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WM Video: Keeping Trade Moving Revisited

Last October our in-house lawyer training day sought to address the question of how can we keep trade moving? We looked at issues such as: the speed of change, Brexit, collaboration and the changing customer.

COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.


Cameron McKenna to open Romanian office

CAMERON McKenna is expanding in central and eastern Europe with local mergers and a new Romanian office. Polish merger plans are due to be unveiled in March, The Lawyer can reveal. “From the end of the month, we will have 90 lawyers based in Warsaw, between 20 and 25 in Budapest and 10 to 15 […]


Judge's attack on Leigh Day sparks angry outburst from firm

SOLICITOR Martin Day has hit back at a High Court judge’s stinging ruling during high-profile tobacco litigation by accusing him of “living in an ivory tower”. Mr Justice Wright ruled that most of Leigh Day s clients who took action against tobacco giants Gallaher and Imperial fell outside the statute of limitations. He went on […]

Herbert Smith wins High Court battle against Inland Revenue

Herbert Smith senior partner Edward Walker-Arnott has won a major test case victory in a battle with the Inland Revenue. Walker-Arnott represented himself and the firm’s other partners as taxpayers in a two-and-a-half day hearing at the High Court. The case concerned how tax relief on £5m losses, from leases which the firm was left […]

Malaysian bar move to block foreigners

THE MALAYSIAN Bar Council is protesting strongly against a decision to allow foreign lawyers to practise there. At present, foreign lawyers can only act as consultants in designated areas and offer their services in offshore matters. New rights for foreign lawyers to follow enactments made 20 years ago under the Legal Profession Act 1976 only […]

Damages from Massive Attack

Massive Attack is being sued for damages of up to u100,000 for allegedly copying one of Manfred Mann’s songs on their album Mezzanine. Manfred Mann’s company, Petbrook and Creature Music, is heading for a High Court confrontation with Massive Attack members Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall and Andrew Vowles, and Virgin Records. It claims Massive […]

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