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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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Route to the top

Is size everything or is success simply a matter of focus? Leo Schulz reports on the strategy of the leading firms. The leading firms in this year’s Top 100 are much the same as those which appeared in our first survey 10 years ago. Clifford Chance, which had at that time only just merged, was […]

In brief: Dundas & Wilson woos rivals' lawyers

Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has poached two more lawyers from rival Scottish firms including Graham Sibbald, head of the corporate department at Bird Semple. Sibbald follows close on the heels of venture capital partners Robert Pirrie and Douglas Crawford from Maclay Murray & Spens, which has also lost senior assistant Caroline Ferguson to Dundas […]

Media lawyer attacks Aclec proposals

Proposals for a stricter rule on lawyers talking to the press will place excessive restrictions on solicitors, preventing them responding to police leaks, according to leading media lawyer Mark Stephens. The Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) has advised the Law Society to make explicit rules requiring solicitors, as soon as […]

Is Lambeth the future of local authority PFI?

The Labour government has new plans for PFI. Andrew Walsh argues that the recent contracting out of Lambeth Council’s services could point the way forwardA prime candidate for new Private Finance Initiative activity must be the local government sector, heavily regulated under successive Conservative governments and suffering a backlog of investment in infrastructure and services. […]

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