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Fracking, protestors and injunctions against ‘persons unknown’: Court of Appeal offers guidance amid controversial context

By David Manda, Ruth Ormrod In the recent case of Boyd v Ineos Upstream, a hotly anticipated appeal involving fracking protestors, the Court of Appeal has provided guidance on the highly topical subject of bringing injunctions against ‘persons unknown’.  Walker Morris’ specialist Real Estate Litigators David Manda and Ruth Ormrod explain and offer some practical advice.

Employment legislation update – May 2019

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment, Shakeel Dad The last few months have seen many announcements in relation to changes expected in the employment law arena. With new information being received almost weekly, our legislation update sets out the changes in chronological order and highlights the headline points together with the proposed or confirmed implementation dates.

Case Law Update – May 2019

Nosworthy v Instinctif Partners Ltd UKEAT/0100/18 – ‘Bad leaver’ provision requiring forfeiture of shares and loan notes was not unlawful In this case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a bad leaver provision forcing an employee to give up her shareholding if she resigned was not an ‘unconscionable bargain’. Nor was it void as […]

Leading businesses sign up for ethnicity pay gap reporting pledge

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment, Shakeel Dad In October 2018, the Government launched a consultation into whether mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting should be introduced along the same lines as gender pay gap reporting and with the same, 250-employee, threshold. As we await the Government’s response to that consultation, 15 prominent UK businesses have signed […]

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Lovells masterminds £3.4bn Granada bid

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No such thing as a sure-fire win

The legal department at Derbyshire County Council was caught out by the national media furore which declared the centuries-old tradition of displaying goods outside a greengrocers illegal. The department thought its magistrates court action against Ilkeston greengrocer Brian Godfrey, after he ignored a request to stop displaying his stock on the pavement, was a routine […]

YSG probes advocacy 'problem'

AN OPEN meeting is being held this week in a bid to encourage more solicitor advocates to apply for higher court rights of audience. The open meeting at the Law Society’s council chamber on Friday is being organised by the Young Solicitors Group which says it is “very concerned” at the “extremely limited take-up” of […]

Barrister in-fighting tackled

THE BAR is drafting new guidelines in response to the increasing number of attacks by barristers on colleagues’ behaviour in high-profile criminal trials. The guidance, backed by the Lord Chief Justice and the Law Society, will clarify how newly-instructed counsel should proceed in appeal cases where the lay client makes allegations against former counsel. However, […]

Indian opportunities

More than 110 lawyers from 20 countries across the globe met in Bombay last week to discuss business opportunities in India and Asia. The con- ference, held by the International Bar Association, was organised in conjunction with local lawyers and supported by the Indian and Bombay Bars. Topics included foreign invest- ment, business laws, infrastructure […]

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