.
A raft of firms including Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised on the IPO of discount store chain B&M - the biggest London listing of 2014 so far.
Despite Pfizer’s recent bid for Astra Zeneca ultimately falling flat, the pharma frenzy continues
Make it so: Sir Patrick Stewart to record personal voicemail message for winner of The Lawyer Awards prize draw
One phone will boldly go where no voicemail has gone before after The Lawyer Awards tonight, with a personal voicemail message from Sir Patrick Stewart among the raffle prizes up for grabs.
We’re coming out of the back room and helping to shape strategy, say our shortlisted lawyers for this year’s In-house Lawyer of the Year award.
Mishcon de Reya is gearing up for a move out of its Red Lion Square headquarters and up the road to the Grade II listed Africa House on London’s Kingsway.
No doubt there have been celebrations at Osborne Clarke over the past month - what with the firm opening in Amsterdam, its 18th office, average profit per equity partner soaring by
Government legal spend is high on the agenda, so it’s interesting to see the Ministry of Defence (MoD) – which increased its spend on external lawyers from £3m to £10m in 2012/13 - buck the cost-cutting trend by looking to expand its number of advisers
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is on the hunt for an expanded panel after turning its back on the idea of scrapping or reducing its dedicated roster.
Pinsent Masons’ senior partner Chris Mullen will face head of construction Richard Foley in the firm’s first senior partner election in six years, with a result expected in early July.
Nabarro senior partner and self-confessed “IT geek” Graham Stedman is heralding a major set of investments in technology ahead of the firm’s move to 125 London Wall this year.
Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed legacy Fulbright partner Lauren Leeker as its new global head of compliance, replacing London-based Jonathan Ody who stepped down from the role after nine years.
Norton Rose Fulbright has formally elected Linda Addison as its new US managing partner, replacing Kenneth Stewart who took a leave of absence in December 2013 for medical reasons.
Osborne Clarke’s Simon Beswick is set to step down from his UK managing partner role on 31 December 2014, as his third and final term in the position comes to a close.
The UK’ s water industry watchdog Ofwat has appointed former Ofgem legal director Elizabeth Hillman as its first general counsel following a management reshuffle.
The UK’s water industry watchdog Ofwat has been gasping for a general counsel since it started interviewing candidates in December
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has named a new general counsel for the first time in a decade following the retirement of current GC Michael Wholley.
Osborne Clarke has hired a team of four partners and three associates to kickstart its new Amsterdam office, which formally launched today (2 June).
Osborne Clarke advised headphone-maker and music platform Beats on its $3bn buyout by Apple, joining a raft of stateside firms on the huge tech transaction.
For any firm out there still under the misapprehension that it is the sole master of its destiny, here’s yet more evidence that the client is firmly in the driver’s seat
Stephenson Harwood grew its revenue by 8 per cent from £112.3m to £121m over the course of the 2013/14 financial year (15 July 2013).
Squire Sanders’ merger with Washington DC’s Patton Boggs was viewed by many as a rescue for the latter. European managing partner Peter Crossley reveals why the tie-up was necessary for his firm too.
Today’s news is dominated by the verdicts in the epic News International phone-hacking trial. And with eight silks drafted in by lawyers from DLA Piper, Kingsley Napley, HowardKennedyFsi and Simons Muirhead & Burton battling it out, today should also see some celebrations across ...
Portuguese firm PLMJ has picked up tax partner Miguel C. Reis from the Porto office of Iberian giant Garrigues.
Financial results are starting to pour in. It’s a mixed picture, but largely positive. Here are just some of the recent results stories we’ve run; for more, go to our dedicated financial news page.
The Qatari bid committee is understood to have turned to Schillings for advice following allegations of corruption during the World Cup bidding process.
DLA Piper, Lewis Silkin, Reed Smith and Shepherd & Wedderburn have deflated a probe into the artificial boosting of sports bra prices by the UK’s new competition watchdog.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and its client Samsung have been ordered to pay Apple and Nokia over $2m (£1.2m) in damages related to the leaking of confidential information.
The rivalries between smartphone giants Samsung, Apple and Nokia are well known but Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan was condemned for going too far this month.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to change theorist Richard Susskind for advice on its next panel process, which is expected to result in its adviser roster being reduced for a second time.
Reed Smith’s global managing partner Alexander “Sandy” Thomas has been re-elected following a contested election.
