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Redress scheme outcome challenges – Have they ended?

By Paul Gair The recent case of R. (on the application of Holmcroft Properties Ltd) v KPMG LLP 2018 WL 04636705 has confirmed that Judicial Review is not the appropriate avenue for a bank customer unhappy with an accountancy firm acting as a ‘skilled person’ in approving an offer of compensation by his bank under a redress […]

English Courts grants freezing order against unidentified individuals

By Nick Curling In CMOC v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 3599 (Comm) the claimant, China Molybdenum Company (CMOC), successfully obtained a worldwide freezing order against a class of unknown respondents. This was the first time the English Courts have granted a freezing order against unidentified individuals. Background The claim underlying CMOC’s freezing order application related to losses […]

Pay.UK releases rules and guidance for the confirmation of payee (CoP) service

By Elena Kyriakou On 18 October 2018 Pay.UK announced it had released to the market the standards, rules and guidance for the confirmation of payee (CoP) service. This is the latest in the line of industry initiatives to help protect consumers from falling victim to Authorised Push Payment (APP) fraud. When delivered by payment service providers, […]

Social housing monthly law update – October 2018

By David Isaacson Highlights of this month include: Autumn budget coming up Government announces new generation of council housing Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 receives Royal Assent Government announces new housing measures Download the full update to get fully up-to-speed on the past month.

Austria – Has due diligence obligations for shareholder creditors increased?

The Austrian Insolvency Code provides for the possibility to challenge certain disadvantageous transactions carried out by the debtor after material insolvency has occurred, especially if the creditor knew or should have known of its debtor’s material insolvency. This risk of legal actions being contested is of particularly high relevance for shareholders who are also creditors […]

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This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 8th December 2013

It was only a 45-second outburst – and what was really said may never be established conclusively. But when a former government chief whip robustly expressed his views about cycling and closed gates to Downing Street coppers, he set in train events that led to a recent landmark decision in the Court of Appeal that […]

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By Niall Murphy and Tom Wilde Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his Autumn Statement 2013. The following is a summary of the main tax points of interest with draft legislation enacting the proposed changes to be published on 10 December 2013. Corporation tax: as previously announced, the main rate for corporation tax will fall from […]

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Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided BVI advice to Atlantis The Palm and Atlantis The Palm Holding Company on an $880m (£540m) syndicated loan. Banks involved in providing the loan include Barclays, HSBC, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Union National Bank and Emirates NBD. Audrey Robertson and […]

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It’s not clear how Weil Gotshal & Manges feels about author William Boyd but ‘The Ice Cream Wars’ probably isn’t its favourite book. The firm has been hit with a £10m professional negligence claim by private equity house Bancroft after its sweet deal with a Slovakian ice cream company turned sour. Bancroft bought a 94 […]

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