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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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Monckton Chambers – UK 100

Turnover: £8.7m Heads of chambers: Kenneth Parker QC and Paul Lasok QC. Total tenants (silks): 32 (11) Door tenants: None Chambers contributions: 16.5 per cent Revenue per barrister: £273,000 Top cases last year: GE-Honeywell; Replica Football Kit; calls to mobile phones judicial review; MCI Worldcom; IBA Healthcare. No of appearances in House of Lords: Nine […]

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Charles Martin, head of Macfarlanes’ international practice group, is of course a transactional lawyer extraordinaire. In his exalted position he takes responsibility for coordinating the firm’s relationships with foreign law firms and many of its major private equity and corporate clients. So his uncanny resemblance to Dr Strangelove’s General Buck Turgidson – the warmongering soldier […]

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett – UK 100

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