The 20th anniversary of The Lawyer Awards took London’s Grosvenor House Hotel by storm last night, with those attending being rewarded with the promise of a kiss by the evening’s host, Joanna Lumley
RPC took home the top prize at last night’s 20th anniversary edition of The Lawyer Awards, securing Law Firm of the Year for its “trailblazing” success.
Russia and South Korea are fascinating not just because they’re slugging it out in a packed stadium. Both jurisdictions create plenty of work for lawyers, so get a handle on the latest market news by reading our stories below.
Finance specialist Simon Thrower has become the latest partner to depart from Ashurst, taking up a new role in Simmons & Simmons’ financial markets team.
Over the past couple of weeks TV deals have played a starring role in the M&A market
Shepherd & Wedderburn’s chief executive Stephen Gibb has pledged to invest in internal training programmes after turnover at the firm rose 7 per cent in 2013/14.
After a couple of years of exits from its Frankfurt office, US firm Sidley Austin has decided to call it a day in Germany. The firm confirmed this week that it was shutting down in Frankfurt, a few months after launching a review of the ...
Sidley Austin is closing its Frankfurt office, its only base in Germany, following a spate of partner exits over the last two years.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Linklaters have scooped key roles advising on industrial conglomerate Mota-Engil Africa’s proposed IPO on the London Stock Exchange.
Slater & Gordon (S&G) has confirmed a UK management re-jig and taken on 105,000 sq ft of office space in Manchester.
Slaughter and May continues to advise more stock market clients than any other firm, with 119 currently on its books.
Slaughter and May corporate partner Nigel Boardman has won a lead role advising British Olympic Association chair Lord Moynihan on his private member’s bill, ‘The Governance of Sport’.
Once again, Slaughter and May has topped the charts in terms of the number of stock market clients on its books, according to the latest stats from Adviser Rankings
Utility company South Staffordshire is having a legal clear-out following the hire of a new general counsel in 2013
One of the key findings in this year’s The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 was that while international firms have been reassessing their positions in the Asia Pacific region, local firms have been going for growth
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is advertising for its first-ever general counsel in the wake of the appointment of Paul Philip as its chief executive.
Stephenson Harwood and Travers Smith took key roles on the launch and flotation of peer-to-peer (P2P) loans business P2P Global Investments (P2PGI) on the London Stock Exchange’s main market.
Poor work-life balance, long hours and lack of support from management are causing unprecedented amounts of stress in the legal profession, a Lawyer 2B survey has found.
What grinds your gears most in the office on a Monday morning? It’s well worth checking our survey of stress in law, to see if your issues chime with the leading causes of work-related stress in the legal profession
The majority of law firms have no stress management initiatives in place, a survey conducted by The Lawyer’s sister magazine Lawyer 2B has revealed.
US firms in London are far less encouraging of work-life balance than their UK peers, according to respondents of Lawyer 2B’s survey of stress in law survey.
The sun is out – sort of - and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associates are making hay. The magic circle trainee troupe will be kicking their heels in joy after their first salary boost in five years
Taylor Wessing and Eversheds have won roles advising on the IPO of IT services provider FDM Group, with the former gaining a new client following a competitive pitch process.
Taylor Wessing has promoted 12 lawyers to its partnership with the majority based in Germany in a reduced promotions round.
Last week in its promotions round Taylor Wessing once again favoured Germany – just as it had in 2012 and
Taylor Wessing has continued its international expansion with the launch of US offices in Palo Alto and New York.
Taylor Wessing has posted a 6.4 per cent rise in total turnover along with a 21 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2013/14 financial year.
Transport for London’s (TfL) in-house lawyers have launched a court action in the row between black cab and Uber taxi drivers.
We all know that the Big Four are eyeing the legal market again – and this time, they want to get it right. The question is, are law firms ready and able to defend their perch?
Fresh from its tripartite merger last year, and in the middle of the UK financial results season, Dentons has decided to launch a tirade at the way the media and analysts look at law firm financial reporting
What do you get when you put some of the UK’s finest in-house lawyers into one room? No, not a raging hangover (for those of you suffering from last night’s The Lawyer Awards). The Lawyer found the answer during its recent roundtable discussion with those on the shortlist of last night’s
What is the state of mind among foreign firms operating in China? What are their main concerns about the market and how are their Chinese counterparts faring?
