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New research reveals risks to UK mid size businesses

The contribution of just under 30,000 businesses with an annual turnover of £10m to £149million is seriously at risk from a lack of identity, shortage of skills and talent and macro-economic uncertainty, a new benchmark report has revealed. Released today, the report uses an unprecedented range of intelligence about UK mid size businesses’ priorities, strengths […]

Online pricing, unfair practices and consumer protection

By Gwendoline Davies High street jeweller H Samuel has been fined for providing misleading pricing information online. The case highlights both what retailers can and can’t do when it comes to posting prices and promotions; and a new national and international drive towards the enforcement of consumer protection laws. Retail and Commercial Dispute Resolution specialist Gwendoline […]

Canary Wharf Brexit frustration case: The latest

By Gwendoline Davies, Martin McKeague Walker Morris reported, at the end of last month, the High Court’s decision in Canary Wharf v EMA that Brexit will not frustrate (and therefore effectively terminate) the European Medical Agency’s lease at Canary Wharf. The High Court’s decision was generally welcomed because, had the High Court found for the EMA, countless leases […]

Supreme Court confirms security of tenure

By Ruth Ormrod Why is this case relevant to retailers? Where a commercial tenant’s lease is protected under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the 1954 Act), the tenant has a statutory right of renewal. Security of tenure is especially important for retailers, as one of their most valuable assets – goodwill – […]

Retail fraud on the rise

By Gwendoline Davies, Tim Pickworth  What are the issues and key risks? Recent analysis released by payments group Adyen has revealed that 60% of British retailers have noticed an increase in fraud over the last year. This is backed up by hard statistics – the Office for National Statistics figures released at the end of […]

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Collyer Bristow has announced that it has recruited intellectual property (IP) specialist Tim Bamford from Withers, where he had been a partner since 2005.  Bamford is the latest in a series of four partner-level hires to join the firm in the last three months. His new role commenced on 2 January 2014. He is an established IP litigator with […]

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — January 2014

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Melanie Chell of Shoosmiths features in Motor Finance Power 50 list

Melanie Chell, head of Shoosmiths’ asset finance team, has been included in this year’s Motor Finance Power 50, which lists the 50 most influential and powerful people in UK car finance.  Ranked at 25, she is included in a list that features chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne and governor of the Bank of England […]

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Cleary and Sidley Austin advise Japan’s Suntory on $16bn US whiskey maker deal

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Sidley Austin have taken the lead roles in Japanese drinks maker Suntory’s $16bn (£9.7bn) acquisition of US spirits group Beam, the maker of Jim Beam. Cleary is advising Osaka-based Suntory in this acquisition, which is the company’s biggest ever overseas transaction. The firm’s team is led by New York […]

Conyers advises Hony Capital Fund V and New Good Management on privatisation of Simcere

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Hony Capital Fund V and New Good Management on the $495m (£300m) privatisation of Simcere Pharmaceutical Group from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by way of merger. Simcere is a pharmaceutical company specialising in the development, manufacture and marketing of branded and proprietary pharmaceuticals in China. Conyers co-chair […]

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