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Guernsey’s new ILS hybrid – getting even closer to the risk

Carey Olsen partner Christopher Anderson recently introduced the concept of a hybrid vehicle for use in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) industry. Here, he explains how and why he came up with the idea of the world’s first ILS hybrid. As is often said, the best ideas are always the simplest. That is reassuringly accurate for […]

Fracking, protestors and injunctions against ‘persons unknown’: Court of Appeal offers guidance amid controversial context

By David Manda, Ruth Ormrod In the recent case of Boyd v Ineos Upstream, a hotly anticipated appeal involving fracking protestors, the Court of Appeal has provided guidance on the highly topical subject of bringing injunctions against ‘persons unknown’.  Walker Morris’ specialist Real Estate Litigators David Manda and Ruth Ormrod explain and offer some practical advice.

Employment legislation update – May 2019

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment, Shakeel Dad The last few months have seen many announcements in relation to changes expected in the employment law arena. With new information being received almost weekly, our legislation update sets out the changes in chronological order and highlights the headline points together with the proposed or confirmed implementation dates.

Case Law Update – May 2019

Nosworthy v Instinctif Partners Ltd UKEAT/0100/18 – ‘Bad leaver’ provision requiring forfeiture of shares and loan notes was not unlawful In this case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a bad leaver provision forcing an employee to give up her shareholding if she resigned was not an ‘unconscionable bargain’. Nor was it void as […]

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BP chops in-house legal team

Up to 20 per cent of BP’s in-house lawyers are to be axed over the next couple of months as a result of the £67.5bn merger with Amoco completed late last year. BP is planning to cut its legal department, which employs over 340 lawyers worldwide. Peter Bevan, head of BP’s legal department, says: “The […]

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Many City firms are facing the coming year with fear and trepidation. The managing partners of most medium-sized firms risk losing a large number of clients to the bigger firms and, as such, the prospect of merging has become increasingly more attractive. Some firms have already indicated that they intend to fight their corner by […]

SPC chief blames delays on sabotage

The beleaguered Solicitors Property Centre Network Services (SPCNS) is nearly out of money and it claims that attempts to launch the first Solicitors Property Centre (SPC) in England were sabotaged by estate agencies. SPCNS director Tony Bogan says that the first SPC – which will offer a property selling service in house – would have […]

Swapping law for crocodiles

A trainee solicitor-cum-Crocodile Dundee adventurer has given new hope to those wanting to opt out of the law. Twenty four-year-old Abigail Wilkinson of Solihull gave up her traineeship at a Birmingham firm where she aimed to specialise in EU law, because she found it “boring”. Wilkinson then went backpacking in the Australian outback, fell overboard […]

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