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UK real estate and competition law – An insight

By Samuel R Beighton On 18 September 2018, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) announced that Heathrow airport (“Heathrow”) will pay a fine of £1.6 million in relation to an infringement of UK competition law arising from a restriction included within a commercial lease. Importantly, this case marks the first occasion that the CMA […]

Pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty

By Sandra Lando, Julie Djiezion For several years, there have been calls by some associations, including the Québec Association of Building Inspectors, for oversight of the work done by pre-purchase inspectors. On June 12, 2018, they resulted in the introduction of the Act mainly to improve the quality of buildings, the regulation of divided co‑ownership and the […]

Introduction of remediation agreement in Canada

By Glen Jennings, Matthew Doak The time has now arrived. A mechanism is finally in place in Canada that will allow for a better process to resolve criminal offences for corporations. In response to a consultation that ended in November 2017, the federal government introduced legislation amending the Criminal Code to allow for remediation agreements (better known as […]

Brexit poses challenges for intellectual property law

By David Barron, Ailsa Carter ‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the  involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law. In March 2018, the text of a draft “partial agreement” was published . It indicates that, assuming the UK […]

Executors may not realise they have an income tax liability

By Dominic Cole The Telegraph reports this morning that many executors are not aware that they are liable to pay taxes on income produced by estate assets during the administration period. Executors are personally liable to pay the tax and therefore, if they distribute the whole estate thinking there is nothing else to pay, they may […]

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Meeting the EU challenge

A new handbook for the Bar sets out to help lawyers with European Union law, says Nicholas Green QC. Nicholas Green QC is a barrister at Brick Court Chambers. European law represents an enormous challenge for all lawyers. But many lawyers have only a half-knowledge of aspects of EU law relevant to their practices, while […]

NI Law Soc refuses to aid women lawyers

The Northern Ireland Law Society has refused to help women pay for research on discrimination in the profession – despite anecdotal evidence of its presence. The Lawyer’s latest NI statistics reveal that only 14 per cent of partners in law firms are women and half the firms have no women partners at all. But women […]

CFA Insurer loses underwriter

Litigation Protection, one of the few companies which sell insurance for conditional fee arrangements, is losing its contract with its sole underwriter, Isle of Man Assurance. The move follows the departure of two of the three staff at the company, run and majority-owned by Brian Raincock. Three out of the five staff at sister conveyancing […]

Knight & Sons wins German contract

North-West firm Knight & Sons has won a four-way beauty parade held by the UK subsidiary of German industrial lubricant company Fuchs. Fuchs UK operates in Hanley, Staffordshire and Belper, Derbyshire. Twenty-partner Knight & Sons is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire and has recently opened a Manchester office. Fuchs UK managing director Michael Kost explained: […]

SAHCA unveils plan to ease route to advocacy for solicitors

A plan to abolish the three-year wait before newly qualified solicitors can gain rights of audience in the higher courts has been put to the Law Society. Mark Humphries, vice-chair of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA), is proposing that the Legal Practice Course (LPC), and Professional Skills Course (PSC), should be restructured […]

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