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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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Online law database on the cards

Elizabeth Davidson reports An exhaustive database of statute and case law could soon be launched on the Internet. Civil servants have been working on plans for the database for the past six years and the government is almost ready to give the go-ahead to put it online. However, it has not yet been decided whether […]

Beach breach of duty

East Sussex County Council is being taken to the High Court by three local authorities in its area in a £1.3m claim over the cost of coastal protection work. Eastbourne Borough Council, Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council are claiming damages for alleged breach of a series of agreements which relate to coastal protection […]

Nacab head is appointed legal watchdog

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, has appointed Ann Abraham, chief executive of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux (Nacab), as the new Legal Services Ombudsman. Abraham will take over the post, where she will oversee complaints against members of the legal profession, in September when present Ombudsman Michael Barnes stands down. […]

Hammonds' private client lawyers move to Wrigleys

Hammond Suddards’ five private client fee earners and three support staff are to rejoin their former head Richard Archer at the Leeds office of private client practice Wrigleys. Wrigleys – founded by two Dibb Lupton Broomhead partners a year ago when Dibbs closed down its private client practice – hired Archer, a partner at Hammonds […]

Asim committee to plan for future

The Association of Solicitor Investment Managers (Asim) has set up a strategy committee to oversee a three-year business plan. It is the first time that the group has put resources into developing such a plan. The committee will consist of Asim chair Iain Nicholson of Iain Nicholson & Co, vice-chair John Morton of Brachers and […]

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