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Parent liability for international subsidiaries and jurisdiction disputes

By Nick Lees, Tim Pickworth  Why is this case important? Whether a UK parent company’s duty of care may extend to foreign subsidiaries has hit the legal headlines a number of times recently [1].  The Lungowe case concerns pollution and environmental damage allegedly caused by an international subsidiary based in Zambia.  It centres on whether, and how, the […]

High Court refuses to remove charge despite mortgage fraud and void transfer

By Kate Hicks, Calum Davies Why is this case important? In the recent case of Dhillon v Barclays Bank PLC [1], the High Court considered ‘exceptional circumstances’ which may justify a court not making an order for alteration of HM Land Register despite a transfer being void for fraud. Facts and fraud The claimant, Ms Dhillon, lived at 47 Moresby Road, London […]

Settlement agreements – commonly negotiated terms

By Antonia Blackwell In this article, the third and final guide to drafting settlement agreements in our masterclass series, we focus on those extra terms which are most commonly sought by both the employer and the employee and the limitations which might be placed on them. Extra terms Our previous two articles have considered how […]

Reducing stress on relationship breakdown

By Caroline Watson April is Stress Awareness month, co-incidentally happening just as divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled to enable a couple to end their marriage more easily and put an end to fault-based petitions. It is hoped these changes will mean less acrimony and an end to the ‘blame game’. […]

An end to ‘no-fault’ evictions of residential tenants

By David Perry, Peter Williams The government has announced proposals to stop landlords ending residential tenancies on a no-fault basis. The government announced on Monday in a press release – with no warning – that it is proposing to end the practice of residential landlords ending assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England on a no […]

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Quadrant expansion sees chief exec hire

Quadrant Chambers has appointed its first chief executive to drive through the expansion of the set. Tim Gerrard joins Quadrant from Jersey-based trust manager Hawksford International, where he worked as chief operating officer following its management buyout last October. It comes as the set reported a 33 per cent increase in turnover, from £15.8m at the 2007-08 year-end to […]

Lovells reaps rewards of poor pound as rivals toil

The first financial results from firms in the top 10 have started trickling out, with the massive impact of sterling’s decline against the euro and the dollar helping bolster Lovells’ 2008-09 revenue figure. Ashurst and Eversheds have also posted their results, with the former reporting a drop in revenue of 7 per cent, while the latter’s turnover […]

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BLG tight-lipped on fee-earner redundancies as 49 staff enter consultation

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has launched a redundancy consultation with 49 staff  and an undisclosed number of fee earners. It comes just weeks after the firm offered half of its September trainee intake £2,500 to defer for six months. In a statement chief executive Clint Evans said: “This is not only a response to […]

Russian convolution

The vexed question of extradition between the UK and Russia (which has increasingly arisen in cases involving commercial and corporate issues) continues to engage the courts in this country and to stir controversy and debate. There is a common perception that extradition between the two countries is not legally possible. This is only half true. […]

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