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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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Law Society under fire over plans for training revolution

The Law Society was last week accused of ambushing the legal profession with radical proposals to overhaul legal education. The Training Framework Review (TFR) – established four years ago to bring flexibility to the qualification process – wants to abolish the requirement for a law degree or vocational training, such as the LPC, to qualify […]

Maitland Chambers – UK 100

Turnover: £21m Heads of chambers: Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC and Charles Aldous QC. Total tenants (silks): 43 (10) Door tenants: Six Chambers contributions: 18 per cent Revenue per barrister: £488,000 Top cases last year: National Westminster Bank v Spectrum Plus Ltd (in creditors voluntary liquidation); Roland Brandwood & Ors v Bakewell Management Ltd; Nicholas van Hoogstraten; […]

De Brauw undergoes sweeping shake-up of management team

Leading Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has restructured its management function to bring it in line with common practice in the UK and US. A new position of chief operating officer (COO) has been created, which will be filled by corporate litigation partner Barbara van Duren-Kloppert. The review has also seen the election of […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs – UK 100

Turnover: £81.8m Profit per equity partner: £240,000 Equity spread: £150,000-£300,000 Net profit: £16.8m Profit margin: 21 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £80,000 Revenue per lawyer: £130,000 Revenue per partner: £615,000 Revenue per equity partner: £1,169,000 Cost per lawyer: £103,000 Profit per lawyer: £27,000 No of partners: 133 No of equity partners: 70 No of female […]

Robert Muckle corporate partner joins Eversheds

Muckle corporate partner joins Eversheds” />Eversheds has lured corporate partner Alan Fletcher (left) from Newcastle’s Robert Muckle. Fletcher is dual-qualified in Scottish and English law and qualified as a chartered accountant prior to his time as a lawyer, training with Arthur Andersen in Scotland and then working for Ernst & Young in Newcastle. Fletcher is […]

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