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Webinar recording: Blockchain and smart contracts

Our Technology & Digital Team, and Partner Sally Mewies held a webinar discussion with Senior Associate Luke Jackson covering blockchain technologies and all the potential they have in the financial services sector and supply chain.

Business Interruption Insurance Test Case: Supreme Court backs FCA

Today’s Supreme Court judgment paves the way for thousands of businesses to have their claims for Covid-related business interruption losses paid. We reported in September 2020 on a landmark High Court ruling for policyholders with certain business interruption insurance who have been forced to close as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The test case, which was […]

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Understanding what employees’ rights are and how this should be handled by employers has never been more important as we reach the peak of the pandemic.

Material adverse change clauses – draft carefully

The unprecedented situation that the coronavirus pandemic has delivered to global commerce has impacted on a variety of contractual issues related to non-contentious day-to-day transactions.

An employment guide to lockdown 3.0

With COVID-19 taking hold once more, the government has put the UK under a third lockdown, forcing all non-essential shops to close once again.

BVI update: “Black Swan” legislation passed

On 31 December 2020, the BVI House of Assembly passed the so-called “Black Swan” Bill amending section 24 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act (Cap. 80) so as to confer jurisdiction on the BVI Court to grant interim relief in support of foreign proceedings.


Alison Bond

Beware the stealth ABS revolution

Although they have made a quiet start, ABSs have the power to change the face of the legal sector A year on from the first alternative business structure (ABS) licences and the legal sector is beginning to see the effects. Although the pace of change has been slower than some predicted or hoped, there is […]


Selling cars helped Ashurst boost coffers by half a million pounds in 2011/12

Ashurst raised more than £500,000 by selling off company cars during the 2011/12 financial year after only a small number of partners opted into a car scheme. The firm’s LLP accounts, filed at Companies House on Tuesday (22 January), show that the firm disposed of motor vehicles worth £555,000 during the financial year, but slashed […]


Salans partners to double capital contributions when Dentons merger goes live

Salans partners in London are being asked to contribute 50 per cent of their previous year’s remuneration as capital when the firm merges with SNR Denton and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain in the coming months. The combined firm’s UK arm will take on SNR Denton’s capital structure, which requires lawyers to put half of their […]

Job Watch: Russia

Russia is an attractive destination for foreign investment, so how has this affected recruitment in the local legal sector? “With an influx of investment the banking and finance sector has shown a significant increase, particularly on the debt side,” comments Anthony Wiggins of Pro-Legal. “Corporate M&A work is also a key area for growth, with […]

Charles Samek QC

Silk joins 11 Stone Buildings from Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers has lost the head of its commercial group to 11 Stone Buildings. Charles Samek QC, who was called to the bar in 1989 and took silk in 2009, has taken his litigation practice to the business law set. His recent cases include a £130m Ponzi fraud in KBC Lease v Total Asset, a […]

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