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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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Ofgem: The three degrees

Tackling climate change has been a longstanding issue for Ofgem’s legal team, but it’s just one of many challenges facing the regulator The recent floods in Gloucestershire and Yorkshire have put global warming and climate change firmly on the agenda in the UK. But for the legal department of energy watchdog Ofgem, which regulates the […]

Brabners’ Scouse teams to cohabit

North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has combined its two offices in Liverpool by moving into larger premises in the city. The firm’s 220-strong Liverpool staff has moved to Horton House in the Exchange Flags complex in the city centre. Brabners managing partner Michael Brabner said: “It’s always been the plan to move into one […]

Solicitors’ code leaves bar owed

The poor old bar is having a rough time when it comes to getting paid. The poor old bar is having a rough time when it comes to getting paid. First of all a huge chunk of chambers are not sure that legal aid will be available to them. Now an oversight in the Solicitors’ […]

Rowe Cohen split puts serious dent in revenue

Manchester-based Rowe Cohen has seen its revenue dip by nearly 40 per cent since it split in February this year. Total revenue for 2006-07 was £5m, down by 39 per cent from £8.2m the previous year. This follows the departures of three partners to launch Lewis Hymanson Small. The firm split due to strategic differences, […]

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