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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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Unilever ditches local counsel as part of in-house legal restructure

Unilever has overhauled its internal legal team, scrapping local general counsel in favour of a matrix reporting system for senior in-house lawyers. The Anglo-Dutch conglomerate is also set to slash its legal bills after re-evaluating the way it works with outside counsel. The changes look set to benefit firms with extensive international networks. Katrina Burchill, […]

Leading Portuguese firm splits

Lisbon law firm F Castelo Branco & Associados has split as one of the founding partners has quit to start up another new firm with seven of the firm’s lawyers. Rui Carlos Colmonero, a rated specialist in the tourism and travel industry, has called his firm RCA – Colmonero & Associados. The firm will specialise […]

Sonsini, the scandal and the ‘Mad Dog’

The row surrounding Hewlett-Packard has dominated the US press for the past few weeks. There have been all sorts of righteous editorials decrying the “free-wheeling” Silicon Valley business practices that the nation thought it had rid itself of when Enron went down the pan. Given his importance in the Valley, it’s no surprise that California’s […]

Nexus Solicitors

The story of Nexus Solicitors begins six years ago, when five lawyers from medium-sized national firms decided that they wanted something more out of their careers. Firm: Nexus Solicitors Turnover: £2.7m Total number of partners: Seven Total number of lawyers: 25 Main practice areas: Corporate and commercial, commercial property, dispute resolution, employment, sport Key clients: […]

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LoanCheck struggles to build panel due to conflicts

Claims firm LoanCheck is struggling to build a legal panel for suing financial institutions and brokers and is citing law firms’ conflicts of interest as the problem. The company says it needs a panel of litigation firms to deal with more than 600 cases of mortgage and loan mis- selling. It has spoken to 20 […]

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