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Court of Appeal rejects international law challenge to UK decisions on the Chagos Islands

The Court of Appeal (Sir Terence Etherton MR, Green and Dingemans LJJ) has today handed down judgment in conjoined appeals arising from the UK Government’s 2016 decisions: (i) not to support or permit resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT); and (ii) to provide a support package of approximately £40m over 10 years for Chagossians in the communities in which they now live: R (Hoareau and Bancoult (No.5)) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2020] EWCA Civ 1010.

Cayman trusts: A toolbox for tough times

With trust assets becoming more unusual in nature, beneficiaries establishing careers and family homes across the globe, and the regulatory environment growing increasingly complex, the modern trustee can be faced with a wide range of issues to address and challenges to overcome.


Top sets defy downturn with massive turnover rise

The majority of leading chambers have reported significant increases in this year’s turnover. Fountain Court is leading the pack with a mammoth 32 per cent rise in fees to £25m.Brick Court has displaced One Essex Court as the set with the highest turnover. It is the first chambers to break the golden £30m mark, after […]

Legal Widow

“It’s outrageous to accuse lawyers of wanting to eke things out,” said the Lawyer, carefully arranging the peas on his plate into a neat figure of eight.The children, who wanted their pudding, started a slow handclap.“What?” demanded the Lawyer. “What have I done?”Because, in spite of all the profession’s protests against the Audit Commission’s findings, […]

I'm still standing

In his first interview since Andersen collapsed, Tony Williams reveals to Catrin Griffiths the nightmare of the past few months – and how not everyone played fair Well, the last few months haven’t been much fun, says Williams, whose recollections are punctuated by the odd bark of mirthless laughter. Still, for a man whose world […]

Freehills and Alban Tay end alliance

The joint venture between Australian firm Freehills and Singapore firm Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva has been terminated by mutual consent.Alban Tay partner Alban Kang said: “Each firm had its own reasons for wanting to end the joint venture. Our reasons for wanting to join with a large international firm have not changed. If […]

Gleiss acts for Karlsberg in huge selloff to Heineken and Paulaner

Gleiss Lutz, Herbert Smith’s German best friend, has advised Karlsberg on the sale of 45 per cent of its alcoholic beverages division to Heineken and Paulaner. Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Frankfurt office acted for the purchasers.The two companies reportedly paid around e100m (£63.9m) for the stake in Karlsberg. Heineken and Paulaner bought the stake through […]

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