Latest Briefings

WM Video: Keeping Trade Moving Revisited

Last October our in-house lawyer training day sought to address the question of how can we keep trade moving? We looked at issues such as: the speed of change, Brexit, collaboration and the changing customer.

COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.


Litigator's View

in 1992 Baileys Motor Works contracted with D&K Electronics (which subsequently went out of business) to install a burglar alarm, including the provision of an alarm monitoring service. The monitoring element of the contract was subcontracted to HSS Alarms. That contract included a clause whereby HSS would indemnify D&K for loss resulting from HSS’s negligence, […]

Dunlop quits post at Shaw Pittman

Shaw Pittman partner Andrew Dunlop has quit the London office which he helped set up two years ago. Dunlop joined the US firm in 1998 from Freshfields along with Margaret Harvey, global legal head of Price Waterhouse, and Alistair Maughan from Dibb Lupton Alsop. But Dunlop has now left the firm without another position to […]

Criticism of Law Soc unfair

The expression on my face must have been a picture to any onlooker as I read the Perrin column (7 August) changing, as I read through, from puzzlement to incredulity to sheer hilarity. Where has Perrin been for the last three years? Does he not know that the Solicitors Complaints Bureau ceased to exist in […]


Davis Polk & Wardwell acted for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Private Equity and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding in relation to the arrangement of $350m (£233m) in financings for Choice One Communications. Partner Leonard Kreynin acted with an eight-strong team on the deal. US firm Nixon Peabody represented Choice One.

Lathams snares Weil Gotshal banking head

Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ head of banking James Chesterman has left the firm to join Latham & Watkins. He is the second partner arrival at Lathams’ UK office in the space of a week. GE Capital’s European general counsel Kevin Dunn recently announced his decision to join Lathams’ acquisition finance department, where he will be […]

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