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All Class A and full-power television stations must comply with online political file requirements as of 1 July 2014 download
Class A and full-power television broadcasters in all markets must comply with the online retention of political programming materials as of 1 July 2014.
Dacheng has advised Liaoning WellhopeAgri-Tech on approval for a planned IPO, which was approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
An employer’s assertion that ‘everyone just knew’ the safety rules was not a defence to charges under the OHSA, an Ontario court has held.
In Petrella v MGM, the Supreme Court holds that laches cannot bar claims for damages for copyright infringement brought during the three-year limitations period.
For all but contracts of adhesion, no clause need be accepted as is.
Solicitor Robert Flint from Winckworth Sherwood has been shortlisted for 24 Housing’s Young Leaders Award 2014.
The Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of the High Court relating to the refund of rents for a period after a break option has been exercised.
On 21 May 2014 the European Commission adopted key measures as part of its State Aid Modernisation programme.
A call for common sense: there are some fundamental concerns about the operation of new tax regime for LLPs download
The new regime for taxing members of LLPs is now in force. LLP members are now taxed as employees unless they can establish that they are ‘true partners’.
Anthony Thompson reviews the Budget measures and outlines the proposals for the taxation of gains made by non-residents disposing of UK residential property.
A day out with the Charity Tax Group download
Withers’ Graham Elliott discusses the points he found most interesting from this year’s Charity Tax Group annual meeting.
A deed is a legal contract. It must be in writing; be clear on the face that it is intended to be a deed; be validly executed and witnessed; and be delivered.
The CRC is a mandatory emissions trading scheme administered by the Environment Agency.
On 28 November 2013, the European Commission announced a proposal for a directive on trade secrets and confidential information.
A recent case offers a sobering lesson for local planning authorities on the need to consider all of the fallback options before issuing an enforcement notice.
The Royal Court of Guernsey was asked to consider the circumstances in which trustees could be personally liable to repay loans obtained in their capacity as a trustee.
A sole director may resign from office even if his or her action will leave the company with no directors.
Boilerplate clauses are the trusty backbone of a contract: they comprise those reliable, operative terms that appear in most commercial contracts.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced that John Joyce has been elected managing partner for a term of three years, which took effect from 16 May 2014.
Addleshaw Goddard has retained its position as a core provider of legal services to FTSE 100 client Sainsbury’s.
Adjudicator’s award was shaming of union officials for ‘ongoing campaign’, harassment of member download
A union member has won a legal battle against local union officials after they engaged in a ‘campaign’ against him that attacked his credibility.
Squatting in residential premises has been a criminal offence since September 2012. However, this month, a case has considered this in relation to the law of adverse possession.
The AEMC has released a consultation paper on a proposed rule change to the good-faith rebidding provisions in the National Electricity Rules.
The EAT has found that while age discriminatory comments had been made to a former employee, these had not formed a material part of the employee’s constructive dismissal.
Allen & Overy has acted for the lenders consortium in a project to develop a 600MW offshore wind farm.
Allen & Overy has advised ANOA Capital, quirin bank and Close Brothers Seydler Bank in connection with the issue of four series of bonds by Air Berlin.
Allen & Overy has advised ICBC on its proposed acquisition of 75.5 per cent of the issued share capital of Tekstil Bankasi (Tekstilbank) from GSD Holding.
Allen & Overy has advised Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV, as issuer, and Bharti Airtel Ltd, as guarantor, on a dual-currency international bond issue.
Allen & Overy is advising Eni SpA on the sale of Eni’s stake in the Czech Republic’s sole refinery, Ceská rafinérská, to Hungarian oil and gas group MOL.
Allen & Overy has promoted 26 lawyers to counsel and PSL counsel.
Allen & Overy has announced the hiring of Attila K Csongrady as counsel to join the firm’s CEE English law banking and finance practice.
Allen & Overy has announced that John Roberti has joined the firm’s global antitrust practice as a partner in the Washington DC office.
Allen & Overy has been named Netherlands Law Firm of the Year by Chambers. It was also ranked in the highest category for 13 practice areas.
Allen & Overy has been named the De-risking Consultant of the Year at the FT Pension and Investment Provider Awards 2014.
Allen & Overy is to host a seminar in which Charles Honée and Gerbrand Visser will discuss this year’s most important developments in corporate governance.
Allen & Overy has announced its ASEAN sixth office in Yangon, Myanmar. This latest opening takes the firm’s office count to 12 in the Asia-Pacific.
Allen & Overy has launched its new Alumni Network website in order to keep touch with its alumni.
Allen & Overy has been presented with the 2013 Deal of the Year award by the US Ex-Im Bank at the bank’s 39th Annual Conference.
Amendments to the listing rules: relationship agreements and appointing independent directors download
One of the overriding themes of the amendments is the corporate governance standards to be applied to companies with a premium listing who have a controlling shareholder.
Where the conditions are satisfied, the house builder can sell housing developments to RSLs that have progressed beyond the golden brick stage.
And so it begins — first parts of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 coming into force on 13 May 2014 download
Provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 are being brought into force in stages by way of ‘Commencement Orders’.
Schoenherr has announced the appointment of Anne-Karin Grill as counsel.
This Broadcast Station Advisory highlights the upcoming deadlines for compliance with the FCC’s EEO Rule.
Peter Hubbard, who on 1 May took over as the new senior partner of Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS), has described his vision for the future.
Apportionment of rent and break clauses: Court of Appeal reverses first-instance decision in BNP Paribas v M&S download
The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd (and Another) v Marks and Spencer plc.
Are your helpline charges lawful? download
From 13 June 2014, all businesses that operate helplines need to check that they are lawful.
Arendt & Medernach has been named Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014 ceremony.
Pillsbury has welcomed Armando Castro as a partner in the firm’s Corporate & Securities — Technology practice in Silicon Valley.
As Guardian Care Homes and Barclays Bank settle their dispute, those in finance are left seeking clarification download
The outcome of the Guardian Care Homes case against Barclays Bank was eagerly awaited by many in finance.
ATHEX: the place of opportunities download
Athens Exchange (ATHEX) is the only official market for shares, derivatives, products and bonds trading in Greece, both for private and institutional investors.
Australia’s answer to FATCA is here download
Australia has entered into an agreement with the US to improve international tax compliance and implement the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
Australian Budget 2014–15 download
The Australian coalition government has presented the 2014–15 Federal Budget, which includes changes to personal tax rates and the fuel excise rules.
In a case concerning whistleblowing, the Supreme Court has ruled that a member of an LLP can be a worker for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
The Pensions Regulator has issued its first report naming (and gently shaming) an employer that failed to comply with its automatic enrolment obligations.
Avoid potential FCA fines: ensure proper anti-bribery and corruption systems and controls are in place download
The FCA has fined Besso for failing to have proper controls in place to counter the risk that commissions it shared with third parties could be used for corrupt purposes.
Avon and Somerset Police’s legal team has selected specialist case management software from Iken to replace their existing legacy system.
The result in Bakorp is a reminder to large corporations and their advisers of the need for careful consideration of the issues and relief sought in objections and appeals.
Managing conflicting beliefs, in particular religious beliefs, is an increasingly tricky area for employers.
This article examines the current position on UK bankers’ pay, the consultation on clawback provisions and the UK government’s challenge to the remuneration provisions.
Khaitan & Co represents banks and borrowers alike. We have substantial experience in advising on financing transactions across all forms of end use.
No5 Chambers barrister S Chelvan has provided training across Europe on his DSSH (difference, stigma, shame and harm) model for credibility assessment in LGBTI asylum claims.
Poor care, unanswered requests for help, enforced incontinence and basic neglect are unfortunately all too common in the care of elderly people.
BDK Advokati/Attorneys at Law has advised private equity fund Blue Sea Capital on its acquisition of Milos Klinika.
BDK has formed an emergency rapid response team following the devastating floods that hit Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Be Global is DLA Piper’s snapshot of key global employment law developments designed to help you identify legal hotspots across your global operations.
Often you will hear lawyers negotiating agreements and discussing whether or not to accept a ‘reasonable endeavours’ provision that has been added by the other party’s solicitor.
In a judgment dated 8 May 2014, the Belgian Constitutional Court has decided to annul articles 4.8.4 and 4.8.28 §2 of the Flemish Urban Planning Code.
Bermuda public companies update download
This briefing provides an overview of significant transactions involving Bermuda companies listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ for Q4 2013 and Q1 2014.
Biennial ownership reports are due by 2 June 2014 for certain US non-commercial radio and television stations download
The staggered deadlines for filing biennial ownership reports by non-commercial radio and television stations remain in effect.
The Manitoba government has proposed substantial increases to fines under the Manitoba Workers Compensation Act.
Binder Grösswang has advised the Pöll family on the sale of Salzburg Schokolade to Philipp Harmer Beteiligungs and Christian Schügerl.
Tax authorities around the world continue to wrestle with issues arising from the use and sale of bitcoin currency.
The Indian government is in the process of revising, simplifying and consolidating the structure of direct tax laws in India by proposing the Direct Taxes Code.
In M&S v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company, the Court of Appeal has given its judgment in the last of a series of significant break option cases.
Bristows associates Dominic Adair, Jeremy Blum and Adrian Sim have been promoted to the partnership.
DLA Piper has been recognised by the BTI Consulting Group in its newly published 2014 BTI Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms.
In order to be authorised under the Finance Act 2004, a pension must be secured not more than six months after the payment of any related lump sum.
National chair of professional practices group
In recent years, maintained schools have been given more control over their own budget.
Can a Royal Court blessing be given to a momentous decision by directors of an underlying company to a trust? download
It is helpful for trustees to know that where they provide directors to a company underlying a trust, they can still get the protection of the court where a momentous decision is to be made.
Can an ET insist expert medical evidence is provided about an alleged disability and the employer should bear the cost of obtaining it? download
The EAT has overturned an tribunal’s decision that a claimant’s disability status could not be resolved without expert medical evidence being obtained.
The new Procurement Strategy will overhaul Canada’s IRB Policy in an effort to better leverage military procurements to provide economic benefits to industry.
Every month, Stephenson Harwood will bring you news of developments in tax and private client law that will be of interest to high-net-worth individuals and their advisers.
Our capital markets clients instruct us for a whole host of domestic and international fundraising.
The Audit Commission has claimed that fraud in the care system has almost doubled in a year as middle-class families attempt to hide their assets from HMRC.
Jan Golaszewski has joined Carey Olsen’s Cayman Islands office as counsel in the dispute resolution and litigation department.
Jersey employment professionals had the opportunity to discuss honesty and integrity in the context of the workplace at a recent Carey Olsen conference.
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This case arose out of the divorce proceedings between Mrs Tchenguiz-Imerman and Mr Imerman.
Three recent cases have revealed the cost consequences for pension schemes following failed and flawed attempts to change member benefits.
The English courts have again considered the weight that should be given to a nuptial agreement when exercising its discretion under section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.
The Royal Court in Jersey has ruled that a private trust company seeking to bring claims for breach of trust could not benefit from empêchement d’agir.
Causation in whistleblowing download
The EAT has determined whether the person who subjected the claimant to a detriment has to have knowledge of the protected act for a whistleblowing claim to succeed.
The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Law 2014 was published in the Cayman Islands Gazette on 21 May 2014 and comes into force with immediate effect.
If an individual carries out building operations or a material change of use without planning permission, the local authority may serve an enforcement notice.
Pillsbury has announced that for 2014, Chambers USA has ranked 86 individual Pillsbury lawyers, with 12 partners recognised in two or more categories for a total of 98 individual lawyer rankings.
Changes to civil procedure download
On 22 April 2014, many changes to both civil procedure and the County Court system came into force.
The government has made a number of changes to enforcement via High Court enforcement officers. The major changes are covered within this article.
The Home Building Amendment Bill 2014 (NSW) ensures increased levels of consumer protection and facilitates builders in completing their work.
The government has introduced an order changing the requirements for checking the right to work of current and prospective employees.
Changes to both TUPE and employment tribunal procedures have recently come into force.
The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of HHJ Birss QC in the Patents County Court (now the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) finding that the appellant’s patent.
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Mourant Ozannes has announced that Christopher Harlowe has joined the firm as a partner in the Cayman Islands litigation and insolvency practice.
Winckworth Sherwood has announced that tax partner Simon Newsham has been elected to the London branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).
Circuit split in summons procedures download
As part of the examination process, the IRS has wide latitude to obtain documents, records or other information from a taxpayer.
This report was commissioned by the ACPO Child Protection and Abuse Investigation Working Group.
Shearman & Sterling is making its presence felt in the City, squaring up to magic circle firms and looking to muscle in on key relationships. Private equity house Bridgepoint is one outfit that has had its head turned by the US firm.
Unlike the affable Sgt Schultz, lawyers don’t always have the option of turning a blind eye to the misconduct of others.
The Competition and Markets Authority has published its final report on the merger between Breedon Aggregates and Aggregate Industries.
Collateral warranties or third-party rights are required on construction projects for three main reasons.
Collyer Bristow has hired partner Robin Henry to its financial disputes group. Henry advises on structured finance and distressed debt strategies.
Collyer Bristow took part in the 10km London Legal Walk on 19 May.
Collyer Bristow’s financial disputes lawyer Janine Alexander has been quoted in The Times.
Collyer Bristow corporate law partner Nick Gould has spoken at the Cabinet Office on the subject ‘Good/bad law — a cry for common sense’.
Collyer Bristow trainee Robert Andrews and Alex Just, a pupil barrister at Old Square Chambers, engaged in a ‘life swap’ in March, which was featured in The Times.
Commission unveils guidance for groundwater and soil protection measures to be taken by operators of IPPC installations download
The Industrial Emissions Directive, adopted in 2010, introduced more stringent measures for the protection of soil and groundwater.
In two cases, the ECJ considered that commissioning mothers who receive a child via surrogacy were not entitled to maternity leave under the Pregnant Workers Directive.
Communication and reputation on the web: social networks have ultimately become the ‘viral’ environment for online defamation download
diaThe Supreme Court has attempted to dissolve the initial ‘aura’ of mystery and newness associated to the new Facebook instrument and to its typical functions.
The changes are expected to be of considerable interest to those who use, or in the future will use, Jersey companies in their structures.
The government is pressing ahead with its proposals for a central registry of company beneficial ownership information.
There are groups who appear to consider the compensation principle is being exploited, to the extent that Britain has a ‘compensation culture’.
A teenager who has suffered severe brain damage as a result of her mother drinking alcohol while she was in the womb has been awarded £500,000 in criminal injuries compensation.
Competition News May 2014: European Parliament adopts directive strengthening private enforcement; and more download
Dentons has released the May 2014 issue of its Competition News publication.
Khaitan & Co’s services include typical antitrust matters such as anti-competitive arrangements, cartels, dominance investigations and so on.
Complete revision of the Kremer-Lebbe book on collective investment schemes under Luxembourg law download
The Luxembourg financial centre is the second largest in the world for investment funds in terms of assets managed.
