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Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

On November 8, and for the first time in Portugal, it happened the Pro Bono Day, an initiative dedicated to the cooperation between Law firms, Clearinghouse, Nonprofit organizations, and Law students, as well as to create synergies between Legal Pro Bono stakeholders in Portugal. This initiative took place within the European Pro Bono Week, which this […]

The end of a trend for injunctions against persons unknown?

By Anjali Patel, Lucy Shepherd The High Court has refused to continue an injunction curbing the actions of protesters outside a clothing store. In recent years many injunctions have been sought against persons unknown to restrain the actions of trespassers and protestors. Frequently, these are sought on a quia timet basis, meaning in advance of any […]

Quarter 4: Employment Case Law Update

By Navi Atwal, Simon Fennell, Michael Briggs Continuing our quarterly case law series we look back at some of the key cases since July 2019 and the lessons which we can learn from them. Holiday Pay In Harpur Trust v Brazel, the Court of Appeal (“CoA”) considered whether holiday pay for ‘term-time’ workers should be capped at […]

Renewing subsisting telecoms agreements under Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

By Richard Willcox The Upper Tribunal has clarified another aspect of the new Electronic Communications Code, this time in respect of the complex interplay between the Code and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. When Parliament decided that the relationship between telecoms legislation and property law needed an urgent overhaul, two particular issues were at the […]

VAT on High Court enforcement fees

As we have had a number of enquiries from clients, we have prepared a briefing regarding the coverage during the last week on whether High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) charge VAT on their statutory fees, which was initiated by a question in the House of Lords on 15th October. We also understand that some of […]

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After 256 days in court, the £850m misfeasance claim, brought by the liquidators of the Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI) against the Bank of England, sensationally collapsed last Wednesday (2 November). Essex Court Chambers’ Gordon Pollock QC appeared briefly to inform Mr Justice Tomlinson and the Bank of England’s legal team, including Freshfields […]

Euronext, Deutsche Börse ponder tough LSE bid conditions

The Competition Commission has given the green light for Euronext and Deutsche Börse to bid for the London Stock Exchange (LSE), but imposed some tough conditions that many believe are potential deal-breakers. Following a seven-month inquiry, the commission found that both bids would “substantially lessen competition” and ruled that the deals would only get the […]

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The concept of work-life balance is really being embraced these days among lawyers. Few, though, have done as well at marrying business and pleasure than former Addleshaws partner Susannah Sheppard. Sheppard, a competition specialist, is the sole UK distributor of Xoriguer gin, a tipple that hails from (and has until now only been available on) […]

Lawyers query Company Law Reform Bill proposals

Lawyers have welcomed the publication of the new Company Law Reform Bill, but doubts remain over some of its proposals. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Vanessa Knapp chaired the Law Society’s consultation committee for the bill until August 2005. She believes a clarification of directors’ duties is necessary to avoid conflicts of interest. The bill states that […]

Kilpatrick Stockton braces for more layoffs in London

Kilpatrick Stockton is set to conduct a swathe of compulsory redundancies as part of its ongoing bid to slash its London office. Preliminary voluntary redundancy negotiations have failed to reduce the office’s size as much as the firm’s executive committee had hoped – only cutting it by eight fee-earners to a total of 30. The […]

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