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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 […]

Standard Life Aberdeen plc – successful outcome in arbitration

An arbitral tribunal established in respect of the dispute between the Standard Life Aberdeen (“SLA”) and Lloyds Banking Group / Scottish Widows (“LBG”) has ruled in favour of SLA. In particular, the tribunal ruled that LBG was not entitled to give notice, on 14 February 2018, to terminate the investment management agreements in respect of […]

Newsflash: Canary Wharf Brexit frustration dispute settled

By Gwendoline Davies, Martin McKeague We reported, in February this year, the High Court’s decision in Canary Wharf v EMA [1] that Brexit will not frustrate (and therefore effectively terminate) the European Medical Agency’s lease at Canary Wharf. The High Court’s decision was generally welcomed because, had the High Court found for the EMA, countless leases and commercial contracts […]

A new energy and carbon reporting framework is in force

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson A new energy and carbon reporting framework applies from 1 April 2019, following abolition of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the introduction of corresponding increases in rates of climate change levy. The Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations […]

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Premier tax barristers emerge as £2m elite

Top tax barristers have become the premier league of the bar, with premier silks charging up to £5,000 an hour and £50,000 for a day-long conference. Silks at sets such as Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers, Pump Court Tax Chambers and 11 New Square routinely charge 10 times the £500 going rate for an average commercial […]

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The future of nuclear power in the UK is a contentious issue and the recent Energy Review has done little to clarify things for lawyers, says Paul Ryan Over the past two years or so there has been a lot of talk about whether, and how, the UK would embark on a new round of […]

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Last year it was children. For those with long memories one of Tulkinghorn’s finest hours came when the great man decided to rank the UK legal market’s best and brightest on a combination of money earned and offspring sired. The result was Tulkinghorn’s inaugural ‘Lawyer Offspring Survey’, which produced the groundbreaking profit per child (PPC) […]

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Tax barristers gatecrash the bar’s expanding £2m-a-year club

The superstars of the bar are continuing to command extraordinary fees, with 18 commercial and tax silks understood to have earned more than £2m last year. Research carried out by The Lawyer has revealed that the tax bar is leading the pack, with two QCs in each of the main tax sets in the exclusive […]

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