6 August 2012

Case of the week: Criminal procedure

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Pt 5 did not give the High Court of England and Wales jurisdiction to impose property freezing orders and disclosure orders in respect of property and persons situated outside the UK. Perry & Ors v Serious Organised Crime Agency (2012) UKSC 35. Lord Phillips JSC (president); Lady Hale JSC; […]

Salmond fishing

There’s nothing like an Olympic Games for stirring up some nationalistic fervour, and the scenes of jubilation that have accompanied each Team GB win certainly paint a picture of a nation united – even if we should by rights be cheering on Team UK. Northern Ireland’s Alan Campbell is hardly likely to quibble about donning […]


Sturdy Wellington

Domestic post-earthquake reconstruction work and strong trade ties in Asia are putting New Zealand’s lawyers on a good footing to ride out the economic malaise Unlike all the excitement and the tremendous changes happening across the Tasman Sea, New Zealand’s law firms are going about their businesses calmly and steadily. Although the influx of international […]

Time is relatives

Government proposals to spend less time with the family wins legal approbation The creation of a single family court will trigger mass investment in the family judiciary under fresh proposals put forward by senior family division judge Mr Justice Ryder last week. Family lawyers welcomed the report, Judicial proposals for the modernisation of family justice, […]

The Barclays massiv

The UK/US panel is big, but if the global roster ever met up it would need kettling Barclays’ biennial panel review in July 2011 was lauded by participating firms for being thorough and well run. The one criticism levied against the bank – not by the successful firms, obviously – was that its panel was […]


Freshfields loses traction with Porsche

Former go-to adviser takes a back seat as rivals overtake in car race Porsche was once one of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s most prized Continental clients, but conflicts have forced it to get out at the traffic lights. The firm acts for the Porsche family, with Vienna arbitration partner Günther Horvath the relationship partner. But because […]


Lobby socks

Government announces measures to tackle UK lobbyists’ lack of transparency Lobbying is a grubby word in the UK. The Government is looking to clean it up, especially after revelations about former defence secretary Liam Fox’s cosy relationship with best man Adam Werritty and his lobbying company Pargav. A consultation paper on a proposed UK statutory […]

Judgment call – 27 June 2012

Jeremy Michael Ranson v Customer Systems plc (2012) EWCA Civ 841. Pill LJ; Lloyd LJ; Lewison LJ. 27 June 2012 Employment A judge had erred in finding that an employee had breached a contractual obligation of fidelity and a fiduciary duty of loyalty to his employer in his contacts with potential clients for his new […]

Focus on slimmer, fitter firms

More redundancies are likely as firms merge or revise their markets reports James Swift News that Britain’s output fell by 0.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2012 – the third consecutive quarter of negative growth – will be a wake-up call for anyone in the legal market still bullish about an economic recovery. […]

Anya Proops

Committee casts vote for freedom

The FOIA does not require any significant changes, the HoC Justice Committee has found It is now seven years since the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) came into force. For many, FOIA has marked a hugely important constitutional step in the process of rendering the state more transparent and accountable to its citizenry. For […]


Prosecution made twits out of CPS

Charging a frustrated tweeter for his ‘menacing’ airport message was a waste of time and money Long distance relationships are always difficult to keep going. It must be frustrating when you are apart from the one you love and Paul Chambers, stuck near Doncaster in the snow, may have been feeling this when he tweeted […]

William Glassey, partner, Mayer Brown

Avoid traps of tax crackdown

Tax experts must check that any advice they give doesn’t fall foul of new Government edicts Mayer Brown” src=”/Pictures/web/c/n/i/William-Glassey-Mayer-Brow_150.jpg” /> William Glassey, partner, Mayer Brown The legitimacy of tax avoidance is under the spotlight. HMRC has enjoyed considerable success in challenging claims for tax relief of late, with a notable example being the refusal of […]

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