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Predatory marriage conference

Earlier this month, The Institute for Policy and Engagement at the University of Nottingham ran an in-depth virtual conference discussing the need for action on the issues surrounding predatory marriage.

To build or refurbish: the embodied carbon dilemma?

Out with the old and in with the new has long been a mantra in the construction sector. Old buildings are demolished to make way for newer, more energy efficient structures. However, talk is now turning to “embodied carbon” and whether it really is better to keep building new, instead of refurbishing old.

Spotlight on … Nottingham

The home of Robin Hood, Lord Byron and Boots, Nottingham is a city with a rich history and cultural heritage. It is also ambitious, forward looking and has a bright future. With a plan to become the UK’s first carbon neutral city, it also has a unique opportunity to reimagine large swathes of the city with the following developments …

Ground rent reform: fixing one problem and creating another?

The draft bill to implement the government’s ground rent changes finally reached the House of Lords in May 2021. This legislation had been long awaited and, largely, the provisions were as expected following the earlier consultations and government announcements and discussions.

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Supreme Court of Canada on contract interpretation: Lessons from Corner Brook (City) v. Bailey

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision in Corner Brook (City) v. Bailey provides helpful clarification and direction respecting the interpretations of contracts. The case arises in the context of the interpretation of a release. However, it has significantly broader application and reaffirms the contextual approach to the interpretation of contracts previously articulated in the SCC’s 2014 decision in Sattva.

Simplify legal holds with Everlaw

Are you still manually tracking your legal holds with spreadsheets, emails and notices written from scratch? To boost accuracy, efficiency and compliance, you might want to consider automating your legal hold process.

Update on EI for vaccine refusal

There have been clear indications that the Government of Canada does not want the Employment Insurance (EI) system to subsidize individuals who are terminated or put on leave due to a refusal to be vaccinated without medical or other valid reasons.


Taylor Wessing loses 12 Paris partners to Nixon Peabody

Taylor Wessing loses 12 Paris partners to Nixon Peabody” />Taylor Wessing’s embattled French office has lost the majority of its partnership, with 12 non-equity partners resigning to join US firm Nixon Peabody. Eight partners, six of whom are in the equity, remain at Taylor Wessing France (TWF) after the resignations. TWF and Nixon Peabody are […]

Why Bear’s not out of the woods yet

BEAR STEARNS Shareholders’ litigation could still go to full trial Since its sudden acquisition by JPMorgan in March, US investment bank Bear Stearns has racked up a series of disputes with the likes of Barclays Capital. The latest courtroom battle is hot news. Last week (11 August) The Lawyer was at the New York State […]


By the book: Thomas Murphy, William Hill

He may sleep easy at nights, but the US ban on internet gambling and restrictive tax and competition regimes mean William Hill GC Thomas Murphy has plenty to occupy his waking hours. William ;Hill ­general counsel and company secretary Thomas Murphy operates in a legal and regulatory minefield. As he explains: “Gambling is one of […]

Hammonds takes two associates as partners

Hammonds has ramped up its banking practice with Kirkland & Ellis senior associate Samrad Nazer and Denton Wilde Sapte senior associate Iain Shurwood who both join the partnership. Both Nazer and Shurwood join the firm’s banking practice in London and will work alongside partners David Sachs and Graeme Carney. Hammonds banking head Jonathan Edwards said […]

Kirkland faces US malpractice case

Kirkland & Ellis is being sued for malpractice by former patent client Magnetek. The move comes after the US firm lost a patent case on behalf of the electronics company. The case, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, relates to a 1998 litigation between Magnetek and Ole K Nilssen, who owns […]

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