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On November 8, and for the first time in Portugal, it happened the Pro Bono Day, an initiative dedicated to the cooperation between Law firms, Clearinghouse, Nonprofit organizations, and Law students, as well as to create synergies between Legal Pro Bono stakeholders in Portugal. This initiative took place within the European Pro Bono Week, which this […]

The end of a trend for injunctions against persons unknown?

By Anjali Patel, Lucy Shepherd The High Court has refused to continue an injunction curbing the actions of protesters outside a clothing store. In recent years many injunctions have been sought against persons unknown to restrain the actions of trespassers and protestors. Frequently, these are sought on a quia timet basis, meaning in advance of any […]

Quarter 4: Employment Case Law Update

By Navi Atwal, Simon Fennell, Michael Briggs Continuing our quarterly case law series we look back at some of the key cases since July 2019 and the lessons which we can learn from them. Holiday Pay In Harpur Trust v Brazel, the Court of Appeal (“CoA”) considered whether holiday pay for ‘term-time’ workers should be capped at […]

Renewing subsisting telecoms agreements under Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

By Richard Willcox The Upper Tribunal has clarified another aspect of the new Electronic Communications Code, this time in respect of the complex interplay between the Code and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. When Parliament decided that the relationship between telecoms legislation and property law needed an urgent overhaul, two particular issues were at the […]

VAT on High Court enforcement fees

As we have had a number of enquiries from clients, we have prepared a briefing regarding the coverage during the last week on whether High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) charge VAT on their statutory fees, which was initiated by a question in the House of Lords on 15th October. We also understand that some of […]

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Elliott triumphs in Linklaters senior partner race

Linklaters has elected Robert Elliott as its new senior partner, replacing David Cheyne after a three-way fight for the role. Global banking head Elliott saw off a challenge from litigation chief John Turnbull and European managing partner Jean-Pierre Blumberg. He will take over from Cheyne on 1 October for a five-year term. Voting closed earlier […]

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The mothballs are coming off the bunting and the country is engaged in some feverish polishing of its best silver as the biggest street party for a generation is set to get underway. Yes, that’s right. Simmons & Simmons has elected Colin Passmore as its new senior partner (see story). Passmore will officially be handed […]

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Reading-based Boyes Turner has boosted its commercial and technology group with the hire of CMS Cameron McKenna partner Isabel Davies. Move of the week She will work alongside IP head Sarah Hadland. At Camerons Davies was chair of the TMT group. She advises on ­contentious and ­transactional issues and her client base ­covers IT, media […]

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There are potential weaknesses inherent in the BVI Vista trust structure, warns Jonathan Russen QC Like the non-charitable purpose trusts that may be established in other offshore jurisdictions, the Virgin Islands Special Trusts Act 2003 (Vista) trust recognised under the laws of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a useful vehicle for the medium- to […]

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