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Fund finance market: How can lenders protect themselves?

By Alistair Russell, Richard Munden, Ardil Salem Although the fund finance market has historically been, and continues to be, a particularly low-risk one for lenders, recent events have led some to consider a rather rare and unlikely scenario: what if a fund simply releases or waives the commitments of its investors without lender consent? A credit agreement will […]

Five key employment cases: 2018

By Antonia Blackwell As we enter the festive period and the start of a new year, we take a look back on some of the most notable cases of 2018. Employer’s liability A managing director’s assault on an employee was held to be “in the course of employment” by the Court of Appeal, and therefore […]

Fraudsters are entitled to make use of the law of adverse possession

By Nick Shepherd, Lucy Shepherd The Court of Appeal has held that the law of adverse possession can be used to obtain ownership of a property even if the possession came about due to previous fraudulent activity. Background The case of Rashid v Nasrullah involved two people named Mohammed Rashid, whom the court for convenience termed MR1 […]

Ontario postpones retail cannabis licence applications at the eleventh hour

By Lewis Retik, William Bjornsson At 7:30 p.m. on the evening of December 13, effectively one business day before the application portal for Ontario retail cannabis licences was scheduled to open, the Ontario government announced that it will postpone its acceptance of cannabis retail licence applications. The move was announced as a response to continued […]

Brexit and the protection of geographical indications for food and drink

By Ravi Randhawa In this article we review the potentially complex and disruptive implications of both a ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ Brexit for UK and EU producers of GI-protected products given the current huge economic benefit (and cultural value) for the UK with over £5 billion gained in annual exports of GI-protected products. INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL […]

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IBM chairman takes post at Beauchamps

Dublin-based Beauchamps is restructuring itself along corporate lines as it recruits its first non-lawyer company chairman. Tom Hardiman, currently chairman of IBM International Treasury Services Compa ny and the National Institute for Technology Management, will take on the managerial role. Hardiman’s remit is to develop a commercially-orientated approach to business for the firm. Hardiman has […]

OFT investigatory powers prompt Transco to launch regional panel

Transco is setting up a regional panel to deal with the new investigatory powers of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) under the recently introduced Competition Act 1998. Under the act, which was brought into force on 1 March 2000, the director general of the OFT has powers to investigate suspected breaches. Under these powers, […]

Brief encounter: henmans

For a small regional firm, Oxford-based Henmans enjoys strong brand recognition. Not surprising really, given that the managing partner’s son is none other than tennis star Tim Henman. The firm itself has enjoyed its greatest successes in professional indemnity, most recently retaining its place on the panel of Hiscox, one of the largest Lloyd’s syndicates. […]

ING hacks in-house team

ING Barings is radically restructuring its legal department and making a raft of redundancies, including laying off the global head of legal and compliance. As part of a group-wide reorganisation, Ian Kellow, who is also managing director and general counsel, will be out of a job from April. As many as eight other roles in […]

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