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Three firms make the grade in Network Rail’s slimmed-down panel

Network Rail has more than halved its panel in the past six years, with the latest review seeing three firms wins spots until 2024.  The spots have been taken by Dentons, Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds Sutherland and will be in place until 2024. The contract is worth £70m. Stuart Kelly, group general counsel at Network […]

WeWork to carry out inaugural panel review in Europe

WeWork is to launch its first formal panel review across Europe this year, after the arrival of its new general counsel Sarah Nelson Smith at the end of 2018. The workspace giant hired Nelson Smith from KFC over the summer, who is gearing up to review the company’s current legal arrangements in the first half […]

Twelve firms on the radar in National Grid panel review

National Grid has launched its first panel review in four years with the energy provider seeking an “unparalleled” service from its prospective legal advisers. Any firms wishing to pitch for the work has until late March. Firms will be expected to cover at least 12 listed practices. The business last renewed its panel firms in […]

NHS drops 11 firms from streamlined commercial panel

NHS Commercial Solutions has rolled out a new legal panel, with firms including Addleshaw Goddard, Clyde & Co and DAC Beachcroft winning places. The three firms have been reappointed to the procurement organisation’s framework, as well as Mills & Reeve and Trowers & Hamlins. A total of 19 firms have made it on to the new roster; new additions are Browne Jacobson, Sintons, […]

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The Bermuda Private Trust Company Guide

Private trust companies (‘PTCs’) may be described as companies established to act as trustees for one or more trusts that are related in some way e.g. made in connection with the same family group, philanthropic or charitable organisations, business or investment funds. Bermuda has a stellar international reputation and is a popular jurisdiction in which […]

Where will it end? A different perspective

The reach of the Supreme Court’s decision in the goods and services discrimination complaint of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd [2018] IRLR 1116 is starting to reveal itself. In the recent EAT decision in Gan Menachem Hendon Ltd v Groen UKEAT/0059/18/OO the Tribunal’s finding of direct discrimination on grounds of religion or belief was overturned on the basis […]

How can AI automation transform legal departments?

Neota launched their first in a series of roundtable events in New York this week. The event was designed for in house legal departments to discuss how they can leverage AI automation to transform their legal department and overcome the challenge of achieving ‘more with less’. We were joined by professionals from KPMG, JP Morgan, […]

2019 Gender Pay Gap Reporting

By David Smedley, Andrew Raymen The 4 April 2019 deadline for private sector employers with more than 250 staff to publish their second round of gender pay gap reports (based on a ‘snapshot date’ of 5 April 2018) is fast approaching. What trends and observations can be drawn from the 2018 reports and how can […]

Avoiding GDPR fatigue | GDPR periscope series

By Emma Erskine-Fox The date is 25 May 2018. Everyone’s talking about the GDPR. Colleagues across the business are engaged, even excited, about data protection. Regular questions about how the GDPR affects their day-to-day jobs are pouring in. Fast forward to today’s date. You may well be finding that ‘GDPR fatigue’ is starting to set […]

Tupe case law update

By Louise Clifford, Siobhan Bishop How significant have been the developments in TUPE case law over the past 12 months? There have been a number of TUPE cases during 2018 but it has not been a year of ground breaking change. Much of the case law has been reiterating some well-established principles. However, the fact that there […]

Determination of “Loss” following an “Automatic Early Termination Event” under the ISDA Master Agreement (1992 Multicurrency-Cross-border form)

In Lehman Brothers Finance AG v Klaus Tschira Stiftung GmbH [2019] EWHC 379 (Ch), Snowden J was asked to resolve a series of questions concerning the determination of “Loss” following an “Automatic Early Termination Event” under the ISDA Master Agreement (1992 Multicurrency-Cross-border form). The main issues related to the date by reference to which the determination of […]

Commercial Court clarifies law on audit negligence

Mr Justice Bryan in the Commercial Court has today handed down a wide-ranging judgment in AssetCo plc v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2019] EWHC 150 (Comm). Following a 12 day hearing in June and July 2018, the judgment runs to some 1274 paragraphs. The claim arose out of the admitted negligence of Grant Thornton in […]

Court of Appeal addresses the application of SAAMCO in the context of audit negligence

The Court of Appeal has today unanimously dismissed an appeal by Manchester Building Society against a judgment of Teare J holding that the Society’s former auditor, Grant Thornton, was not liable for mark-to-market losses incurred by the Society in relation to various long-term swaps. The proceedings arose out of hedge accounting advice provided to the […]

North Sea Oil JOA Appeal Dismissed

The Court of Appeal has today unanimously dismissed an appeal by two participants in a North Sea oil joint venture, Centrica and TAQA, against a judgment of Robin Knowles J holding them liable to pay their share of pension scheme deficits incurred by the operator in relation to the joint operations. The proceedings arise out […]

High Court discharges freezing orders for breach of the duty of full and frank disclosure and considers jurisdictional issues

In PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky & others [2018] EWHC 3308 (Ch), a decision handed down on 4 December 2018, Fancourt J discharged worldwide freezing orders up to US$2.6 billion obtained against the Defendants, declined jurisdiction over foreign Defendants, and stayed the proceedings against English Defendants. The judgment is as an important reminder of the duty […]

Market snapshot: Employment

By Alexandra Rimbu In the context of the ever-changing labor market general framework, in 2018 Romania took decisive steps to align its legislation with the country’s economic landscape. In the process, the Romanian legislator adopted two laws: one regarding internship and one regarding telework.

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