The EAT has heard the second appeal in Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes. The case focuses on the issue of justifying a compulsory retirement age.
The UK government has published its response to a consultation on the future management of the compulsory stocking obligation in the UK.
Confirmation that money purchase pension arrangement can be VAT exempt may put further pressure on the UK government download
On 13 March 2014, the CJEU confirmed its decision in the case of ATP Pension Services A/S v Skatteministeriet.
Conscious uncouplings — the importance of documenting that client representation has concluded download
There are a host of reasons to clearly document that the representation of a client — even on just a specific matter — has concluded.
Eversheds construction expert Michael Conroy Harris has commented on news that dispute costs in the construction industry have risen.
Adjudication is now a well-established method of resolving disputes in the construction field in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
The FIDIC Conditions require the contractor to give notice of a claim for extension of time not later than 28 days after the contractor became aware of the event or circumstances giving rise to the claim.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided advice to Adenium Capital on a $26m solar investment by Adenium and Bright Group Investments in Jordan.
Conyers has advised AerCap Holdings in connection with the sale by AerCap International Bermuda of the class A common shares in GFL to GFL Holdings.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands legal advice to Agile Property Holdings on a $475m (£280m) bridging loan.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided legal advice to Agile Property Holdings in connection with the restructuring of its financing and security arrangements.
Conyers has provided BVI legal advice to Credit Suisse in connection with a long-term senior credit and guarantee agreement to Canacol Energy.
Conyers has provided Bermuda legal advice to HKT on the $2,425m financing and security in respect of its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of CSL.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Al Khabeer Capital on the formation and launch of the Alkhabeer US Real Estate Income Fund.
Conyers has provided Bermuda legal advice to The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of the Industrial Packaging Group from Illinois Tool Works for $3.2bn.
Conyers has provided BVI and Cayman legal advice to iKang Healthcare Group on BVI selling shareholders in connection with a $150m initial public offering.
Conyers has advised Stonegate Pub Company on the issue of £400m senior secured notes due 2019 and its entry into a new £25m revolving credit facility.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 edition of the Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa directory.
Conyers has provided Cayman law advice to Lombard Medical on its $55m US IPO and the listing of the company’s ordinary shares.
A lot of the debate about copyright has become polarised. It’s bad guy, good guy.
Petitioners have complained about the illicit use of works on the website www.cineblog-01.net.
Jokes about Cornish pasties, tin mines and cream teas could soon be on the wrong side of the law.
Corporate Finance News — April 2014: FCA’s listing rules; abolition of stamp duty; merger control reforms; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the April edition of its Corporate Finance News publication.
The corporate team at Walker Morris has advised nominated adviser and broker Westhouse Securities in relation to Sprue Aegis’s admission to AIM.
This practice area has two broad verticals: advisory and transactional.
Could one of our big agencies, such as the Australian Taxation Office or the Department of Social Services, be liable for security breaches?
Court fees cost how much? download
On 22 April 2014, court fees payable in civil proceedings (that’s all construction claims too) increased.
The claimant made an application for an order that the inquest verdict on the death of his step-daughter be quashed and that a fresh coroner’s investigation be held.
The Central London County Court has ruled that a permitted use restriction in a lease is anti-competitive and unenforceable.
The latest changes to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme came into effect on 1 April 2014.
On 1 April 2014, amendments to the Contributions Act increasing the general rate for health insurance contributions from 13 per cent to 15 per cent came into force.
In this issue of Vox Tax, Dentons analyses the recent wave of information sharing among national tax authorities.
If your company has a CSOP, SAYE or SIP share scheme approved by HMRC, you must take action now to notify HMRC even though it is already approved by HMRC.
RISE Sheffield is a city-wide initiative designed to increase graduate employment in the private sector.
Customs compliance download
Companies may face new and increasing customs risks, often involving the failure to comply with customs law.
In this publication, DLA Piper looks at some of the risks for directors around data breach incidents.
Pillsbury has announced the appointment of Brian E Finch, a leading authority in cyber security, as a partner in the public practices section in Washington DC.
On 14 April 2014, Beijing Huarui He’an Technology Company, advised by Dacheng, was successfully launched on the NEEQ system.
Attorneys from Dacheng’s Zhoushan office have advised Zhejiang Hailisheng Biotechnology Co on its new third board listing.
Dacheng has advised JD Capital Co on its was successful launch on the National Equities Exchange and Quotations on 23 April.
Dacheng has advised Shenzhen Gaoshanshui Landscape Co on its successful launch on the National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ).
On 29 April 2014, Zhengzhou Chunquan Energy Saving Co was successfully launched on the National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ) system.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has officially appointed Dacheng senior partner Liu Chi as arbitrator for a temporary court to be established by CAS in Incheon.
On 29 April, the government of Futian District, Shenzhen, called a meeting of members of a newly established advisory and review committee in support of reform.
Dacheng has advised Guangdong Guangzhou Daily Media Co on its proposed takeover of Shanghai Advision Media Co via payment of cash and stock issue.
Dacheng members have been appointed the heads of committees at the eighth council meeting of Jiangsu Lawyers Association.
Dacheng has co-hosted the 2014 Asia Pacific Regional Meeting with the World Services Group. Dacheng’s Shanghai office acted as the meeting organiser.
CSRC has granted approval to China World Trade Center Co for a public offering of corporate bonds. The approval was obtained under the guidance of Dacheng.
Dacheng has advised Zhongao Holdings on its approval from NAFMII for the registration of RMB1bn worth of commercial papers and private placement notes.
The Peking University Law School Experimental Education Base and the Peking University Clinical Program at Dacheng have been launched.
A team led by Dacheng partner Yin Xiuchao is to act as standing legal counsel for Cross-Strait China Culture Communication Foundation.
Dacheng senior partner Zhang Lei has been elected deputy head of the Economic Law Committee of All China Lawyers Association (ACLA).
Dacheng’s Yu Hui discussed the latest ruling regarding a VAM arrangement case at the recent China Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCPEA) conference.
Dacheng senior partners Ping Yunwang and Zhang Lei and partner Liu Tao have advised Chengtun Mining on a private placement.
Yang Shuwen and Jia Xinhui from Dacheng’s Urumqi office have been retained as standing legal counsel for Xinjiang Equity Exchange.
Dacheng Shanghai-based senior partner Qu Feng has been officially appointed to an advisory team specially designed for futures legislation.
On 1 May, Dacheng senior partner Li Zhi was appointed as an arbitrator by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).
A team led by Dacheng senior partner Liu Chi has been retained by Hunan Broadcasting System (HBS) to act as standing legal counsel on various matters.
Dacheng senior partner Yu Hui has won a lawsuit on behalf of Fuhui Fund, an investor in a valuation adjustment mechanical (VAM) arrangement.
On 6 May 2014, Peng Xuefeng, chairman of Dacheng, attended the 10th bi-weekly symposium of the 12th CPPCC upon invitation and delivered a keynote speech.
DLA Piper’s Kristin Franceschi has been named as one of ‘Maryland’s Top 100 Women’ by The Daily Record.
Data & Information E-Alerts — 16 May 2014: protecting personal data; CESG cloud security guidance; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the 16 May 2014 issue of its Data & Information E-Alerts publication.
In a strong endorsement of the European Commission’s data protection reforms, the European Parliament has voted heavily in favour of the new Data Protection Directive.
Where a taxpayer receives an inflated donation receipt, may the taxpayer claim a charitable donation credit for the cash amount of the gift? In David, the answer is yes.
Deadline for providing ELI increases from 14 to 28 days for TUPE transfers taking place on or after 1 May 2014 download
The increase to the deadline for providing employee liability information (ELI) from 14 days to 28 days had a delayed implementation date.
The House of Representatives in Italy has passed a new decree that will reform some of the regulations currently governing the Italian labour market.
The Budget Control Act, sequestration and the drawdown of US troops in conflict areas around the globe have resulted in a fairly cautious defence industry M&A market.
Delaware Supreme Court upholds fee-shifting provision in company bylaw, signifying a future sea change in corporate litigation download
The Delaware Supreme Court has held that a corporate bylaw that requires a losing claimant to pay the legal fees and expenses of the defendants is not invalid per se.
Delhi High Court upholds Centrica ruling: employee secondment may trigger permanent establishment download
Multinationals with operations in India should take note of the Delhi High Court’s recently decision in Centrica India Offshore Pvt.
The government has published a new demolition direction, which confirms that permission is only required for the demolition of buildings larger than 50m³ GEA.
Dentons Budapest Newsletter — rules pertaining to contracts in the new Hungarian Civil Code: part II download
Dentons outlines certain rules of the new Civil Code, i.e. Act V of 2013, regarding the law of obligations that affects the rules pertaining to contracts.
Dentons is a Silver Sponsor in support of trade between North America’s coal producers and Asia’s buyers at the second Coaltrans West Coast conference in Vancouver.
Dentons has acted for Sainsbury’s in defending a judicial review seeking to challenge planning permission for the supermarket’s new store in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.
Dentons’ Kansas City office will host a briefing on bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the US and the Republic of Macedonia.
The DHS has announced a proposed rule to attract high-skilled foreign workers by allowing spouses of certain H-1B holders to also be eligible to work in the US.
An employee who lied to and misled her employer about her ability to perform her work as a reporter was fired for just cause, and arbitrator has held.
The Federal Court of Appeal has confirmed that the ground of discrimination due to family status under the Canadian Human Rights Act includes parental obligations which engage a parent’s legal responsibility for a child, such as childcare obligations.
The EAT has confirmed that dismissal arising out of absences for post-natal depression after maternity leave had come to an end did not constitute discrimination.
Dispute resolution is an integral part of Khaitan & Co’s full-service offering.
The words ‘diversity’ and ‘CSR’ appear on the majority of law firm websites. But what do firms actually mean by these terms and how important are they?
DLA Piper’s restructuring team has acted for Edinburgh businesswoman Ann Budge on her takeover of Hearts of Midlothian.
DLA Piper has advised Transfield Services on a major global refinancing.
DLA Piper has advised EVRAZ on the auction sale of its wholly owned Czech subsidiary EVRAZ Vitkovice Steel to a consortium of private investors for $287m.
DLA Piper has advised Integrated Dental Holdings on the acquisition of the Dental Directory group of businesses.
DLA Piper has advised Nam Kwong Group Company on the acquisition of a 90 per cent interest in Sino-French Energy Development Company (SFED).
DLA Piper has acted for the Nuevo Metro de Lima consortium on its winning bid for the $5bn Lima Metro Line 2 project in Peru.
DLA Piper has advised Rizhao Port Group on the listing of its credit-enhanced bonds and China Agri-Products Exchange on its medium-term note programme.
DLA Piper has advised shareholders on the equity investment by Equistone to establish a new company, Performance Interactive Alliance for Digital Marketing.
DLA Piper has advised Tilad on the acquisition of an office complex in Berlin from Société Générale Immobel SA.
DLA Piper has announced that 45 lawyers have been promoted to the partnership. The promotions were made across various practice areas throughout 12 countries.
DLA Piper has announced the addition of Julia Gorham as head of the Asia employment practice. She joins as a partner from JP Morgan.
DLA Piper has appointed Tim Wright as a partner in its corporate group. He will join the firm from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin.
DLA Piper has been recognised as one of the most active law firms in patent disputes, according to the 2013 Patent Litigation Year in Review published by Lex Machina.
DLA Piper has launched the Rapid Response app, designed to complement the Rapid Response service that helps individuals prepare for and deal with crisis situations.
DLA Piper was recognised as one of the most active law firms in terms of venture capital deal volume in the first quarter of 2014, according to PitchBook.
DLA Piper has represented Columbia Property Trust in its purchase of an office tower in downtown San Francisco for $228.8m from Beacon Capital Partners.
DLA Piper has been named European Tax Disputes Team of the Year and US Tax Firm of the Year in Europe at the International Tax Review Awards 2014.
Case C-574/12 Centro Hospitalar v Eurest Portugal was a case referred to the ECJ by the Portuguese court.
If your pension scheme has individual trustees, have you considered the benefits of establishing a company to act as trustee of the scheme?
Earl Pinnock of No5 Chambers has defended Ahmed Al-Sharif, a prisoner at HMP Birmingham who attacked three officers with parts of a broken TV screen.
Early conciliation has been available to claimants since 6 April 2014 but will be mandatory in respect of claims presented on or after 6 May 2014.
Earning commission while on holiday download
If a worker is paid commission calculated on the basis of the sales that they make, that commission must also be included in the calculation of holiday pay.
The Court of Appeal has held that the owner of a building plot should be granted an implied easement by common intention to lay mains utilities in the seller’s adjoining land.
EAT confirms that restricting occupational pension scheme benefits for civil partners is not contrary to European legislation download
A case was brought by a civil partner against his pension scheme on the basis it was not providing benefits in respect of his civil partner on an equal footing to those in an opposite-sex marriage.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has offered guidance on how employment tribunals should approach whistleblowing claims.
ECJ confirms that commissioning mothers under surrogacy arrangements are not entitled to maternity leave download
The ECJ has held that a woman who becomes a mother by way of a surrogacy arrangement does not have the right to maternity leave under the Pregnant Workers Directive.
Khaitan & Co specialises in environment-related litigation and dispute resolution, environmental audit, compliance and regulatory analysis/interpretation.
Education Update — May 2014: should sessional teachers or tutors be employed or self-employed? download
Recent discussions with clients make it clear that the industry practice for tutors varies, and that some clients employ tutors while others wish to keep them as self-employed.
Education Update — May 2014: when joint ventures go wrong — disputes with other education providers download
Joint ventures between higher education institutions have become increasingly common. But what should you do when things don’t go according to plan?
Opinion on the use of zero-hours contracts is mixed, but they are prevalent in the higher and further education sectors.
EIA changes are welcome… in part download
Some of the changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regime, which look likely to come into effect in the UK in 2016, are welcome.
Emma Edhem has been received by the prime minister, deputy prime minister, speaker of the house, foreign minister and chief negotiator of the TRNC.
Covert recordings of disciplinary and grievance hearings were admissible into evidence at a tribunal hearing.
ACAS early conciliation is the scheme under which prospective claimants must contact ACAS before they can bring an employment tribunal claim.
The decision in RMT v United Kingdom is clearly welcome news for employers with unionised workforces.
On 10 March 2014, some rehabilitation periods for convictions were reduced.
HMRC has revealed some of the more unusual reasons given by employers for not paying the legal wage.
According to recent research, a growing number of the UK workforce is now aged 65 and over; the figure is twice as many as in 1992.
The government’s quarterly employment tribunal statistics for October to December 2013 show a drop in claims of 79 per cent compared with the same period last year.
It has never been more important for employers to ensure that frontline managers are adequately trained to respond appropriately to workplace bullying complaints.
Employment update: paid parental leave — government confirms commitment to PPL changes from 1 July 2015 download
On 13 May 2014 the federal government confirmed its election promise made in May 2013 to introduce a new paid parental leave (PPL) scheme from 1 July 2015.
