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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: Eversheds takes on admin director

Eversheds has appointed a new director of administration from property adviser Debenham Tewson & Chinnocks. Peter Gore was managing director of Debenhams for eight years and will be director for the Eversheds national team. Peter Cole, Evershed’s national managing partner, said: “Peter will be playing a valuable role in our development as a national law […]

Deadline looms for Bar scheme

CHAMBERS are being urged to join the Bar Council’s new pupillage clearing house scheme as the deadline for applications looms. The Bar Council promises that its new Pupillage Applications Clearing House Scheme (PACH) will offer a “fair and orderly” system for selecting pupils to serve their 12-month pupillage. The deadline for applications is 16 February, […]

Slaughters denies bid work rumours

Slaughter and May partner Nigel Boardman will not be gearing up for bid defence work on behalf of blue chip client Standard Chartered Bank. Despite recent newspaper stories about bids from other top banks and an item in The Sunday Telegraph last week, Standard Chartered insists there are currently no merger talks. Boardman, whose previous […]

In brief: MP proposes national legal service

Austin Mitchell MP, chair of the National Legal Services Group, has called for the creation of a national legal service provided by salaried staff. He outlines his proposals in the February issue of Legal Action, the Legal Action Group’s journal. He says such a service, made up of a network of law centres and a […]

College of Law picks female directors

The College of Law has appointed two women directors of college branches – the first in its 33 year history. Last week’s appointments follow recent figures which show that a third of practising solicitors are women. Latest government statistics, from 1994, show that well over half of law graduates are women. (These figures do not […]

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