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Court of Appeal rules in favour of landlords

The Deregulation Act 2015 (the DA) and its Regulations significantly extended the obligations of landlords in the residential rental sector. The Act was of equal significance to fixed charge receivers who automatically assume the landlord’s legal duties to the tenant upon appointment.

Cayman Islands Funds Update: Q2 2020

This briefing provides a summary of a number of recent changes to laws and regulations which have been enacted in the Cayman Islands over the last quarter which impact, or will impact, Cayman Islands funds.

Examination of the relationship between e-sports and violence

It is of great importance to examine acts of violence resulting from the competitive environment in e-sport games where the games are played individually as well as a team, also where the physical and mental attributions are prominent, and the legal character of such acts. The sanctions for acts of violence caused by e-sports players or third parties involving in the games without playing are, in general, determined by the respective publishers of the game based on the tournament rules.

Upper Tribunal revisits “What is an HMO?”

It is vital that landlords, tenants and local authorities all understand when a property should properly be classed as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). The Upper Tribunal has recently revisited this issue as it affects blocks of self-contained flats in the case of Hastings Borough Council v Turner.


US counsel pay outstrips UK counterparts’

While McArthur may have landed a pay rise, Miller will probably have accepted a drop from her City pay packet. But both salaries will be dwarfed by those available to the highest-earning general counsel in the US. According to a survey conducted by Corporate Counsel, General Electric’s legal chief Benjamin Heineman scooped a $1.4m (£800,000) […]

BCCI and Equitable are over, but expect more drama in the new term

Joanne Harris and Ben Moshinsky round up what cases will be keeping the UK courts busy in the coming year This time last year two of the longest-running cases to have ever hit the English court system were still rumbling on, apparently with no signs of conclusion. But Equitable Life and BCCI both came to […]

WilmerHale and Willkie partners guilty of misconduct

The summer has not been rosy for WilmerHale or Willkie Farr & Gallagher after both firms saw former New York partners suspended from practice for misconduct. As revealed on (2 August), former Willkie tax partner Patrick Carmody was suspended for one year after being caught billing clients for around 129 hours, or $30,000 (£16,000) […]

Egorov case reshapes Russian antitrust law

Russia’s largest domestic firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has negotiated the end to a major Russian antitrust dispute that will result in new legislation to bring Russia into line with European antitrust practices. The case comes ahead of the implementation of a new federal anti-monopoly law, on which Egorov advised the Russian Federation. The […]

Boodle Hatfield boosts construction

Boodle Hatfield has strengthened its construction team with the hire of Kendall Freeman head of construction David Johnson. Johnson, a specialist in both contentious and non-contentious construction work who advises public and private sector clients, has been a partner at Kendall Freeman (formerly DJ Freeman) since 1988. He joins Boodle Hatfield today (4 September). Construction […]

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