For the first time in 15 years, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) is overhauling its rules for arbitration.
The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 tidy up the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012.
In Peacock Stores v Peregrine, the Employment Appeal Tribunal found that three employees were contractually entitled to enhanced redundancy payments.
Building reputation resilience into any brand requires an ongoing assessment that helps to identify the current and emerging risks.
ERGO Perspective: HMA dispute resolution in India; indemnities in cross-border M&A transactions; and more download
The current difficult operating environment in India is straining owner/operator relationships and is conducive of disputes.
ESDC minister Jason Kenny announces moratorium on Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program download
Minister Jason Kenny has announced an immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
ESDC minister Kenny announces moratorium on the food services sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program download
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will not process any new or pending LMO applications related to the food services sector.
Khaitan & Co assists clients in tax-efficient wealth management and estate planning and also efficient business succession planning.
The ECJ has ruled that search engines need to remove the link between search results and a webpage if it contains information the individual deems should be ‘forgotten’.
This briefing looks at current data privacy laws and best practice in the UK in relation to data security.
This week in its series of ‘back to privacy basics’, Dentons looks at the issue of international transfers of personal data.
As the next in its series of ‘back to privacy basics’, Dentons looks at the rules regarding privacy governance.
European Court of Justice judgment on the exemption of foreign investment funds from CIT in Poland download
The ECJ has issued a judgment concerning the authority of Poland to grant a corporate income tax exemption to investment funds depending on where their registered offices are located.
Eversheds has advised Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council on the variation of their £926m waste PPP.
Eversheds has advised Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management on the financing for the £43m acquisition of 1 Queen Anne’s Gate Buildings in London.
Eversheds has advised Petrojetty Company on a PPP concession for the development and operation of a petroleum jetty in Sierra Leone.
Swedish telecoms operator TeliaSonera has invested in audio fashion house Zound Industries — which was advised by Eversheds’ Swedish office.
Eversheds’ Alison Oldfield has commented on judges rejecting an attempt by distant relatives of Richard III to force a public consultation over where he should be buried.
Michael Conroy Harris from Eversheds has commented on the potential for a new English school-building programme.
There are two key issues to the Tesco/CRE deal, according to Eversheds.
Eversheds has commented on the UK government’s proposed simplification of underground access for shale gas.
Eversheds hosted the recent Dublin Chamber of Commerce Leadership Series at its offices at Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin.
Eversheds Nicea’s Crisanto Perez-Abad has given a presentation on the latest issues concerning article 1 of the Spanish Competition Act 15/2007.
Eversheds partner Grégoire Mangeat has been elected as vice-chairman of the Geneva Bar Association
Almost all prospective claimants will now have to contact ACAS to give them their name and address before they are able to bring a complaint to an employment tribunal.
Eversheds has announced the promotion of 21 lawyers from around its international operations to the firm’s partnership.
Eversheds Saladžius, in co-operation with Eversheds Bitans and Eversheds Ots & Co, is organising the Baltic International Arbitration Conference.
Eversheds Saladžius has become a legal partner of the International Women’s Association of Vilnius (IWAV).
Eversheds construction expert Michael Conroy-Harris has commented on the news that the UK government is set to reduce support for Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Eversheds is supporting the European Business Angel Congress 2014, and will also be attending the conference to discuss insights on the Irish start-up and entrepreneurial market.
Eversheds has won the Clean Energy Project of the Year 2013–14 award for its role in advising on Sierra Leone’s first independent power project.
Eversheds has been named Property Law Team of the Year and Commercial Law Team of the Year at the Irish Law Awards 2014.
According to recent media reports, retailers have been selling meat which satisfies halal requirements but is not clearly described as ‘halal’.
The recent decision of the High Court in Gleeds is an example of the consequences of the failure to follow the correct formalities for the execution deeds.
Explore is DLA Piper’s magazine for the mining sector, which provides a selection of insights from the global mining team.
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Counsel has handed down its decision in the trial of certain preliminary issues in Fairfield Sentry Ltd (in Liquidation) v Migani and Others.
Schillings’ family practice specialises in using litigation, mediation and negotiation to solve a broad range of family issues.
Family law revolution download
22 April 2014 marked ‘the largest reform of the family justice system any of us have seen or will see in our professional lifetimes’, according to the president of the Family Division.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a policy statement containing its final rule changes on the use of dealing commission.
FCC Enforcement Monitor — FCC Proposes fines for contest violations; fine for unlicensed operation and interference; and more download
Pillsbury has released its FCC Enforcement Monitor for April 2014.
Pillsbury has published its FCC Enforcement Monitor for May 2014.
The Consolidated FDI Policy was released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on 17 April 2013.
The Federal Circuit Court has found that a portrait photography business constructively dismissed an employee, Ms Sagona, for reasons including her pregnancy.
Think about engineering projects you have worked on that have ended badly. One reason for this may have been that the contract used the wrong words.
Many businesses have already started marketing campaigns that seek to piggy-back off the buzz of the World Cup. However, such campaigns should proceed with caution.
Eversheds’ Andrew Henderson says the final word on banking conducts remains with the FCA and the PRA, despite the launch of the UK Banking Standards Council.
Unless it would be obviously apparent that a guarantor lacked mental capacity when entering into a guarantee, the guarantee is binding.
Finance litigation briefing — May 2014: credit agreement conditional upon survival of supply agreement download
In Durkin v DSG Retail Ltd, Durkin entered into a debtor-creditor-supplier agreement to fund the purchase of a computer.
Failing to mention the cost of PPI is a breach of the obligation to communicate with borrowers in a fair, clear and non-misleading way.
In In the matter of Black Ant Co Ltd (in Administration), two charge holders had advanced loans to two companies, which went into administration.
Financial regulatory developments: Council adopts MiFID 2; ESMA proposes to ease frontloading burden; and more download
Dentons has released the latest edition of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced that it has hired financial services expert and partner Fiona Ghosh from Eversheds.
First Mistake Case Post Trust Law Amendment No: 6 — In the matter of Strathmullan Trust  JRC 056 download
This decision is the most recent Jersey decision to consider setting aside a trust on the ground of mistake.
The right to request flexible working is being extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ service.
This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape.
Food and Beverage News and Trends — senator Harkin advocates tougher rules on e-cigarettes; and more download
This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape.
Foresight is an easy-to-use legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation right through to 2017.
The French Data Protection Authority has announced its 2014 inspection targets, with the goal of reaching 550 inspections for the year.
The late, great stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg had a routine about buying a doughnut, captured in this briefing in a very meta-fashion.
Full Federal Court sets aside franchise agreement for breach of disclosure obligations under the Franchising Code download
On 1 May 2014, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia handed down its appeal decision in SPAR Licensing Pty Ltd v MIS QLD Pty Ltd.
The funds team at Khaitan & Co advises clients on fund formation and structuring (both onshore and offshore), investments and advisory.
Changes introduced under the Waste Regulations 2014 mean businesses can now use invoices, orders and receipts to prove waste has been transferred legally and safely.
Ben Jones from Eversheds has commented on the rejection of the UK’s challenge to the proposed Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).
The US energy sector in the future may look dramatically different from how it looks today.
A team from Gateley has advised on a private-equity-backed buy-in/buy-out that saw Foresight Nottingham Fund make a £1.5m investment into CWE.
Following a record-breaking fundraising year, Gateley has handed over a cheque for more than £1,700 to Maggie’s Nottingham Cancer Centre.
The East Midlands team from Gateley has been named Legal Team of the Year at the 2014 East Midlands Insider Dealmaker of the Year Awards.
Going global — the new generation of Czech business people are looking way beyond the region download
In the past 25 years, the Czech Republic has undergone an all-encompassing transformation from a communist state to a fully developed democratic country.
Going to work for the competition download
Where a former employee takes his or her former employer’s information, data or materials to a competitor, the former employer will normally have a range of options open to it.
Goodman Derrick’s corporate department has advised the Restaurant Group on the recently announced disposal of its interest in the Living Ventures Group.
Goodman Derrick is collaborating with Arts & Business for 2014, a year that will celebrate the firm’s 60th anniversary and the 35th year of the Arts & Business Awards.
The Peruvian Society of Construction Law (SCL) held its inaugural conference at the Universidad Del Pacifico in Lima on 9–10 April 2014.
Goodman Derrick has presented Tony Elliot, founder of Time Out and supporter of the arts, with the Goodman Award.
Google v the Spanish Data Protection Authority is a seminal and far-reaching case with the potential to affect lots of search engines, social networks and digital media companies.
Google has launched an online form to allow individuals to ask for their personal data to be removed from online search results.
HM Treasury is set to undertake a review of the enforcement decision-making processes for the FCA and the PRA.
Employees of Ontario’s Office of the Worker Advisor and Officer of the Employer Advisor who provide legal services relating to the OHSA must be licensed paralegals.
Group companies and the avoiding of subpoenas in terms of sections 417 and 418 of Act 61 of 1973 download
An interesting judgment was delivered by the Honourable J Majiki on 19 November 2013 in the Eastern Cape High Court, Port Elizabeth.
Harvey v Dunbar Assets highlights the potential adverse consequences for lenders when guarantees are not fully or correctly executed.
For an easement to be abandoned, the person with the right must show a fixed intention that they will never assert the right to the easement at any time in the future.
Amendments to the Insolvency (Scotland) Rules 1986 come into effect on 30 May 2014.
Heads Up: changes to the Primary Chain Development Grant; new guidance on behaviour and discipline; and more download
Welcome to this summer edition of Heads Up. It has been another busy term, and as we approach the general election it is unlikely the pace will slow down.
Health Alert — Health Care Complaints Commission v Khalsa; information regarding Rockhampton Hospital; and more download
DLA has released the 12 May 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — Health Care Complaints Commission v Qasim; Janet Harris v Sydney Local Health District; and more download
DLA has released the 28 April 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
DLA Piper has released the 26 May 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
Health Alert — Sklavos v Australasian College of Dermatologists; Wissa v Associated Newspapers Ltd; and more download
DLA has released the 19 May 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector.
A company that owns land can apply, free of charge, for a restriction on the registered title which could help prevent the company from becoming a victim of property fraud.
Efficiency improvement specialist Iken provides software and services proven to free up professionals to get on with what they’re good at.
There are certain pension arrangements that are not set up with the same tax status as registered pension schemes, and so contributions to them do not attract tax relief.
High Court upholds the PPF Ombudsman’s decision on the disregard of a contingent asset guarantee for PPF risk-based levy purposes download
Pension schemes that potentially qualify for assistance under the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) are required to pay a levy that includes a risk-based levy.
Historic changes afoot in Scotland download
The Historic Environment Scotland Bill currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament was introduced in early March 2014.
John Hayes summarises the changes made and provides advice on the best approach to accommodate those changes.
HMRC’s consultation on implementing a capital gains tax charge on non-residents disposing of UK residential property download
The Chancellor announced in the 2013 Autumn Statement that capital gains tax on the disposal of UK residential property would be extended to non-UK residents.
Hogan Lovells has scored a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court as the high court issued a decision in Highmark v Allcare Health Management System Inc.
Milan equity capital markets (ECM) of-counsel Roberto Culicchi has won Best Italian ECM Lawyer at the Legalcommunity Finance and Tax Awards 2014.
Those in the data hosting industry may wish to revisit their contractual arrangements in view of a recent Court of Appeal decision in England.
The ECJ has handed down judgment in a case that could mean that employers face huge liabilities for claims for holiday pay.
Holiday pay to include commission download
The long-awaited decision of the CJEU in British Gas v Lock confirms that commission must be included when calculating holiday pay.
The European Court of Justice, in Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd, has ruled that contractual commission payments do fall within normal pay.
Hotels and leisure update — April 2014: top 10 employment law issues affecting the hospitality sector in 2014 download
What does 2014 hold for the HR hospitality industry? Julian Yew summarises the key legal developments for hoteliers, restaurateurs and food service caterers.
According to new figures, house prices rose by eight per cent in the year to March as property values continue to increase ‘strongly across most parts of the UK’.
Every time we disclose personal information on the internet, are we exposing ourselves to the risk of its misuse?
Any investment of public money in a private undertaking has the potential to be unlawful state aid if it gives that undertaking an economic advantage over its competitors.
Soaring energy costs are forcing Sheffield manufacturers to close down their operations at peak times.
The new Hungarian Civil Code regulates the trust generally and also provides specific rules to the security trustee structure.
Hungary: will the security interest vanish when the underlying secured obligations are transferred? download
The fact that the new Hungarian Civil Code has at last recognised the concept of transfer of contractual position was a welcome development.
For those involved in heavy engineering projects, choosing a form of contract that is most apt or suitable for the particular job is of fundamental importance.
On 18 April 2014, Maksym Kopeychykov from Ilyashev & Partners spoke at the 2nd Annual Litigation Forum in Kyiv.
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Verification of all employees’ eligibility for employment in the US is required, but can result in penalties if a company re-verifies unnecessarily.
The Home Office has announced its plans to launch a passport return service pilot for migrants applying by post for indefinite leave to remain in the UK under Tier 2.
Immigration Update — May 2014: new right-to-work checks — easier to get it right, but more serious if you get it wrong download
On 16 May 2014, new rules on the prevention of illegal working came into force that affect three areas.
Of the many changes to the Immigration Rules on 6 April 2014, the Tier 1 (General) sub-category was greatly affected.
Immigration Update — May 2014: sponsored migrants working at client sites — getting it right download
It is increasingly common, particularly in the IT sector, for businesses to send their Tier 2 sponsored migrants to work, on a temporary basis, at client sites.
Many Tier 2 sponsors have reported to us that their sponsored migrants have approached them with questions about supplementary work.
Immigration Update — May 2014: the Immigration Act 2014 — what it means for employers and migrant workers download
Under the Act, the number of immigration decisions which can be appealed has fallen from 17 to four.
The amended rules should be welcome for effectively broadening the scope for enforcement of money judgments or arbitral awards at common law.
When a planning committee is determining an application, the officer will write a report on which the members of the committee will rely for information and guidance.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published its strategic plan for April 2014 to March 2017.
On 13 March 2014, the Communities and Local Government Committee of the House of Commons published its report on local government procurement.
On 8 May, the Supreme Court released an opinion in ATP Tours v Deutscher Tennis Bund in which fee-shifting bylaws were upheld for a non-stock corporation.
Ince & Co is advising PVM Oil Associates on its corporate sale to Tullett Prebon, an inter-dealer broker and London Stock Exchange-listed company.
Ince & Co Singapore has represented The Warranty Group in its joint venture with TVS Automobile Solutions Ltd.
The government has decided to increase a number of the court fees payable from 22 April 2014.
The Competition Commission of India has issued certain amendments to the CCI (Procedure in Regard to the Transaction of Business Relating to Combinations) Regulations 2011.
This group advises on transactions, tenders, contracts and so on relating to power, renewable energy, natural resources, oil and gas and more.