Opening a low-cost support centre in the UK has now become the norm amongst larger firms. Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith Freehills have launched in Belfast, Ashurst in Glasgow and most recently Hogan Lovells in Birmingham. Where next – Cardiff, Newcastle, Dundee?
Want to know what the future looks like? Allow these market-leading KM experts to tell you all about robo-lawyers, the use of AI, and the on-going importance of the telephone directory.
Finance professionals are in the spotlight as The Lawyer Management asks: What’s a decent profit?
Carl Weston has been head of marketing at Derby firm Flint Bishop since 2006
Today we’re talking results. First up, there’s still time to enter this year’s The Lawyer Management awards – don’t miss out on the chance to win one of the year’s biggest prizes for operational excellence. This is every firm’s chance to acknowledge all the hard work being done by the members of their business support teams, which right now largely equates to finance professionals, if the plethora of financial results is anything to judge by.
A major copyright punch-up over Raging Bull in the US Supreme Court; Bitcoins and the best countries to spend them in; and Europe’s judges have some bad news for UK employers over holiday pay
Er…it’s the World Cup, just in case you hadn’t noticed – and we’ve got a legal angle about bleary-eyed employees; death and taxes are two certainties – we look at the former; and are the Chinese finally cracking down on trademark abuses?
Should Europeans be allowed the right to be forgotten? British newspapers don’t think so; plus, Australian businesses discriminating against pregnant women take a knock; and the London Court of International Arbitration rewrites its rulebook
Fifa may or may not be corrupt – but it certainly takes its intellectual property protection seriously; obesity – the new disability? And trustifiarians beware – the UK taxman is looking at the rules
A case involving accountancy that won’t trigger an instant coma – and has implications for lawyers; Canadian roughnecks fall foul of sanctions on Iran; and a tale of everyday country folk down under
Scottish law firms Thorntons, Murray Donald and Steel Eldridge Stewart are to merge later this year to create the largest law firm in eastern Scotland.
Dundee-headquartered Thorntons is on a mission to become the premier firm in the east of Scotland and has just sealed a double merger in Fife to help it on its way.
California’s Silicon Valley remains the Holy Grail for tech titans, for Tokyo’s rising number of start-ups as well as those on the West Coast. Which explains why this week, Tokyo’s TMI Associates has become the first Japanese firm to plant a base in Silicon Valley
Take a look at the most-read stories on TheLawyer.com this week and share your views
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Get your glad rags on and prepare to celebrate. The biggest night in the legal calendar is here: It’s The Lawyer Awards 2014, now in its twentieth year. Find out more about our finalists.
Is there any difference between Travers and Macfarlanes?
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) increased its revenue in 2013/14 by 14.6 per cent last year, resulting in a jump in revenue from £102.1m to £117m.
Weightmans has hired Edwards Wildman Palmer partner Francis Mackie in a bid to transform its insurance practice.
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The High Court was asked to decide last month who owns the copyright to No Woman, No Cry in a major battle for a piece of music that marks its 40th anniversary this year
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Next month will see the cream of the UK legal market music talent rock the Square Mile, as a mini Glastonbury come to Guildhall Yard in the raucous form of the City’s Got Talent.
As dealmakers across the country prepare to switch their due diligence boots for dancing shoes, it can only mean one thing - The Lawyer Awards 2014 are looming
Allen & Overy (A&O) put a Canada launch on the back burner in 2011, choosing instead to focus on Australia. A&O’s future Toronto head reveals what was behind the change of heart.
It’s kicking off online thanks to Mark Brandon’s Industry Leaders article. If you missed it, here are some of the highlights: London will fall to US firms, ABS is no big deal, Vereins have had it and the modern obsession with process is ...
It’s widely known in China that some big international names are seeking a local ally or potential merger partner. Linklaters is understood to be among them
WongPartnership has become the latest Singaporean firm to open an office in Myanmar, as the firm launches a regional strategy.
The UK’s biggest payday loans company, Wonga, is set to pay £2.6m compensation to about 45,000 customers after sending letters threatening legal action from non-existent law firms.
There’s a small matter of a football tournament beginning this week. Is your workplace prepared? Check out the following pieces by Allen & Overy, Eversheds, Gateley, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Shoosmiths to make sure you’re covered.