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Focus on IP Article

Rob Fahrenheim’s article has been published on the ‘Business Game Changer’ website, discussing the importance of protecting your Intellectual Property. Please read the full article below. Why protect your IP? Intellectual property rights are often a business’ best kept secret. Managers are typically well aware of the cost and value of their physical assets, such […]

Malcolm Gammie QC appears in the successful dismissal of an appeal by the administrators of Lehman Brothers

The Supreme Court handed down judgment in HMRC v Joint Administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) [2019] UKSC 12 on 13 March 2019.  Malcolm Gammie QC appeared for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs with Catherine Addy QC. The issue before the Supreme Court was whether the estimated £5billion of statutory interest that was payable under […]

Standard Life Aberdeen plc – successful outcome in arbitration

An arbitral tribunal established in respect of the dispute between the Standard Life Aberdeen (“SLA”) and Lloyds Banking Group / Scottish Widows (“LBG”) has ruled in favour of SLA. In particular, the tribunal ruled that LBG was not entitled to give notice, on 14 February 2018, to terminate the investment management agreements in respect of […]

Newsflash: Canary Wharf Brexit frustration dispute settled

By Gwendoline Davies, Martin McKeague We reported, in February this year, the High Court’s decision in Canary Wharf v EMA [1] that Brexit will not frustrate (and therefore effectively terminate) the European Medical Agency’s lease at Canary Wharf. The High Court’s decision was generally welcomed because, had the High Court found for the EMA, countless leases and commercial contracts […]

A new energy and carbon reporting framework is in force

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson A new energy and carbon reporting framework applies from 1 April 2019, following abolition of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the introduction of corresponding increases in rates of climate change levy. The Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations […]

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Ireland’s A&L Goodbody adds third US office in San Francisco

A&L Goodbody has added to its presence in the US with the launch of a San Francisco office. The move follows the firm’s launch in Palo Alto 18 months ago (22 December 2011), and gives A&L Goodbody its third office in the US. It has been present in New York for many years. Partner John […]

Disciplining employees in their absence: employers beware

There may be occasions when employers have to take disciplinary action against employees in their absence, but this carries legal risks. The recent dismissal of Gus Poyet from his post as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club live on BBC TV is a timely reminder for employers to beware when disciplining and dismissing […]

Simmons sees minimal decrease in both turnover and profit

Simmons & Simmons has posted a slight drop in turnover from £251.7m to £250.3m for the 2012/13 financial year, with a similar drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP). The latest financials, which are still unaudited, show that net profit remained stable at £66.2m in 2012/13, compared to £66m in the previous year. The […]

Native title taxation measures pass in final sitting week

In its final sitting week, the Commonwealth parliament passed three pieces of legislation that include important measures aimed at clarifying the taxation treatment of payments and benefits provided under native title agreements. Together, the Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 6) Act 2013 (Cth) and the Tax Laws Amendment (2013 Measures No. 2) Act 2013(Cth) […]

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