A report from KPMG reveals that in-house lawyers’ work is dominated by commercial decision making as boardrooms seek validation of their business and operational plans.
InSure — April 2014: data protection download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the data protection section of its InSure publication for April 2014.
InSure — April 2014: enforcement download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the enforcement section of its InSure publication for April 2014.
InSure — April 2014: general — the FCA Risk Outlook and Business Plan; Flood Re cover; and more download
Addleshaw Goddard has released the general section of its InSure publication for April 2014.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the new legislation and consultations section of its InSure publication for April 2014.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the new regulatory developments section of its InSure publication for April 2014.
The intellectual property team at Khaitan & Co assists clients in prosecution, advisory, non-contentious transactional work and contentious litigation work.
Pillsbury reviews the case law highlighting potential problems lurking with intent-to-use trademark applications.and provides practice pointers to address these issues.
ICE Benchmark Administration took over the administration of LIBOR from the British Bankers Association (BBA) on 1 February 2014.
In Crociani v Crociani, the Court of Appeal ruled, for the first time, that it has the power to make an order for an interim payment on account of costs.
Introduction of a new insolvency risk measure for employers by the PPF may affect the levy payable by pension schemes download
The introduction of a new insolvency risk measure for employers by the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) may affect the levy payable by pension schemes
For the tax year from 6 April 2014, the standard lifetime allowance has reduced from £1.5m to £1.25m.
The British Virgin Islands is one of the most popular offshore jurisdictions for investment funds. Here are some reasons why.
Investment Management Update: FCA expectations for investment managers on dealing commission; and more download
The Financial Conduct Authority has published Policy Statement PS 14/7 on changes to the rules on use of dealing commission.
Investment Management Update: FCA thematic review of clarity fund charges; ABI guide to unit-linked funds; and more download
Macfarlanes has released the 22 May 2014 issue of its Investment Management Update.
The High Court decision in Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd has now been overturned by the Court of Appeal.
In this case there had been a succession of fundamental errors in the administration of two Jersey trusts, both given the same name and having the same terms and beneficiaries.
The case of R (on the application of Cherkley Campaign Ltd) v Mole Valley District Council and Longshot Cherkley Court has been appealed.
Break options are well-established and ripe fodder for disputes between landlords and tenants.
The Court of Appeal decision in M&S v BNP Paribas has been handed down. The controversial High Court judgment has been overturned.
Allen & Overy has announced that Jake Keaveny will join its high-yield practice as a partner in the London office.
Jonathan Brook has joined Eversheds as a partner in the law firm’s London litigation team.
Karanovic & Nikolic has advised Mid Europa Partners, a European private equity firm, on the sale of SBB/Telemach Group to KKR.
Karanovic & Nikolic partner Patricia Gannon and technology lawyer Aleksandar Sukiban coached a number of teams at the Startup Weekend at the Royal Palace.
Karanovic & Nikolic senior partner Patricia Gannon will be chairing a panel on the importance on marketing and networking at a conference hosted by the IBA.
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Restrictive covenants are one form of protection employers can use to protect access to client and suppliers and solicitation of other employees post employment.
Kemp Little has organised and hosted a networking event for the luxury brand sector at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design.
Totum compares how different firms from across the professional service firm sector are going about managing their most valuable clients.
Key Commercial Property Update — May 2014: two noteworthy judgments in commercial landlord and tenant law download
Recent weeks have seen two important decisions handed down in cases concerning commercial (and, in particular, retail) property.
Khaitan & Co has acted as legal counsel to the issue in relation to India Infoline Housing Finance’s initial public offering (IPO).
Khaitan & Co has advised Exal Corporation on its complete buy-out of Mankind Pharma’s stake in Casablanca Industries Private.
Khaitan & Co has advised Orient Cement in relation to loan facilities for financing the development of a 3MTPA Greenfield integrated cement plant.
Khaitan & Co has advised Standard Chartered Bank in relation to Wilmar Sugar Holdings, which proposes to subscribe to equity shares of Shree Renuka Sugars.
Khaitan & Co has advised TIPVPL on an agreement entered into with regard to the Karcham-Wangtoo hydroelectric power plant and the Baspa II hydroelectric power plant.
Khaitan & Co has advised information services and solutions provider Wolters Kluwer on its acquisition of the remaining 62 per cent in Third Coast Holding.
Khaitan & Co has advised JP Morgan Europe in relation to senior and mezzanine facilities aggregating to £235m for acquisition of a property in London.
Khaitan & Co has advised Meidensha Corporation in relation to formation of joint venture arrangements between Meidensha Corporation and Prime Electric.
Khaitan & Co has advised Peninsula Brookfield Real Estate Fund in relation to an investment of $40m in Inesh Realtors Private.
Khaitan & Co has advised Piramal Enterprises Ltd (India) and IndiaReit Fund Advisors Pvt Ltd in relation to formation of a debt fund platform.
Barrister John Hunter of Kings Chambers has appeared for the local planning authority in Harrogate v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and other.
The Supreme Court has given judgment in R (on the application of Barkas) v North Yorkshire County Council and another  UKSC 31.
Nicholas Braslavsky QC and Andrew Grantham from Kings Chambers were recently successful in the Court of Appeal in the landmark decision of Webster v Liddington.
The High Court has handed down judgment in a judicial review brought against the decision to allow the Tattenhall Neighbourhood Plan proceed to referendum.
David Casement QC has commented following the news that Sunderland AFC is reportedly facing legal action from relegated Premier League clubs.
Colin Crawford of Kings Chambers has advised Harrogate Borough Council throughout the process of planning the Tour de France.
??In AB v CD, the claimant sought an interim injunction restraining the defendant from terminating a licence to use an internet based marketing platform.
KPMG believes that the new joint standard on revenue recognition is a major achievement for the standard setters, but that its publication is just the beginning.
KPMG has announced the winners of a short film competition — themed ‘If you only knew what you knew… Go beyond the data’.
KPMG has launched a virtual R&D centre that will serve as a global innovation hub with the aim of incubating and developing data-driven business solutions.
KPMG is working with economia magazine to host a series of roundtables in major capital markets focusing on the current and future state of audit.
Khaitan & Co advises on all employment-related agreements, engagement of consultants, statutory compliances, labour disputes and more.
Shoosmiths has appointed partner Laura Harper and associate Carol Isherwood into its IP and creative industries team in Manchester.
DLA Piper’s fashion, retail and design group has released a special edition of Law à la Mode.
The Law Society of Jersey, the statutory regulatory body for advocates and solicitors of the Royal Court, has appointed Jonathan Speck as its new president.
Businesses facing a regulatory investigation need access to specialist lawyers right away.
The recent decision in Leroux v Canada Revenue Agency provides guidance on the application of common law torts to CRA conduct.
It is usual to find a lien clause in contracts for the carriage of goods and in freight-forwarding contracts.
Youth justice campaigners have called for a change in the law to give children accused of crimes anonymity for life, to prevent them and their family being stigmatised ‘in perpetuity’.
Assuming that the older generation can afford it, the ‘children’ will always welcome some financial help, for example for investing in a house.
Fujitsu brought proceedings against IBM, claiming that IBM had breached the subcontract including obligations of fiduciary duty and good faith.
Limitations on planning permissions download
If a limitation is to be attached to a planning permission, it must be by way of an express condition. A limitation cannot be inferred from the description of the development.
The Limited Liability Partnerships (Guernsey) Law 2013 is now in force.
In December 2012, the Regional Court of Cologne ruled that Lindt’s chocolate bear infringed Haribo’s GOLDBÄREN (‘Gold Bear’) word marks.
LLP members are ‘workers’ download
The Supreme Court has confirmed that Ms Bates van Winkelhof, a former member of Clyde & Co, is a ‘worker’ for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act.
The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal in Clyde & Co v Bates van Winkelhof, ruling that LLP members can be workers for the purposes of whistleblowing legislation.
Since the current UK government was formed in 2010, it has been keen to promote industrial and provident societies and mutuals as part of the diversity of the UK economy.
The Communities and Local Government Committee of the House of Commons has published its report on local government procurement.
The Local Audit and Accountability Bill was passed on 30 January 2014 and is beginning to take effect.
All public bodies that are in a position to give resources to help businesses need to know about state aid.
Those living in Yorkshire cannot have failed to notice that the Grand Depart of the Tour de France is beginning in God’s own county this summer.
Concerns have been voiced that it is difficult to find out what has been going on in outsourced contracts — until it is too late.
Eric Pickles has declared the proposed theme park development known as ‘London Paramount’ to be a development of national significance.
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The Luxembourg Council of State has issued its opinion dated 29 April 2014 on the bill of law to introduce in Luxembourg the private foundation.
The notion of a corporate ‘seal’ — the physical symbol of a corporate ‘person’, evoking images of dripping wax in a bygone colonial setting — is dated.
M&A Weekly Update: controlling shareholder Listing Rule changes; Pfizer’s hostile takeover bid for AstraZeneca; and more download
The FCA has published a final version of its changes to the UK’s Listing Rules, regulating controlling shareholders of premium listed companies.
M&A Weekly Update: effective service of a claim for breach of contract; changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code; and more download
Macfarlanes has released its M&A Weekly Update for the period 25 April to 1 May 2014.
M&A Weekly Update: The Registrar of Companies v Swarbrick & Ors; FCA guidance on listing rules; and more download
Macfarlanes has released its M&A Weekly Update for the period 16–23 May 2014.
M&A Weekly Update: unfair prejudice; revisions to AIM Rules; Listing Rule changes; and more download
Macfarlanes has released its M&A Weekly Update for the period 9–15 May 2014.
Employers should be mindful of the potential pitfalls in relying too heavily on probationary periods.
The Midlands Asian Lawyers Association (MALA), in association with No5 Chambers, is holding a CPD seminar on 20 June 2014 in Leicester.
Iken MI is the ideal tool to help you meet your management information challenges.
Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named 10 Pillsbury partners in the second edition of its annual IP Stars guide, a state-by-state analysis of the IP market.
Manufacturers are entering into a new era of ‘disruptive complexity’, which is fundamentally changing the way manufacturers compete and succeed.
On 14 May 2014, the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court’s decision in the Marks & Spencer case.
Mehjoo v Harben Barker: duty of an accountant confined to the terms and limits of its retainer download
This judgment considered whether an accountant was under a duty to advise its client about possible tax-saving schemes or of the need to take specialist tax advice.
Michael Dawes reviews the recently announced changes to the AIM rules for companies and nominated advisers.
Memery Crystal has partnered with the London Stock Exchange on the ELITE programme for ambitious, high-growth private businesses.
Fawaz Elmalki, a director in Conyers’ Dubai office, has been named to the MENA Fund Manager Service Provider Power 30 list for the third consecutive year.
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.
This paper from DLA Piper suggests strategies and steps for franchising mergers and acquisitions.
The MF/1 contract for the supply and installation of electrical, electronic or mechanical plant has been around for some time.
The perfect development site has everything you need — but it also has something you don’t: existing roadways splitting the site into two parcels of land.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued its first consultation papers on implementing the ‘MiFID 2’ package.
Mills & Reeve has announced four new internal partner appointments, bringing the partnership to 118 across the firm’s six UK offices.
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The subject of so-called ‘minibonds’ has become particularly topical, following the recent conversion into law of the decree law ‘Destinazione Italia’ at the end of February.
Minter Ellison has advised NSW Treasury on the lease of the Port of Newcastle to a consortium comprising Hastings Funds Management and China Merchants.
Anna Rawlings, a partner of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Minter Ellison’s associated firm in New Zealand, has been appointed to that country’s Commerce Commission.
A recent insolvency case in which a late application to adjourn the trial of an application under IA 1986 fell foul of the Mitchell principles is interesting in a number of respects.
Modernisation of company accounting legislation and of the Commission of Accounting Standards download
Draft bill no. 6376 was adopted by the Chamber of Deputies on 9 July 2013.
Eversheds has announced the appointment of HR specialist Moira Slape, who joins the firm as HR director.
The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision that implied a term into a lease by which a tenant could recoup ‘overpaid’ sums after exercising its break option.
In response to the decision in Houldswoth v Bridge, the government announced that it would be tightening the definition of ‘money purchase benefits’.
Money-back guarantee for planning? download
The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 introduced several measures to speed up the planning process.
Mourant Ozannes has advised HitecVision, a prominent private equity investor for the oil and gas industry, on the launch of its latest fund based in Guernsey.
The Guernsey Cricket Board has announced the signing of a two-year deal with Mourant Ozannes.
A networking initiative has been launched in the BVI for women working in financial services. The initiative is the brainchild of associates from five firms including Mourant Ozannes.
Mourant Ozannes has been voted Best Offshore Law Firm for the second year running at the 2014 Hedgeweek USA Awards.
Nabarro has successfully advised on the purchase of the Holborn headquarters of Sainsbury’s.
Nabarro has advised long-standing client Oriel Securities on its proposed sale to Stifel Financial Corp, a US listed financial services group.
Nabarro has advised Primary Health Properties on the launch of a £82.5m convertible bond due to mature in 2019.
Nabarro has announced the appointment of Candice Blackwood, a partner who will join the firm’s real-estate practice and who has expertise in the healthcare sector.
Nabarro has announced that it will open a Manchester office following the lateral hires of three real-estate partners: Mark Haywood, Nathan Jansen and Monica Brij.
On 1 May 2014, the Resolution of the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine’s Resolution 245 came into effect.
NCTM has provided advice regarding the new A34 motorway in Italy. The firm advised the delegate commissioner, who is appointed to resolve traffic congestion problems in the area.
NCTM has advised Enertronica on its mini-bond Enertronica SpA, a company operating in the sectors of renewable sources, energy efficiency and electromechanical systems.
Following NCTM’s latest partners meeting, Alberto Toffoletto has been appointed as NCTM’s new senior partner.
NCTM has appointed three new equity partners, Sergio Fulco, Guido Martinelli and Lukas Plattner, who were all previously salary partners.
NCTM has acted as legal adviser for a project financing transaction related to a 9MW solar park in Vittoria, Sicily, developed by Cogip.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has urged charities to publish full details of senior executives’ pay in order to maintain public trust.
The NDRC of China has issued the Administrative Measures for the Verification and Approval and Filing of Foreign Investment Projects.
Most of the NEC3 decisions that come to the court’s attention have been as a result of adjudications with the court commenting on appeals from adjudicators’ decisions.
Networking your way to success download
Totum takes a look at how networking events can provide a good route to a new role.
New amendments to Part II RF TC: simplification of tax accounting and harmonisation with bookkeeping download
The law is intended to simplify tax accounting and harmonise it with bookkeeping.
Businesses that use ‘commercial electronic messages’ to market to customers and prospective customers in Canada should be aware of new anti-spam rules.
The government is considering issuing a code of practice on whistleblowing that would have to be taken into account by courts and tribunals in relevant claims.
