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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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In brief: Personal touch for personnel recruitment

A new legal recruitment consultancy has been set up by Hugh Kelly, former head of personnel at City firm Ashurst Morris Crisp. Kelly has co-founded Kellyfield Consulting with Mark Field, a former Freshfields corporate lawyer who has been working in recruitment with Quarry Dougall. Kelly says: “As a client in legal recruitment over the last […]

A&O loses Jamieson

Mark Jamieson has joined Moores Rowland Consulting as a senior manager responsible for professional firms. He has moved from Allen & Overy where he had been manager, practice management systems since 1992. At the City firm he was responsible for the selection and implementation of the Elite practice management system, which has been in operation […]

Judge pre-empts Taylor and cuts 'waffle' in record trial

A HIGH Court Judge took the first tentative steps to “cut the waffle” in the justice system, when he laid down time limits for the cross-examination of witnesses. Mr Justice Sedley, who pre-empted the recent practice direction of Lord Chief Justice Lord Taylor, set down rules to speed up proceedings in a protracted personal injury […]

Spotlight on courts

The new Courts Services agency and its first head Michael Huebner, according to the agency’s corporate plan, face the twin challenges of improving quality of service while closing the gap between civil business income and expenditure. But the programme for the agency is the standard government model of more efficiency through more cuts. Huebner says […]

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