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Canada-specific information concerning the key legal and commercial considerations when drafting a consumer contract. General contract law framework What are the requirements under national law for a valid contract to exist? The Canadian legal system is based on the common law tradition of the United Kingdom. In this respect, common law principles in Canada, such […]

European antiques market threatened by new regulation

By Kathryn Burke, Trainee Solicitor On 12 March 2019 the European Parliament plenary session adopted its position at first reading of a draft Regulation on the import of cultural goods from outside the EU into the Union.[1] Its President was instructed to forward its position to the Council, Commission and the national parliaments and it […]

Must article 2 inquiries seek to identify those responsible for the death?

In February 1989 Patrick Finucane, an Irish Catholic lawyer, was eating dinner with his wife and children when gunmen forced their way into his home and shot him 14 times. Thirty years later this murder remains one of the most notorious events of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’. An inquest the following year examined only the […]

Assessing lender risk in fund finance markets (GLI Chapters)

Lawyers from Jersey and the Cayman Islands have contributed to Global Legal Insight’s 2019 guide to assessing lender risk in fund finance markets. A zero-risk product? Despite being a relatively long-standing lending product, until very recently there had been no public payment defaults by funds in the fund finance space, and consequently, no test cases […]

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Ashurst Morris Crisp’s backroom departments have lost two, and possibly three, senior managers since Ian Nisse’s appointment as managing partner in May. The firm is still looking for a head of information technology, to replace David Lumsden, who left in May, while Sally James, head of personnel, is also to leave the practice. It is […]

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Holborn and City-based insurance litigation practice Jarvis & Bannister is splitting up. The firm’s joint senior partner Bill Jarvis, fellow partner Robert Wilson and assistant Christopher Odell will be joining insurance litigation firm Hextall Erskine this week. Leading aviation litigation lawyer Tim Scorer, who leaves at the end of the month, is to join Dibb […]

In brief: Sport and Law group links with Marathon

The British Association for Sport and Law is holding its annual conference – this year called “The Problems of Sport Outside the Stadia” – in conjunction with the London Marathon, for the first time. The organisers claimed they were the first to tackle the legal issues surrounding sporting events which take place on public highways […]

The nightmare next door

In the 1970s and 1980s the main subject of complaints received by local authorities about council housing was disrepair. Today these problems have largely been overcome, and they have been replaced by the problem of “neighbours from hell”. National and regional media have been swift to list complaints of antisocial behaviour by tenants on housing […]

In brief: Recruitment drive bolsters Freshfields

City firm Freshfields has elected 16 lawyers to its partnership. The appointments, which take effect from 1 May, raise its partnership count to 183. Six of the new partners are at the firm’s London office. Other appointments are at its offices in Barcelona, Brussels, Paris, Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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