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Can Brexit frustrate a lease? Canary Wharf v European Medicines Agency

By Perran Jervis The High Court has ruled that a commercial lease is not capable of being frustrated by Brexit, rejecting two different arguments on frustration presented by the tenant. While the case related to the effects of Brexit on a commercial lease, the decision on the doctrine of frustration is also of significance in […]

Implied duty of good faith endorsed for relational contracts

By Perran Jervis In the recent case of Bates v Post Office Ltd (No.3) [2019], the High Court decided that certain provisions contained in contracts between the Post Office and sub-postmasters were subject to an implied duty of good faith. Despite the traditional reluctance of the English courts to recognise a general duty of good faith, […]

Right to be Heard vs. “Surprising” Contract Interpretation

By Urs Feller, Andreas Schregenberger Urs Feller and Andreas Schregenberger explain why an appeal against an award based on a “surprising” contract interpretation may as a rule not be successful. It can happen that written stipulations in a contract are not what they seem: a clear obligation cut in stone.This may hold especially true if […]

The International Comparative Legal Guide: Project Finance 2019 – Switzerland

By Daniel Hayek, Mark Meili In the 2019 edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Project Finance, Daniel Hayek and Mark Meili provide an overview of the legal framework and challenges facing Project Finance in Switzerland – including collateral, bankruptcy, restrictions on investment, insurance and arbitration. Key Insights:- What are the main trends/significant developments […]

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Harris & Cartwright win record damages for accident victim

The record pay-out – understood to be the second highest for personal injury ever awarded in England – was made to an American who was brain damaged in a collision with a minibus driven by a man without a license. The damages win comes just a year after Slough-based Harris & Cartwright won the highest […]

The giant client

Ntl/Travers Smith Braithwaite If football is anything to go by, then telecoms company NTL is an acquisitive beast. Just look at the number of teams it is sponsoring this season – Aston Villa, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Rangers. So at first glance, an observer could be forgiven for thinking that NTL does the […]

Leading Wilson Sonsini partner leaves to join venture capitalist

Barry Taylor to spearhead Warburg Pincus’drive into Silicon Valley; fourth Wilson Sonsini partner this year to jump ship Silicon Valley giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is losing another top partner to the the venture capitalists. Barry Taylor, a member of the firm’s executive committee with responsibility for compensation, is joining long-standing client Warburg Pincus. […]

Technology venture capital

Technology venture capital specialist Elderstreet Investments sells 82 per cent of its share capital to Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Private Equity. Elderstreet represented by CMS Cameron McKenna (David Bresnick). Dresdner advised by SJ Berwin (Blair Thompson).

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