17 September 2012

Featured case: Banking and finance

Case of the week Banking and finance Assenagon Asset Management SA v Irish Bank Resolution Corp Ltd (formerly Anglo Irish Bank Corp Ltd). [2012] EWHC 2090 (Ch). Briggs J. 27 July 2012 The technique used by the issuers of corporate bonds known as exit consent was no more than a coercive threat which the issuer […]

Righting the wrongs of Hillsborough

Last week’s devastating revelations in the Hillsborough Independent Panel report look likely to initiate a wave of new investigations – civil and criminal – related to the tragic events. Lawyers are at the heart of this particular matter. On one side the report proved highly embarrassing for Squire Sanders, containing as it did claims that […]

High Court
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Who pays?

A judge rules that an LLP member is not responsible for indemnity insurance premiums A High Court ruling over who can be held liable for firms’ indemnity insurance premiums in the assigned risks pool (ARP), the insurer of last resort, has upset what has been a smooth renewal period. It is the final year of […]

Julian Knowles

Families of the 96 dead vindicated

The truth may be out, but the passage of time is likely to stand in the way of prosecutions and new inquests, says Julian Knowles QC, Matrix Chambers Knowles advised the Hillsborough Family Support Group in the Stuart-Smith Inquiry in 1998 If, like me, you went to football matches in the 1970s and 1980s then […]

Daniel Bennett
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40,000 fans and I know the truth

In the North Stand at Hillsborough, I was among those who saw the disaster unfold – but our story still remains unheard, says Daniel Bennett, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers On 15 April 1989 I was sitting in the North Stand at Hillsborough with a perfect view of the Leppings Lane end. Along with 40,000-odd other […]

Olympics

Freshfields’ sporting bet

Marathon Olympics gives Freshfields chance to sprint ahead Even for a global law firm, there is something imposing about London 2012’s extensive list of sponsors. First there is the razzmatazz-heavy group of eleven ‘worldwide Olympic partners’ – the elite roster of sponsors – including Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. Then there are the ‘Olympic partners’ such as […]

Luiza Da Costa

The Lawyer Management: Express Solicitors

Luiza Da Costa joined Manchester-based firm Express Solicitors as a recruitment and training manager in February this year, the first of 40 new members of staff amid a £3m expansion plan. She joined from William James Recruitment where she specialised in areas of personal injury, clinical negligence, industrial disease and law costs. Please describe the […]

Berezovsky
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Costs-effective

Although lawyers have been the big winners in mammoth commercial court cases in recent years, costs are falling proportionally In brief The costs amassed during the recent court battle between Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich have raised eyebrows, but efforts made by the courts in recent years have brought about a sea-change in case management […]

Market value

World stock markets brace for a flurry of major flotations After Facebook’s anticlimactic $16bn (£10bn) listing earlier this year and a quiet summer, you could be forgiven for thinking the IPO market is dead. But if September so far is anything to go by, the window could be about to open once more. A flurry […]

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Global paths

London is the bright spot in Gide Loyrette Nouel’s international downturn When Gide Loyrette Nouel embarked on a strategy of internationalisation it was carving out a unique path in the French market. None of its domestic rivals have followed the same route of opening offices around the world while also maintaining a Gallic identity and […]

Tim Cook Apple

Cell division

Mobile phone giants square up for a big scrap over 4G technology It was no big spoiler when an insider told The Korea Times last week that Seoul-based Samsung was – drum roll – planning to sue Apple over the iPhone 5. Having already filed around 50 lawsuits in 10 countries the frenemies are now […]

Mary Ellen Callahan
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EU and US eye privacy in parallel

The idea that the EU takes a harder line on privacy and data protection than its US cousins is a myth, says Mary Ellen Callahan, partner, Jenner & Block For almost two decades, a myth has been circulating that the European Union’s approach to privacy and data protection is “stricter” than the sectorial approach the […]

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