On 22 April, a supply chain payment charter for the UK construction industry was launched by the Construction Leadership Council.
A new report reveals that the number of new homes registered in the UK has risen by seven per cent in the past 12 months.
The Crown Prosecution Service is to introduce new guidelines for handling cases of domestic abuse among the elderly and teenagers.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has recently issued prospectuses for new funds to deliver housing.
New Health and Work Service download
The Health and Work Service is being introduced by the government in accordance with recommendations made by Dame Carol Black.
New HMRC powers to recover tax debts download
The government plans to introduce new powers allowing HMRC to directly raid the bank accounts of tax debtors,focusing on those who owe at least £1,000.
Numerous changes that affect migrants and non-migrants alike will now be introduced by the Immigration Act 2014.
New policy on the appointment of insolvency practitioners — could this be a turning point in the South African insolvency industry? download
The minister of justice and constitutional development has recently determined a policy on the appointment of insolvency practitioners.
New PRC cross-border guarantee rules download
On 12 May 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange issued the Rules on the Foreign Exchange Administration for Cross-border Guarantee.
The directorate-general for competition recently published guidance on the new rules governing state aid for energy projects and environmental protection.
New regulations mean more auto-enrolment flexibility for average-salary pension schemes and hybrid pension schemes download
New regulations give more flexibility in the way in which a revaluation can be provided for an average-salary pension scheme to be a qualifying pension scheme.
The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives social landlords new powers to obtain possession against tenants causing nuisance and/or anti-social behaviour.
Law 106-FZ has changed the procedure for accreditation of branches and representative offices of foreign legal entities in the Russian Federation.
New York Department of Financial Services proposes stricter standards in reviewing life insurance acquisitions download
The New York Department of Financial Services is proposing to extend stricter standards to acquisition deals across the life insurance industry.
Papers are receiving ‘take-down’ requests following the ruling that determined that anyone can demand the removal of information relating to them from search engines.
In Thompson v Renwick Group plc, Mr Thompson was exposed to asbestos while working for his employer, a transport haulage company, during the mid-1970s.
The government of Indonesia has informed the Netherlands that its bi-lateral investment treaty with Indonesia will be terminated from July 2015.
No place for the bully download
When it comes to workplace bullying, the adage ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ is far from true.
No5 Chambers barristers Talbir Singh, Tim Pole and Lynette McClement have appeared in a car theft conspiracy case.
No5 Chambers has hosted a double celebration to mark Rhona Campbell’s appointment as a tribunal judge and the elevation of John Butterfield to queen’s counsel.
No5 Chambers has welcomed Heather Popley, Claire Howell, Laura Vickers and Katie Miller to the Family Law Group.
Inderpal Singh Sangha, 26, of Walsgrave, who was represented by No5 Chambers’ Talbir Singh, has been acquitted of conspiring to commit violent disorder.
The case sees three football players from Whitehawk Football Club and two businessmen from Singapore accused of conspiring to alter the results of football matches.
No5 Chambers sponsored Birmingham Law School’s recent Postgraduate Mooting Cup. LLM student Richard Murtagh claimed victory.
No5 Chambers has raised £965 after entering teams in the Midland & London Legal Walks, which took place on 19 May.
Richard Gibbs has represented Paul Hackney, who pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud totalling £2.3m, which made his conviction one of the top five secured by HMRC in 2013.
Despite it taking a year to investigate and two more years of hearings to try and get trial ready, the case of ‘O’ finally collapsed last week.
S Chelvan has presented his DSSH (Difference, Stigma, Shame and Harm) model at a conference on how to assess credibility in LGBTI asylum claims.
No5 Chambers recently organised a charity bake-off as part of its fundraising programme in support of Birmingham Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB).
No5 members S Chelvan and Ian Brownhill will be speaking at The Public Law Project North Conference 2014, which will be held in Manchester on 17 July.
No5 Chambers’ planning group has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Town and Country Planning Association.
Bernard Thorogood from No5 Chambers has completed the prosecution of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust at Stafford Crown Court.
Ogier Legal in Guernsey has advised X2 on the launch of its natural resources venture X2 Resources Partners LP, a Guernsey closed-ended investment vehicle.
Both Ogier Legal and Ogier Fiduciary Services won awards at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2014, which were held on 8 May at the Grange Hotel in London.
A firm of solicitors has found itself on the hook for a fraud in which it was not involved, but in which its substandard conduct had played a part.
One minute with Tim Crosley download
Tim Crosley, head of tax and employee incentives at Memery Crystal, talks about recent developments in tax and the tax profession as a whole.
According to the ONS, most of the contracts it identified were zero-hours, under which people are not guaranteed work from one week to the next.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that new JHSC Certification Training Standards will come into effect in early 2015.
Opportunity to claim refund on WHT overpayment on dividends received by non-EU investment funds from Europe download
The European Court of Justice has confirmed that investment funds based outside EU should benefit from the free movement of capital rule regarding investments in Europe.
Optimising your IP strategy download
As markets become more global and driven by new technologies, a well-thought-out IP strategy is becoming even more critical for businesses.
Fifteen Outer Temple barristers will be in Dubai from 5–8 May, meeting with and presenting to a range of organisations, local law firms and businesses.
Barristers Daniel Barnett and Keira Gore of Outer Temple Chambers, together with Henry Scrope, have updated the Employment Law Handbook (Law Society Publishing).
Richard Lissack QC and Eleanor Davison of Outer Temple Chambers were key panel speakers at the Herbert Smith Freehills — Corporate Crime and Investigations Conference.
Ben Compton QC and James Leonard have spoken at the seventh CAPITA health and safety (corporate manslaughter) lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons.
This article explores some key issues that employers participating in public service pension schemes should be aware of.
Shoosmiths has welcomed partner Liz Sweeney and associate Ruth Evans to its banking team.
Memery Crystal has announced that Tim Ryan and Andrew Priest have joined the firm as partners, and Shereen Elkins as a solicitor, with immediate effect.
The phrase ‘groundless threats’ refers to provisions in UK legislation that were originally introduced to provide a level of protection against threats of patent infringement.
New patent law proposals laid in Parliament could result in clinical trials being brought back to the UK.
The Enlarged Board of Appeal has been requested to issue a decision as to which extent an amendment made during EPO opposition proceedings can be challenged for lack of clarity.
On 23 April 2014, the Court of Genova issued a decision on the admissibility and width of a ‘torpedo action’.
Penningtons Manches has advised Evotec in its acquisition of all shares in Euprotec, a UK-based specialist contract research organisation.
Penningtons Manches has announced that it is supporting Tech London Advocates’ (TLA’s) Home Office Hours programme.
Penningtons Manches has won the Citywealth Magic Circle Award for ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the annual awards dinner.
Two care home staff, Santhosh Rajan and Marsha Tulloch, have appeared at Burton Magistrates Court on charges of manslaughter following the death of a 91-year-old great-grandmother.
Penningtons Manches’ immigration team is to spearhead a diagnostics review of the UK’s immigration options for international creative and artistic talent.
Pensions Act 2014: a quick round-up download
The Pensions Act 2014 received royal assent this month. It includes some major changes to the state retirement pension.
Pensions Act 2014: more change ahead download
The Pensions Act 2014 received royal assent on 14 May 2014, introducing important changes to the regulations for pensions.
Pensions liberation cases download
Pensions liberation is usually facilitated by an individual transferring their benefits to a pensions liberation vehicle.
The three-pronged attack on pensions liberation schemes continues.
Pensions Regulator publishes details of first enforcement action for auto-enrolment non-compliance download
The Pensions Regulator has published its first section 89 report relating to breaches of the automatic enrolment legislation.
Peter Shervington, product liability expert at Eversheds, has commented on the latest news that Peugeot China has recalled more than 160,000 vehicles.
Pillsbury has welcomed Clark Thiel as a partner in its litigation section in San Francisco. He brings a unique perspective as a licensed contractor and registered architect.
Property transactions are frequently delayed because essential plans are not made available at the outset of a transaction.
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It is critical that all stations adopt and apply political broadcasting policies that are consistent with the Communications Act and the FCC’s rules.
Managing senior associate
Minter Ellison’s Andrew Rentoul has predicted more infrastructure deals across Australia along the lines of the successful leasing of the Port of Newcastle by the NSW government.
Possible effect of draft EU Trade Secrets Directive in Slovakia: two steps forward, one step back download
Tthe European Commission aims to enhance the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure.
The DWP has consulted on a range of proposed exemptions from an employer’s obligation to auto-enrol certain employees.
An employer seeking to rely on a post-termination restriction should make its meaning very clear.
A briefing note entitled ‘Lending, debt collection and mental health: 10 steps for treating potentially vulnerable customers fairly’ was released on 30 April.
Pre-filing and post-filing licence renewal announcement reminder for TV stations in California download
TV, Class A TV and locally originating LPTV stations licensed to communities in California must begin airing pre-filing licence renewal announcements on 1 June 2014.
Pre-NPPF housing figures download
In Gallagher Homes v Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, the claimant’s sites for housing development were placed in the green belt in the local plan.
Paul Harris, intellectual property litigation partner, shares his thoughts and observations on the commercial world, and intellectual property in particular.
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Privacy in the workplace: avoid damaging employee data breaches by managing five high-risk areas download
The new privacy regime is in full swing, with the pressure on organisations to demonstrate substantial compliance with the new laws.
Private Client Bulletin — sharing the summer holidays; don’t take a risk drink-driving; give a lasting power of attorney; and more download
IBB Solicitors has released the spring 2014 issue of its Private Client Bulletin.
One of the most valuable assets of the Hellenic Republic is the Piraeus seaport, the largest port in Greece and one of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea.
Privy Council hands down judgment in claim against redeemed investors by liquidators of Fairfield Sentry download
The Privy Council has handed down judgment in the claim brought by the liquidators of Fairfield Sentry against a number of redeemed investors.
In Crime Reduction Initiatives v Lawrence [UKEAT/0319/13], Ms Lawrence went on sick leave with depression in April 2011.
This briefing is to remind departments of their legal obligations under the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) when conducting their public procurement activities
The new rules introduce some important changes and clarifications as well as codifying some of the case law that has arisen over the years.
Professional engineer with ‘significant safety background’ who sent ‘abhorrent e-mails’ loses safety retaliation case download
A professional engineer who engaged in an ‘aggressive’ argument with an established member of management has lost his safety retaliation case at the OLRB.
The High Court has held that a criminal squatter was entitled to use his period of criminal squatting to acquire adverse possession of a residential property.
On 21 April 2014, the government issued its response to the consultation on company filings launched in October last year.
Proposed US Department of Transportation passenger protection rules offer opportunity for travel industry comments download
The US Department of Transportation has proposed new passenger protection rules for the airline and travel industries.
Consolidation in the legal industry continues apace with law firms using mergers and acquisitions to drive greater efficiencies.
Fund manager Andy Thomas details what the Greater Manchester Loan Fund (GMLF) is, who it is aimed at and the benefits associated with the fund.
QFII, R-QFII and Luxembourg funds download
The first Luxembourg R-QFII UCITS allowing for a 100 per cent China A-Shares strategy has been approved by the CSSF.
The RBI has announced that it will ‘withdraw all the existing guidelines relating to valuation in case of any acquisition/sale of shares’.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a notification amending the FEMA Regulations.
We advise on all aspects of commercial projects, residential projects and retail spaces, including contracts, regulatory issues and so on.
In this edition, DLA Piper focuses on infrastructure and its importance to the real-estate industry and real-estate development around the world.
Real Estate Legal Update — May 2014: a trap for the unwary tenant; and an even bigger trap for the unwary developer or investor download
Macfarlanes has released its Real Estate Legal Update for May 2014.
On 23 April 2014, Canada issued an Order Amending the Export Control List pursuant to the Export and Import Permits Act.
The OECD Global Forum on VAT held meetings in Tokyo on 17–18 April 2014. These meetings follow the Global Forum’s first meeting in Paris in November 2012.
On 31 March 2014, the New York State legislature passed and governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State 2014–15 Budget Bill.
Recent decision reminds companies to use best practices to protect their internal investigations download
The DC Circuit recently heard oral argument regarding a mandamus petition filed by defendants in a qui tam action.
The Croatian Consumer Protection Act has recently updated how customer claims are to be handled.
Lee Specialities has pleaded guilty to a charge of exporting controlled goods to Iran, in contravention of the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations.
Another developer has appealed under section 106BC of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to reduce its affordable housing contribution on viability grounds.
Governments and tax authorities continue to develop their fiscal and tax positions relating bitcoins.
Regulator issues tools for assessment of an annual governance statement in relation to occupational DC pension schemes download
Last year, the Pensions Regulator formally launched a governance framework for occupational DC pension schemes.
Regulators in California and New York are concerned about the increased risk of cyber attacks on the security of personal information collected by regulated entities.
The ability to work remotely has had a fundamental impact on work-life balance.
The Schillings reputation defence team offers risk advisory consulting and advice on IT and cyber security, as well as defamation, privacy, copyright and commercial litigation law.
Reputation resilience: a study into the emerging professionalisation of corporate reputational risk management download
Those tasked with protecting corporate reputation find themselves on uncertain ground.
Re-reading the Riot Act (again): police liable for consequential losses under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 download
As if a lecture at the Police Federation Conference from the home secretary wasn’t enough, the police have also received the Court of Appeal’s reading of the riot act.
Residential conversions: merger risk download
Buyers should consider whether supersized homes need planning permission amid changing approaches by planning authorities.
Residential property and capital gains tax: changes afoot for non-UK residents and multiple-home owners download
Capital gains tax has found itself in the spotlight in recent weeks, owing to two significant changes to the CGT and residential property landscape.
It is worth knowing that employers can benefit from getting employees to affirm existing restrictive covenants when they leave employment.
The government has published a response to its paper on enhanced transparency of UK company ownership and increased trust in UK business.
The NSW Government Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (NSW Trade and Investment) has released the 2014 Crown Lands Legislation White Paper.
Ben Jones, a tax expert at Eversheds, has commented on news that a EU-wide financial transaction tax (FTT) is set to be effective from 2016.
In R (Bridgerow) v Chester West, Richard Clayton QC and Sarah Clover from Kings Chambers succeeded in quashing the council’s refusal to grant a licence.
Collyer Bristow has appointed financial markets and distressed debt specialist Robin Henry and experienced commercial litigator Roger Billins.
Many questions arise when a contractual partner enters into insolvency. One is: what happens with the debtor’s ongoing contracts when the insolvency starts?
Routes to financial redress against banks, investment advisers, insurers, mortgage advisers and product providers download
Susanne Muth discusses some pertinent and recurring themes encountered in the commercial and chancery area of practice.
Lauren Lee highlights the outcome of a court case that could benefit companies looking to serve legal proceedings on debtors living outside the UK.
The Court of Appeal has passed judgment on the first legal challenge made under the neighbourhood planning provisions of the Localism Act 2011.
This article explains how to handle issues of trade and business secret protection from an employment law perspective in Germany.
