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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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A year ago this week

Axa suspends Berrymans and Kennedys from litigation work The Lawyer revealed that Axa Insurance had suspended Berrymans Lace Mawer and Kennedys from handling litigation claims for the company after failing an audit. In a letter dated 10 January 2000, Axa’s external legal advisers were informed that as part of Axa’s legal review, Berrymans’ London office […]

Freshfields moves aside as BNFL creates panel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Der-inger has lost its position as sole legal adviser to British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) following the company’s decision to appoint its first ever panel. Freshfields has been BNFL’s main law firm since 1971, but Hammond Suddards Edge, Eversheds and DLA are now advising the company on a number of areas housed under corporate […]

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The rules of public international law have long placed restrictions on the measures that a state can take against the property or person of foreign nationals. One area in which the international rules are well developed is in relation to the protection of foreign investments. International agreements between states establish protections by “internationalising” the applicable […]

Ever the twain?

“What a really super guy – does a lot of work for charity; doesn’t like to talk about it.” Harry Enfield’s DJ parodies Smashie & Nicey gave the UK charity sector a comic appeal, but with around a £24bn turnover in 2000, it is anything but a joke. There are now over 185,000 organisations on […]

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