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2019 Global Survey on the Commercialisation of Disputes – Cayman Islands

By Paul Smith, Spencer Vickers Q. Are lawyers able to enter into contingency /damages sharing agreements with clients? No, contingency fee agreements are unlawful. However, it is lawful for lawyers to enter a fair and reasonable conditional fee arrangement for an increase in fees to reflect the nature of the risk undertaken by counsel in accepting […]

2019 Global Survey on the Commercialisation of Disputes – Bermuda

Rhys Williams Q. Are lawyers able to enter into contingency/ damages sharing agreements with clients? No. These are prohibited by the Barristers’ Code of Professional Conduct 1981, Rule 96. The Bar Council has proposed allowing conditional/contingent fee structures however no steps have been taken to do so thus far. Q. Recoverability of client costs and/or success […]

Should inheritance tax be simplified?

By Aidan Grant The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has published a number of recommendations for how inheritance tax (IHT) could be amended and simplified. While these amendments do not go so far as to shake the foundations of the tax itself, nevertheless the proposals would require all practitioners to come to terms with the […]

Focus on IP Article

Rob Fahrenheim’s article has been published on the ‘Business Game Changer’ website, discussing the importance of protecting your Intellectual Property. Please read the full article below. Why protect your IP? Intellectual property rights are often a business’ best kept secret. Managers are typically well aware of the cost and value of their physical assets, such […]

Malcolm Gammie QC appears in the successful dismissal of an appeal by the administrators of Lehman Brothers

The Supreme Court handed down judgment in HMRC v Joint Administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) [2019] UKSC 12 on 13 March 2019.  Malcolm Gammie QC appeared for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs with Catherine Addy QC. The issue before the Supreme Court was whether the estimated £5billion of statutory interest that was payable under […]

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Matthew Arnold

A new office and a place on Barclays’ panel sees Matthew Arnold expanding In July, Watford-based Matthew Arnold & Baldwin moved into a 1,600sq ft four-storey open-plan office. It might not be Canary Wharf, but it is a long way from the previous five small offices spread across three Victorian buildings.The new premises, along with […]

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Dealing with lawyers can be so disappointing sometimes, as experienced by Christopher Digby-Bell at Palmer Capital Partners. Recently a firm (which shall remain nameless to spare its blushes) came in to pitch. Expecting at most two of them, he was astonished when half a dozen trooped in. There then followed a tedious hour or so […]

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