Sanctions against Russia: US ups the game while the EU limits its sanctions to further individuals download
This client update contains an analysis of the policy issues arising from the current situation in Ukraine.
Mr Justice Mann has handed down judgment in the matters of Sarah Hannon and Daniel Dufour v NGN and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.
Chairman and senior partner
Schoenherr has advised Slovenian creditor financial institutions in the debt restructuring of Laško Group, a regional beverage manufacturer and distributor.
Schoenherr has advised PALFINGER AG and individual-selling PALFINGER shareholders on the establishment of a mutual capital interlinking.
Schoenherr has advised VB-Leasing International on the sale of VB Leasing Poland and VB Leasing Romania to Polish company Getin Holding SA.
Schoenherr has represented Carso Telecom in a takeover offer for all shares in Telekom Austria AG not held by Carso Telecom, AMX, Telekom Austria or the OIAG.
A driver’s failure to wear a seat belt, which is an offence under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, is not an ‘absolute liability’ offence.
SEC (OCIE) Cybersecurity Initiative download
SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations plans to conduct examinations of more than 50 registered broker-dealers and investment advisers.
The decision of the US Court of Appeals has raised questions about how issuers should present their disclosures on conflict minerals under Exchange Act Rule 13p-1 and Form SD.
The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission have conducted another limited consultation regarding draft clauses from their proposed Insurance Contracts Bill.
Covert recordings by an employee of her hearing and the private deliberations of the panels were admissible as evidence in her claim for sexual harassment.
Governments in the Asia-Pacific region have been slow to take up the significant financial benefits that cloud computing technology stands to offer.
The Supreme Court of New Zealand has allowed appeals brought by four former directors of Lombard Finance & Investments against sentences imposed on them by the Court of Appeal.
Serbia: privatisation law reformed — how can creditors protect their claims on companies in restructuring? download
The Serbian Parliament has passed a new law amending the law on privatisation under urgent procedure. The new law entered into force on 13 May 2014.
The dispute in Friends Life Management Services Ltd v A & A Express Building Ltd arose as a result of the exercise of a break right in a lease.
The EAT considered whether a worker was prevented from bringing a sexual discrimination and harassment claim against her employer because she was working illegally.
DECC has published the ‘Consultation on Proposal for Underground Access for the Extraction of Gas, Oil or Geothermal’.
The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) does not require the person registering a security interest to file the underlying security agreement with the PPSR.
It has been on the horizon for some time now — a complete overhaul of parental leave as we know it is now less than 11 months away.
The new scheme will apply to parents of children expected to be born or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015 and is expected to come into force on 1 October 2014.
In May 2013, Shoosmiths took over the city’s largest single floor plate of 40,000ft² at Two Colmore Square. The law firm is celebrating its first year at the address.
Shoosmiths has contributed to a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Money Advice Trust that will help vulnerable people receive better service.
Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office has advised global real-estate services firm CBRE on its move to 55 Temple Row in the city.
Shoosmiths has hosted a drinks reception organised by Colmore Business District (CBD) to mark the grand opening of the newly renovated Colmore Square in Birmingham.
Shoosmiths has announced four new partners in the firm’s May promotions. All promotions take effect from 1 May.
Shoosmiths and GVA have given pro bono advice to homeless charity Booth Centre after a surge of homelessness forced it to move premises.
Shoosmiths has acted for McKay Securities PLC on two key property acquisitions in London and Surrey.
Should a trustee appeal a decision of the Royal Court in administrative proceedings? In the matter of the R and RA Trusts download
The Court of Appeal in Guernsey has handed down an important judgment in non-contentious trust proceedings commenced by way of application made by the trustees.
Eugene Wojciechowski argues that employers should not be encouraging employees to become addicted to e-cigarettes.
Paul Mander argues that smokers already get a pretty bad press and that banning e-cigarettes in the workplace is just overly interfering.
Yes, was the view of the European Court of Justice in Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd last week.
Significant drop in tribunal claims download
Since fees were introduced for claims received on or after 29 July 2013, there has been a drop of 79 per cent in the number of claims compared with the same period in 2012.
DECC has provided more detail of how the financial support that the government gives to renewable energy schemes will work going forward.
Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence is the global monthly publication from DLA Piper’s sports, media and entertainment group.
Several legal measures have recently entered into force, or will do so in the following few weeks.
Employers can no longer reclaim statutory sick pay (SSP) from HMRC where the total SSP paid in that month exceeded 13 per cent of their Class 1 NICs for that month.
Stephenson Harwood has advised Baker Tilly on the sale of its private client financial management business to Towry, a wealth advice firm.
Stephenson Harwood has advised on the two recent reverse takeovers of Feedback and Rex Bionics.
Kiersten Lucas, senior employment associate at Stephenson Harwood, has commented on the new TUPE changes.
The case of Bank of Ireland v Edeneast Ltd centred on the scope of (the Northern Ireland equivalent of) the Insolvency Act 1986 (section 35).
Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the CBI Industrial Trends figures for May.
Investors holding student accommodation need to understand how best to shoulder their obligations to control legionella, a potentially fatal illness.
In a recent Technical Board of Appeal decision, the European Patent Office has shed some light upon the boundaries of the prohibition against double patenting.
The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has given some further colour on how it intends to supervise international banks operating in the UK.
The Supreme Court has finally distinguished Beresford and given guidance on use ‘as of right’.
The Supreme Court of Canada has issued a unanimous decision in John Doe v Ontario (Finance) 2014 SCC 36.
In this paper, KPMG presents research into reporting of social investment by 100 of the world’s largest companies and their associated foundations.
Khaitan & Co’s taxation practice is split into two teams: the direct tax team and the indirect tax team.
A powerful combination of factors has led to an explosion in tax-related disputes.
Technology Barometer — Q2 2014 download
The Taylor Wessing Technology Barometer tracks the temperature of the UK technology sector.
We advise clients in relation to regulatory, policy and compliance issues, IT outsourcing, data privacy and protection and contractual and interconnection agreements.
Term allowing repayment of rent for a period post a break date not to be implied into a lease download
The Court of Appeal has closed the door to tenants that have successfully operated break clauses and wish to claim back rent paid for a period post the break date.
FDI Intelligence has ranked two Serbian free zones, Pirot and Zrenjanin, 41st and 48th on the list of 50 most attractive zones for foreign direct investments in the world.
In July 2013, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS).
The decision to grant Covanta an injunction suspending the procurement of a long-term waste disposal contract could mark a turning point for procurement challenges in the UK.
This video from Allen & Overy looks at the way that a carefully planned and executed people management strategy can be critical to the success of a merger.
One of the key themes to emerge from George Osborne’s 2014 Budget announcement was the radical overhaul of the current pensions system.
The Jackson reforms heralded a new regime in respect of sanctions that apply in the event of non-compliance with court rules, orders or directions.
Multi-layered frauds require a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach, but getting all of the professionals pointing in the same direction is not always easy.
The 22 April 2014 saw far-reaching changes to the way that the courts operate both physically and statutorily.
The Cayman Islands government has enacted the Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014, which regulates directors of certain entities established in Cayman.
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 Financial Report: CSA proposes guidance for proxy advisory firms; raw material exchanges approved for Shanghai; and more
DLA Piper has released the latest version (Volume 3, No.9) of The Financial Report, featuring news and analysis from across the financial sector.
It is just possible that solving global poverty may prove easier than securing a global response to climate change.
Call them what you will, the social group that grew up with the internet is now firmly entrenched in the workplace.
The High Court of Australia handed down a significant decision late last year in the ACCC’s prosecution of telecommunications services provider TPG.
Fan accounts also proliferate on Twitter. It is perhaps unsurprising that a parody and/or fan account would end up the subject of litigation.
Totum has published an infographic from the Online Paralegal Degree Center, which provides a snapshot of the changing face of law, now and into the future.
Memery Crystal has been shortlisted by The Lawyer Awards 2014 in the category of Litigation Team of the Year.
The leap to legal download
If you’re a management professional, making the transition to the legal sector may not be something you’ve considered.
The exploitation of weaknesses in an organisation’s IT systems can pose a real risk of civil action or regulatory enforcement and fines.
The legislative ‘black hole’ in aircraft creditors’ rights in Canada: pre-Cape Town Convention interests download
The entry of the Cape Town Convention into force is positive, but has led to a legislative ‘black hole’ in the protection provided to certain aviation creditors.
An English judgment from July 2013 demonstrates that English courts can make it possible for the company to take back control of LinkedIn accounts.
The Fair Work Commission has handed down its first substantive decision under the new anti-bullying laws.
Trade secret protection varies across EU member states, with some member states notably offering little by way of protection.
The government of Quebec is appealing a Superior Court of Quebec judgment on the issue of trademark displays in a language other than French.
The regulator and FCA issue a guide on how workplace DC pensions are regulated to protect consumers download
One of the areas highlighted last year by the Regulator was the regulation of workplace DC pension schemes.
Over the past six months, there have been a number of changes that have raised the profile of the Internet Watch Foundation.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s brands team has prepared an analysis of the options available to brand owners in the fight against lookalikes.
The thorny issue of references download
News recently that a barrister had faked his qualifications on his CV serves as a stark reminder of the importance of due diligence when it comes to new hires.
With the rise of smart devices, the powerful combination of computing technology and internet connectivity has moved from our offices and homes to our bags and pockets.
Third Circuit concludes personal injury causes of action against a successor to debtor’s business are generalised claims download
Personal injury claims of individuals allegedly harmed by a bankrupt debtor’s products cannot be asserted against a pre-petition purchaser of the debtor’s assets.
Decisions to grant planning permission are often controversial.
Katie Ayres has been named as the winner of this year’s Gray’s Inn Moot Competition and the Three Raymond Buildings Du Cann Memorial Prize.
The Divisional Court has upheld an order dismissing Ghana’s request for extradition.
The Court of Appeal has quashed control orders against two suspected terrorists, one of whom is currently on the run having disguised himself in a burqa.
Three recent significant pension decisions highlight some key issues where pension schemes changes are being made download
The much awaited decision in the IBM casewas delivered in the High Court shortly before Easter. Two more cases followed shortly after.
This article provides an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing arbitration compared with the traditional court route.
In the UK, elections are held on working weekdays and no legislation exists to allow employees to take time off work to vote.
Totum argues that businesses should take more risks on hires from outside the sector if they want the best and most innovative talent mix in their firms.
Top tips for assignment of reports download
Gateley has previously discussed the the use of reliance letters. Another option worth noting is to take an assignment of the report and the causes of action under it.
There remains some reticence when it comes to salaries, according to Totem’s Law Firm Salary and Benefits Survey 2014 — Business Services Roles.
In July 2013, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.
Keeping track of the rapid and inter-related changes and developments in the BEPS Action Plan can be a real challenge for business.
Khaitan & Co advises clients on issues pertaining to international trade (including World Trade Organization and anti-dumping).
Any sign that can be represented graphically and that is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one undertaking from those of another is prima facie registrable as a trademark.
The transparency agenda has been high on the coalition government’s list of priorities since it came to power four years ago.
According to government statistics, the number of employment tribunal claims has dropped by up to 80 per cent since the introduction of tribunal fees.
More than 88 per cent of those who took part in a recent poll agreed with the principle of tribunal fees.
When a buyer wants to acquire an existing business, it has two options. The commercial effect of these is similar but legally the two transactions are quite distinct.
Employers in Ontario have two months to ensure that their workers and supervisors complete ‘basic occupational health and safety awareness training’.
The new rules considerably increase the protection of investors vis-à-vis managers of UCITS funds and their depositaries.
Neil Mohring, head of media at Eversheds, has commented on news that a deal to combat online piracy is imminent.
Technology industry leaders are most bullish on revenue growth in the US, China and the UK, according to the results of the annual Technology Business Outlook survey.
According to recent reports, Whitehall sources have indicated that the government plans to propose a new Infrastructure Bill in the Queen’s Speech in June.
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The DECC is consulting on a review of Renewables Obligation bands for solar PV.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has decided that the UK’s legal claim in relation to the financial transaction tax was admissible, but premature.
The UK’s Upper Tribunal has upheld the First-tier Tribunal’s decision in Greene King.
This client update contains an analysis of the policy issues arising from the current situation in Ukraine.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a series of measures aimed at increasing the safety of offshore helicopter flights.
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Maryland governor Martin O’Malley has signed into law HB 739, which contains revisions to the Maryland estate tax law.
The Taxation (Exchange of Information with Third Countries) (Amendment No. 7) (Jersey) Regulations 2013 came into force on 6 November 2013.
The CJEU has given a preliminary ruling in proceedings between Google, the Spanish Data Protection Agency and a third-party complainant.
This e-alert provides an update on the US and EU sanctions as discussed in previous Allen & Overy e-alerts.
US District Court reaffirms distressed debt funds not eligible assignees under loan agreement download
The US District Court for the Western District of Washington found that certain distressed debt funds were not ‘financial institutions’ under the definition of ‘eligible assignee’.
Eversheds’ Bruce Dear has commented on news that David Cameron would be prepared to curtail the Help to Buy scheme to help prevent a bubble in the housing market.
The judgment in ATP PensionService A/S v Skatteministeriet (Case C-464/12) was delivered by the European Court of Justice on 13 March 2014.
In this video, James Rubin examines the impact of the recent ruling upholding the Obama administration’s mercury and toxics standards.
The Australian government released its 2014–15 Budget on 13 May. Karen Payne and Adrian Varrasso highlight a number of issues that will affect corporate Australia.
We have a number of charity clients, and despite being significant land owners a large part of their land ownership and estates are unregistered.
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Shoosmiths considers waiver of privilege and a recent case to discuss the issue in the context of electronic information policies.
Walker Morris has announced the internal appointment of six directors and 15 associates in a number of key growth areas.
Walker Morris has launched the latest in its series of ‘little green books’. The latest edition is a comprehensive guide to employee share schemes.
Walker Morris has been appointed by NHS Shared Business Services following a successful tender to help deliver quality legal services and savings to the NHS.
Walker Morris has been appointed to the Legal Service Panel for the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) following a successful tender.
Two teams from Walker Morris are taking on the Oxfam Trailtrekker Gold Challenge, which takes place in the Yorkshire Dales on 31 May–1 June 2014.
The Water Act 2014 received royal assent on 14 May 2014, bringing important changes to water industry operation and management of water resources.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that business interruption and other consequential losses can now be recovered from the police after London riots.
DECC has published a study by the British Geological Survey of the Jurassic shales of the Weald Basin in southern England.
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Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s experts outline some of the key issues for which the asset management, wealth management/private banking sectors should prepare.
The US, Canada and the EU have designated a number of additional officials and companies as the unrest continues in eastern Ukraine.
What exactly do death, taxes and deactivated online accounts have in common? Put simply: the apparent inability to escape them.
Section 153 (1)(b)(ii) of the Companies Act 71 of 2008 is intended to afford a remedy to affected persons who support a business rescue plan that has been voted down by creditors.
