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Approaches to business development planning

Business developement is perhaps the area within any law firm which has traditionally been the most heavily reliant on face to face interactions; both externally between partners and clients, and internally through engagement with colleagues. These are interactions which have ceased to exist for several months, with most predictions indicating that they may never recover to their pre-pandemic levels.

UK Supreme Court offers lessons for landlords of multi-tenanted buildings in Cayman

In the UK, it is common for mutual-enforceability covenants (the nature of such covenants is explained below) to be found in the leases of flats located in apartment blocks. The enforcement of such a covenant was considered by the UK Supreme Court in Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2020] UKSC 18. While such mutual-enforceability covenants are (to the best of the author’s knowledge) not used in the Cayman Islands, the decision offers important lessons about leasehold obligations, especially where the same landlord enters into leases with multiple tenants in the same building.

Cayman injunctions in aid of foreign proceedings

Where a potential judgment debtor in “onshore” proceedings threatens to dissipate its assets, the plaintiff may face a Pyrrhic victory with no assets against which to enforce its judgment. Where the defendant is a Cayman company or has assets in Cayman, the Cayman Court has a statutory jurisdiction to grant a freezing injunction in aid of those foreign proceedings, which can extend to the worldwide assets of the defendant.

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OFT probe could split Government

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Wragges snatches Eversheds Birmingham chief

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