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High Court rules on key contractual issues in post office group litigation

By Gwendoline Davies, Nick McQueen On 15 March 2019, the High Court handed down its first judgment on substantive issues in the high-profile Post Office Group Litigation, as Commercial Dispute Resolution specialists Gwendoline Davies and Nick McQueen explain. The judgment, which stretches to 315 pages, is notable because it covers many different key contractual issues, […]

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By Christina Gill January 2019 saw two key cases concerning ‘unfair relationships’ between lenders and borrowers. Banking & Finance Litigation specialist Christina Gill looks at Pontearso v Greenlands Trading and Pilgrim Rock v Iwaniuk  and explains the latest key takeaways for lenders. What is an ‘unfair relationship’? Section 140A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CCA) provides […]

The changing face of non-disclosure agreements

By Jo Tunnicliff Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst has announced that the rules surrounding non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality clauses will become more restrictive. We look at the proposed changes and how these could impact employers. How are such agreements used at the moment? Currently, a large number of employers use NDAs and confidentiality agreements to […]

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Debenhams’ return to the LSE ensures saga ends well for all

The story of Debenhams’ move into private hands and its return to the London Stock Exchange in just three years is one of barefaced opportunism, great timing and good management. It is also a story of how one firm’s relationship with a private equity client brought it work worth more than £6bn over just three […]

Beachcroft dumps Wansboroughs for LLP switch

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is set to hire two external non-executive directors as it marks its conversion to LLP status with the formation of a new management board. The firm converted to LLP status on Monday (1 May) and has also changed its name to Beachcroft. The seven-partner management board will make strategy and management decisions and […]

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Ropes & Gray began life in 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts. In the 140-odd years since, it has grown to 775 fee-earners – of whom almost a third are equity partners – and opened offices in New York and San Francisco. In January 2001 the firm merged with New York IP outfit Fish & Neave, adding […]

Weightmans profit and turnover rocket

Weightmans has emerged from several years of low profitability with a stunning 25 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) and an 18 per cent income rise. The North West firm is predicting PEP to hit £265,000 following a strong financial year, a rise of 25 per cent from last year’s £211,000. […]

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