When defending any claim, the key question that you will be asked from the business line is what is the financial exposure?
The recent case of Peel v TS Sheerness provides a useful reminder on the distinction between fixtures and fittings.
Can detriment or dismissal stemming from events closely connected to a protected disclosure be distinguished from the disclosure itself to avoid liability in whistleblowing claims?
In a whistleblowing case, is it possible to distinguish between protected disclosures and the manner in which the whistleblower pursues his complaint? The EAT says yes.
Khaitan & Co advises clients on issues pertaining to compliance and ethical practices, economic regulatory investigations and so on.
An Englishman’s home is his castle except, of course, when it isn’t. And the old adage is never less true than when someone else is living there uninvited.
The office of the privacy commissioner of Canada has announced a major breach within its own office with the loss of an unencrypted hard drive containing sensitive personal information.
In Friends Life v Siemens Hearing Instruments, the High Court held that a break notice was effective. The Court of Appeal has now reversed this decision.
SeaLife Pharma has been named ‘Best start-up from the Biotech sector’ at the Biotech Venture Lounge and has received a comprehensive package from Wildgen.
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Lock v British Gas is likely to affect the majority of those employed in UK businesses where commission arrangements are commonplace for rewarding staff.
Winckworth Sherwood has appointed a new partner with expertise in large-scale urban regeneration and infrastructure projects.
Jo Keddie, head of employment law at Winckworth Sherwood, has been quoted by Bloomberg in relation to Lock v British Gas Trading.
Peter Clarke shares some practical insights into how law firms can successfully deliver to clients a new level of capability.
The third annual progress report shows clear and positive signs of the increased representation of women on the boards of FTSE 350 companies.
Cases involving workplace banter continue to be fertile ground for embarrassing employment tribunal cases and negative headlines.
New law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co was launched on 1 May.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co partners Kieron Dwyer and David Ponsford have co-hosted an international webinar entitled ‘Update on shale gas exploration and development’.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has promoted director and energy specialist Gus Wood to partner in the energy team, effective from 1 May.
Anthony Thompson of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has been named as lawyer of the year at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2014.
Dacheng’s Yang Shuwei and Zhang Jingwei are to continue acting as its standing legal counsel for Xinjiang International Expo Administration.
Your partners are not your employees: Supreme Court of Canada clarifies the application of the control/dependency test download
An equity partner in a law firm alleged that the firm’s requirement that equity partners retire from the partnership and divest their equity at age 65 was age discrimination.
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The Scottish Affairs Committee has recommended changes to zero-hours contracts but has also stated that in most cases they should not be used at all.
After overhauling its European legal advisers last February, e-commerce giant Amazon is now looking inwards. The Seattle-based business is on a mission to beef up its European legal capability, with lawyers from
After months of research, chasing firms for figures and crunching numbers, The Lawyer European 100 2014 was published this week
WFW appears to be going swimmingly under its post-Greville dual management team.
White & Case arbitration partner Paul Cowan has defected back to the bar, joining 4 New Square after months of talks.
OneSavings Bank, Fat Face, Saga - as much as market chatter amplifies regarding a slow down of the IPO main market, issuers seem to be pushing it forward with momentum
Bank of Montreal’s Asia legal head reveals war stories and much more about his unique role
Davenport Lyons has been absorbed by the considerably smaller Mayfair firm Gordon Dadds following the former’s administration. It’s rocky times for small-to-medium sized firms, but West End practices have been feeling the pinch more than most.
Myanmar has just celebrated its new year with the Thingyan festival, when people pour water on one another as part of the cleansing ritual to welcome the new year
Allen & Overy (A&O) is considering introducing a 20 per cent female partnership target by 2020 in an effort to better promote gender diversity.
The magic circle lags behind its peers when it comes to gender diversity at the top, so it’s good to see Allen & Overy attempting to shake off its masculine image with an eye to increasing its female partnership numbers
Addleshaw Goddard has confirmed that head of business support and restructuring John Joyce has been elected managing partner for a term of three years from today (16 May).
Addleshaw Goddard’s Manchester real estate chief Mark Haywood is leaving the firm with two partners to launch an office for Nabarro in the city.
Addleshaw Goddard’s former employment head, client relationship manager and the mastermind of the transaction services offering, Andrew Chamberlain, is to join DWF as employment head.
LOD’s Tim Bratton puts the case for GCs as the biggest influencers of the future of the law. Take note if you want to be inside the tent
Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first magic circle firm to enter into Myanmar, with the launch of an office in Yangon.
E-commerce giant Amazon is bulking up its legal capability in Europe, with lawyers from Allen & Overy (A&O), Eversheds and Moneygram the latest to join.
Everything you need to know about the world of ‘new law’ models and more from Jordan Furlong
Ashurst has broken its two-year pay freeze for London-based trainees and newly-qualified lawyers, upping its junior pay bands by up to 3.3 per cent.
Ashurst’s former senior partner Geoffrey Green has been appointed as a strategic adviser by its Chinese alliance firm Guantao as the firm puts its long-term strategy under review.
Asia may not be the high-growth region that some may have hoped for, but legal talent is still flocking there. Its volatility means there are plenty of potential opportunities, but firms may have to play the long game.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.
Global powerhouse Baker & McKenzie is also one of the leading firms in Europe, with extensive capability across the continent
Barclays’ managing director and general counsel for the Americas, Michael Crowl, has quit the bank to take up a similar post with Swiss institution UBS.
Barclays has overhauled its legal function to create a streamlined global litigation group reporting directly to its general counsel and has also launched a new global financial crime team.
It’s nearly a year since Barclays named the former general counsel of Pittsburgh-headquartered PNC Financial Services Group, Bob Hoyt, as general counsel and there is plenty of change in the air
BBC’s head of litigation Nadia Banno is leaving to join Baker & McKenzie just two years after taking up the head role at the BBC.
Working in the 24/7 media industry can be tough at the best of times, not least when you are the head of litigation at one of the world’s leading international broadcasters
Berrymans Lace Mawer has scrapped its brand in favour of BLM as the insurance firm completes the takeover of Scottish firm HBM Sayers today.
Bevan Brittan, DAC Beachcroft and Mills & Reeve have won key contracts as part of a new slimmed down NHS Property Services panel, which launched on 1 May.
Is any lawyer worth busting your firm’s compensation structure for? Perhaps one with a reputation for being at the absolute pinnacle of their niche in the market?
BLM’s senior partner Mike Brown is intent on leading his insurance-focused firm into the big league.
Lawyers on Demand’s (LoD) first set of accounts since being spun off from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) reveal that the firm gave LoD a £2.65m loan to allow it to acquire 20 per cent of the business for £2.8m.
Carlyle, Rhone Capital, HgCapital - chopping and changing legal advisers has been all the rage in private equity over the past 12 months or so.
Browne Jacobson has announced an 11.5 per cent increase in turnover for the 2013/14 financial year, with revenues rising from £45m to £50.2m.
The Treasury Solicitor’s department (TSol) spent £2.3m on outsourcing provider Capita between January and March 2014, figures disclosed to The Lawyer reveal.
Ker-ching! That’s the sound inside Capita’s finance department, as the outsourcing giant bills £2.3m to the Treasury Solicitor’s department (TSol) for the first quarter of 2014
Capita is days away from entering the legal market after the SRA granted volume outfit Optima Legal Services an ABS licence, ahead of a takeover by the outsourcing giant.
From 999 calls to prisons, outsourcing giants have been running much of Britain since the Thatcherite privatisations of the 1980s. And now they’re trotting into the UK legal market, too
Clifford Chance, Rosenblatt and Shearman & Sterling are among firms that have won mandates as television companies embarked on an M&A spree.
Charles Russell’s turnover increased by 7 per cent in 2013/14 from £68.9m to £73.4m, marking a new record for the firm.
Chinese firm Fangda has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s China antitrust head Michael Han as a partner in Beijing, its second lateral hire from the magic circle firm in two years.
Beijing-headquartered Longan has become the latest Chinese firm to venture into Hong Kong, after launching an office in the special administrative region.
Clifford Chance has named banking partner Barbara Mayer-Trautmann as its newest partnership council member following new Middle East partner Robin Abraham’s election to Middle East managing partner.
Clyde & Co has entered South Africa with a five-lawyer raid on Linkaters’ ally Webber Wentzel’s insurance and legal liability group.
The Supreme Court has ruled that LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation paving the way for the first whistle-blowing case against a law firm.
Today’s Supreme Court whistleblowing decision not only paves the way for partner-level whistle-blowing claims to be levelled at firms for the first time but poses further questions on the employment status of partners, employment lawyers say.
Clydesdale Bank has launched its first panel review since appointing general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire in 2012 and overhauling its legal team.
The past 12 months have seen a welter of significant corporate panel reviews. Sainsbury’s,
Dacheng, arguably the largest firm in Asia by lawyer number, has elected a new leadership team last month. The firm’s chairman and founder Peng Xuefeng speaks to The Lawyer about his plans for the future
Debevoise & Plimpton has added eight lawyers to its partnership, with almost all of those made up in its New York headquarters.
Broadcasting group Starbucks (HK) Ltd is making a final bid to win its trademark battle against British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) after being granted permission to appeal an earlier ruling at the Supreme Court.
Indian property company Unitech will pursue Libor-based claims against Deutsche Bank after the Supreme Court refused the bank permission to appeal (PTA) a claim amendment accepted by the Court of Appeal.
A “disgruntled” employee of legacy Davenport Lyons is understood to have vandalised the firm’s office after being told the firm had gone into administration.
DLA Piper partner Nick West has apologised for failing to uphold professional standards after being found to have exchanged sexist emails with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore in revelations last week.
DLA Piper has appointed former JP Morgan in-house counsel Julia Gorham as its new employment head in Asia.
DLA Piper is investigating the email exchanges of media sport lawyer Nick West and Premier League boss Richard Scudamore after the Sunday Mirror revealed them to contain sexist remarks this week.
If shale gas can cut the UK’s energy dependence, DLA Piper global co-chief executive Nigel Knowles says we must jump hurdles to get at it
DLA Piper global co-chief executive Nigel Knowles claims London’s highly regarded status as a litigation centre is under threat in The Lawyer’s new weekly industry leaders column launched today.
Macfarlanes senior partner Charles Martin tackles the sector’s biggest white elephant this week: is partnership an idea on the brink of extinction?
First the big news. Bowing to popular demand, as one does, the deadline for entries to this year’s The Lawyer Management Awards has been extended by two weeks to Friday 6 June.
DWF has told its Liverpool-based motor fraud team that a forthcoming restructure will involve placing several fee-earner and secretarial staff into a consultation that could result in the loss of up to 37 jobs.
DWF is to move all 305 London-based staff, including 53 partners, from its two current London sites into the Walkie Talkie on 1 September.
It’s election time at Nabarro, as managing partner Andrew Inkester looks set to head to the polls for the first time
As you read this, the finishing touches are being put on the 2014 edition of The Lawyer European 100
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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.
The top 100 independent firms saw a collective rise in turnover of just under €200m last year, exclusive research for The Lawyer European 100 2014 has revealed.
Eversheds has built up an extensive network of local European knowledge, which international chair Alan Murphy says will continue to grow.
Eversheds has today secured its eighth office in Africa through an affiliation with Durban-based Knight Turner, which is now known as Eversheds KZN.
Eversheds has hired Moira Slape as its new HR director who joins the firm after four years with White & Case.
Sainsbury’s has added two more firms – KWMSJB and TLT – to its formal roster following its recent panel review, which was run jointly by the legal and procurement functions. See below for a selection of the most recent tenders.
It’s almost as if legacy LG’s acquisition of Tite & Lewis (T&L) never happened. For those that remember, T&L was the former law firm of accountancy giant Ernst & Young (EY), but they were taken under LG’s wing after leaving EY in April 2003, when the accountants got cold feet about the law post-Andersen
The competition among global accountancy firms to grow in the legal services sector has intensified, particularly in Asia. Last week, The Lawyer revealed that Ernst & Young has set plans to double its Asian legal capacity within the next 12 months
Ernst & Young (EY) has big ambitions to double its Asian legal capacity within the next 12 months.
A series of high-profile fraud prosecutions risk collapse after a landmark decision last week.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has won its appeal against the stay in the high-cost fraud trial known as Operation Cotton, with the Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling that proceedings should resume.
Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has expanded overseas for the first time with the launch of a Shanghai office.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has made 15 secretaries redundant, in preparation for its move into its new office near London Bridge.
Every week in The Lawyer we focus our attention on a different jurisdiction – often European – in our regular special reports
A former 1 Gray’s Inn Square barrister jailed last year for avoiding paying £77,000 in income tax and VAT has been struck off by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
A new month, a new chapter in Barclays’ mammoth battle against former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners
Three former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners have joined their cases against Barclays in an attempt to prove that the bank and defunct firm induced them to take on individual debts to keep Dewey afloat.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former chief information officer (CIO) Paul Domnick has taken up leadership of software and risk management company Litéra after stepping down from his role at the magic circle firm late last year.
Former Ince & Co litigation partner Denys Hickey has quit the firm for the bar to join 39 Essex Street Chambers.
The former general counsel of Islamic bank Gulf Finance House (GFH) Capital David Haigh has been arrested in Dubai, reportedly in relation to alleged financial irregularities surrounding GFH’s ownership and sale of Leeds United Football Club.
King & Wood Malleson’s (KWM) former Australian managing partner Tony O’Malley has launched an advisory boutique in Sydney with the firm’s former corporate, M&A and tax head Tim Blue.
Forsters and Michelmores have reported double-digit growth in revenue for the 2013/14 financial year and net profit is also expected to have risen at both firms.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are advising on Saga’s planned IPO, which is set to be the largest public offer of shares since the privatisation of Royal Mail.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Simon Marchant and Simon Priddis as its new corporate and competition heads.
Being the chief information officer (CIO) of a law firm is no piece of cake. So it’s no surprise that the former CIO of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Paul Domnick caught the eye of software and risk management company Litéra
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is on track to rack up £30m in legal fees after instructing Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) to recoup money it paid out following the collapse of the Keydata investment scheme.
Gide Loyrette Nouel’s managing partner Stéphane Puel is leading the firm into a new era and trying to put recent challenges behind him.
Dissenting opinions at the highest court in the land used to be rife. But as The Lawyer’s article, All For One, highlighted, there has been a dramatic decline in dissenting opinions at the Supreme Court. What’s the reason for this?
He is one of the UK’s most infamous bosses: hard to please, fiendishly frank and not afraid of giving anyone who disappoints him the chop
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to lift its pay freezes in Australia after cancelling an annual salary review in 2013.
The Government has successfully defended the judicial review claim brought by Leeds firm Gordons on behalf of the “descendants” of Richard III, meaning the remains of the last Plantagenet king will be buried in Leicester.
Hill Dickinson has bolstered its Asia office network with the hire of two shipping partners, taking one from Clyde & Co in Singapore and another from Kennedys in Hong Kong.
HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has bolted on boutique firm CKFT, in a move that will boost its revenues from £40m to £45m.
Hogan Lovells is being run by a sole CEO for the first time since its 2010 merger. As former co-head of US litigation Steve Immelt steps into the job, he reveals the secret formula to doing it well.
Hogan Lovells’ international management committee has introduced a 10-strong flexible working group, to be led by the firm’s co-head of corporate Andrew Skipper.
Hogan Lovells is considering taking up a blind curriculum vitae (CV) policy in a bid to counter bias towards trainee applicants who received an Oxbridge degree or were educated privately.
You can picture the scene in the Immelt household. As the CEO of General Electric, Jeff Immelt, slices up the Thanksgiving turkey, older brother Steve lets on that he, too, is to become a chief executive. Jeff gives him an extra slice
Hogan Lovells new CEO Steve Immelt has overhauled the firm’s International Management Committee (IMC), scrapping its co-head model four years after its merger.
Hogan Lovells is to close its Prague office this summer following a strategic review of the market.
A total of eight firms including Ashfords, DLA Piper and Eversheds have lost their places on the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) panel, which has been slashed from a total of 14 firms to just nine.
HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has become the latest firm to move out of London’s West End, moving three of its offices to a 54,552 sq ft location in London Bridge.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has paid tribute to former corporate recovery head Stephen Gale after he committed suicide earlier this year.
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the most popular legal brand in London and the UK among general counsels, research by Acritas claims.
Having sifted through a record number of entries for this year’s The Lawyer Awards, The Lawyer today reveals the firms, chambers and in-house teams that have been shortlisted for a gong at the industry’s top awards event.
Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners has announced the hire of two lawyers, including partner Alessandro Stoppa, from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
Ashurst corporate partner Fabio Pizzocheri has joined Italian firm Grimaldi Studio Legale to launch its London office.
Kemp Little founding and senior partner Richard Kemp has resigned from the firm’s partnership to launch his own IT boutique.
Kennedys has called on its fixed-share partners (FSPs) to top up their capital contributions to 30 per cent of their salaries in response to HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) changes to partnership taxation.
Weil Gotshal & Manges banking chief Stephen Lucas is leaving the firm for Kirkland & Ellis after three years at the firm.
DLA Piper has hired one of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s top private equity partners, Tim Wright.
Ladbrokes general counsel and company secretary Jonathan Adelman has left the business, with deputy Annabel Bannerman taking on the top legal role.
Latham & Watkins has a concentrated global strategy - which extends to its European presence.
The rock ‘n’ roll ante is cranked up to 11 as the UK legal market’s battle of the bands makes some ear drums bleed. Possibly.
A solicitor jailed for 21 months following US bribery charges has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) and ordered to pay £7,000 costs.
The Lawyer Management Awards entry deadline is looming - here’s why innovation in the legal market matters.
The Lawyer’s weekly leadership interview has proved very popular with readers. In our regular slot we find out the stories behind the figures, and what makes law firm managing partners tick.
Legacy Lawrence Graham (LG) has lost the final two partners who joined the firm from legacy Tite & Lewis in 2004, with head of corporate finance Christopher Tite leaving the firm for Wedlake Bell.
On receiving the email about Legal Harmony, my heart leapt, yet at the same time sank. Suddenly, memories of cold churches and Hark the Herald came back.
Devs Singers were initially formed in 2012 by Eileen Macqueen as part of Devonshires’ corporate social responsibility programme.
We were very fortunate that when we moved into our new building in 2007, space was put aside for a music room, and shortly after the move, Norton Rose Fulbright started to provide subsidised music lessons
Singing is good for your health. Really. All the research says so, and not just the writers of features on Gareth Malone. And it is certainly good for morale.
For any litigant a seven-year legal battle is going to take its toll. Spare a thought then for former Clarkson Wright & Jakes partner Leslie Seldon who has been at war with his former firm since his forced retirement back in 2006
Manchester-based Linder Myers is understood to have put up to 50 jobs under a redundancy consultation on recommendation from Assure Law, which rescued the firm from administration earlier this year.
Linklaters has appointed partner Sarah Wiggins to lead the City corporate practice, as predecessor Shane Griffin’s four-year term comes to an end.
Linklaters has implemented pay rises for all associates with 3 year PQE lawyers seeing the biggest rise, receiving a salary boost of 5 per cent from £89,000 to £93,500.
Lloyds Banking Group’s general counsel of retail and wealth Stuart Morgan is expected to become the first general counsel of thread and zips manufacturer Coats.
Lloyds’ retail general counsel Stuart Morgan has grabbed his coat, quite literally
If 2013/14 was the year of game-changing moves by private equity partners, could this year be the turn of their leveraged finance colleagues?
The clinking of champagne glasses is likely to resonate around the City tonight, as four newly merged firms celebrate formal tie-ups
Misys chief of staff Tom Kilroy says lawyers have a lot to learn from their accountancy counterparts when it comes to pleasing clients.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) increased its spend on external lawyers to £10m in 2012/13 from £3m a year earlier, despite its number of in-house legal staff climbing up to 230.
The University of South Wales has launched its inaugural panel after it was created following the mergers of Glamorgan and Newport universities last year.
Nabarro is gearing up for its first managing partner elections in 15 years, three years after the board appointed incumbent Andrew Inkester in 2011.
Wish you were here? That’s the legal market’s proverbial postcard from Manchester, the front image now featuring a Nabarro office with three Addleshaw Goddard partners inside
A number of law firm leaders have been newly elected recently: Freshfields, Clifford Chance, Travers Smith and Herbies to name just a few. How big is the scale of their task?
Norton Rose Fulbright has updated its maternity and paternity policies, following a survey of all women who have taken maternity leave from the firm over the past five years.
It’s not been the easiest time for salaried partners in LLPs. Their tax status has been queried by the HMRC following suggestions that they have been enjoying a ‘disguised salary’ status. Trouble is, official guidelines on how to deal with the issue have been woolly at best. Read ‘Tax Code Breakers’, our investigation into how firms are coping with the headache, below.
Rarely do corporate law firms and gangsta rap cross paths, but last week the two temporarily collided as headphone-maker Beats became Apple’s largest-ever acquisition
Olswang has hired seven lawyers for its German patent team, including the former head of legacy Hammonds’ Munich office, Herbert Kunz.
Osborne Clarke, Parabis, RPC and Shepherd & Wedderburn are the latest to reveal increased promotions rounds this year.
Osborne Clarke’s turnover shot up by more than a quarter in 2013/14, from £112m to £142m, setting all staff members up for a 2 per cent bonus.
The news yesterday that DWF has hired Andrew Chamberlain, the mastermind behind Addleshaw Goddard’s process-mapping, low-cost initiative and Manchester-based Transactional Services Team (TST), draws attention again to DWF as one of the pioneers of process
Partners at Squire Sanders and Washington DC-based Patton Boggs have agreed to merge the firms and new outfit Squire Patton Boggs will launch within a week.
Former Clarkson Wright & Jakes partner Leslie Seldon has pursued a seven-year legal battle against his former firm, which included a trip to the Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Employment Appeal Tribunal signalled the end of the road for the case. Katy Dowell reports
After “overwhelming support” for the Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders merger from partners last Friday, the lovebirds aren’t waiting a minute longer. Despite delays understood to have been caused by Patton Boggs’ high-profile legal battle with Chevron, the US duo will officially ...
Patton Boggs has handed over $15m to Chevron and issued a statement of regret, bringing to an end its high-profile legal battle with the oil giant.
Berwin Leighton Paisner has unveiled a 5.6 per cent rise in turnover for the 2013/14 financial year to £246m and boosted profit per equity partner (PEP) to £542,000.
The debate over profit per equity partner (PEP) as a financial metric never seems to go away. Earlier this year Dentons decided to stop disclosing global PEP to The American Lawyer, saying it was ‘meaningless’. For a British take on the issue, read what former Ashurst boss Charlie Geffen has to say.
Slaughter and May lost out on the mandate to advise client Europcar on the £500m refinancing of its UK business, with the car rental giant turning instead to Pinsent Masons on the deal.
Heineken is expected to hand its new sole advisory mandate to either Eversheds or Pinsent Masons but neither CMS Cameron McKenna nor Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are expected to be invited to tender for the contract.
Mergers are tricky to pull off at the best of times, and sometimes there are random and unforeseen consequences. As our links below show, mergers can lead to some big names changing home, or knotty integration issues.
A EU court has backed the “right to be forgotten”, but what does this mean for freedom of expression?
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Insurance group QBE has turned to Australian supermarket chain Woolworths for its new group general counsel, hiring Peter Horton to succeed incumbent Duncan Ramsay who is leaving the organisation after 21 years.
Insurance giant QBE has revamped its roster of external advisers for its European operations and created two distinct panels for the first time.
A raft of US firms, including Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Sullivan & Cromwell, have stepped up to advise on the $14.2bn acquisition of Merck’s consumer care business by Bayer.
Unprecedented consolidation in the consumer insurance market has halved the number of key industry players in the UK200, The Lawyer’s research has revealed.
Just a week after the end of the 2013/14 financial year, results are beginning to roll in from UK firms – and those results are pretty good
Clarke Willmott has posted revenue growth for the first time since 2007/08 with turnover climbing 9.3 per cent to £36.2m at the latest year-end.
Baker Botts has returned to advise Russian state-owned energy giant Rosneft after adding former a former Linklaters lawyer and Rosneft contact to its team.
RPC’s partnership has elected commercial litigation partner Rupert Boswall as its new senior partner with immediate effect.
Shearman associates, here’s 6.4 per cent more sterling for the year ahead. The firm has gifted its UK-qualified lawyers a tidy pay rise after the firm’s London office recorded 20 ...
Shearman & Sterling and Cravath Swaine & Moore have played lead roles in Japanese group Mizkan’s $2.15bn acquisition of Unilever’s North American pasta sauce businesses, Ragu and Bertolli.
Shearman & Sterling has boosted associate salary rates across the board in its latest UK lawyer salary review, a move which follows a London turnover rise of 20 per cent.
Simmons & Simmons has made up eight to its partnership today, with 50 per cent of the new partners based in London.
Blame Gareth Malone. The legal profession’s first ever choral competition, Legal Harmony, is taking place in Southwark Cathedral this week. Competing for the ultimate prize, and raising money for their own charities, are Devonshires, Kingsley Napley, Norton Rose Fulbright, Sidley Austin, Travers Smith, Wragge Lawrence Graham and 23 Essex Street. Read some of the choir diaries and place your bets.
Image sharing app Snapchat has turned to Hogan Lovells for the appointment of its first general counsel.
Clyde & Co has entered the South African market with something of a bang. It has poached two partners from Linklaters’ ally Webber Wentzel to launch in Cape Town. Clydes has a habit of nabbing partners from Linklaters allies; it did the same in Australia
Utility company South Staffordshire Plc has cut its informal panel from 25 to four with DWF, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, SGH Martineau and SAS Daniels being awarded the mandate to advise the company.
Newly-weds Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham want to get even closer. Following the successful conclusion of their merger talks, they’re now after an office where they can really get to know each other. Just don’t bother offering them a Canary Wharf office.
Brecher partner Nicky Richmond goes back in time with a visit to Spaghetti House and find you get what you pay for
Speechly Bircham’s head of intellectual property (IP) Alexander Carter-Silk has quit for Brown Rudnick, while its corporate recovery chief Christopher Harlowe has resigned for offshore firm Mourant Ozannes.
Squire Sanders and Washington DC-based Patton Boggs have agreed to a wholly merit-based remuneration structure once the two firms merge on 1 June.
The Aim market has seen a substantial uptick in early 2014, with firms including offshore giant Appleby, Stephenson Harwood and Watson Farley & Williams gaining clients.
Two major rulings from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal this morning will be enough to keep litigators talking for weeks.
If you want to find out what’s going on, ask an expert. The Lawyer’s regular peer panels quiz leading practitioners and business professionals on the key trends in their areas. Hear it from the horse’s mouth.
Taylor Wessing has formed an association with South Korean firm DR & AJU, becoming the latest UK firm to make a move into the jurisdiction.
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If King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s senior partner Stephen Kon should ever have a bad day, he could do worse than give client Universal a bell. The call would likely be music to his ears, if this week’s cover feature is anything to judge by.
Abby Winkworth is marketing and business development partner at IBB Solicitors. She joined the firm from Deloitte in 2007.
There’s only one thing on Nicky Richmond’s mind at Oxford’s Magdalen Arms - pie.
Harsh fines await old-school bung chuckers; Employment Appeal Tribunal grapples with whistleblowing and dismissal; and family courts are streamlined to provide quicker justice
Will bankers and their large pay packets ever be rehabilitated?; France’s data protection watchdog sharpens its fangs; and a fishy intellectual property story heads for England’s high court
A recent Microsoft case in the US highlights the lack of clarity over data security, and European businesses need to take note.
Sainsbury’s has added TLT and King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin to its revamped roster in its third panel review.
Bristol-headquartered TLT anticipates profit will increase at the firm on the back of an 18 per cent increase in turnover from £49m to £57.9m for the 2013/14 financial year.
Pinsent Masons’ move to set up a training contract focused on the Middle East underlines the commitment that firms have to make to grow their own talent, rather than relying on laterals. Hogan Lovells did the same in Moscow and Davis Polk in Hong Kong: who’s next?
The relationship between client and external lawyer is fundamental to the business of law. To that end, last year The Lawyer created the first-ever award for excellence in client service in which private practice lawyers had to be nominated by the clients they serve.
DLA Piper has promoted 45 lawyers to the firm’s global partnership with effect from the 1 January 2014 in the US and today in the UK.
Chicago-based law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman has created a dedicated City-based asset management group with the hire of two new partners.
Watson Farley & Williams has overhauled its remuneration to fixed-share partners in the wake of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) national insurance (NI) crackdown.
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Weightmans has continued its growth trajectory with a 6 per cent increase in turnover, from £82m to £87m for the 2013/14 financial year.
Weightmans has announced the promotion of seven partners, including its first non-lawyer partner, marketing director Sarah-Jane Howitt.
Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Latham & Watkins finance partner Reena Gogna, just weeks after the departure of its banking chief Stephen Lucas.
Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein will soon expand its China presence to Beijing on the back of increasing revenues from the jurisdiction.
Eversheds partner Bruce Dear visits Winston’s Churchill’s most beloved lunch venue, Wiltons, and finds an oasis of calm in the midst of a bustling city
Winston & Strawn has hired a team of four corporate lawyers from DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office led by Asia corporate head Mabel Lui.
Wragge Lawrence Graham walked away the winners of the legal profession’s inaugural choir competition Legal Harmony last night as the judges praised the firm’s ‘outstanding’ performance.
Lord Alan Sugar has hit Kinglsey Napley with a £1.3m professional negligence claim over an allegedly botched property deal, according to papers filed at the High Court.