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EECC Transposition – Portuguese Regulator ANACOM Publishes Draft

In this context, the Portuguese communications regulator (ANACOM) published on 4 August 2020 a draft document aimed at transposing the EECC (the Draft Transposition of the EECC), following a public consultation launched by the Government/ANACOM on 26 November 2019, in which various stakeholders provided their inputs on the matter. As a general rule, the draft transposition […]

Wrongful trading in Northern Ireland what is it and what has changed

Wrongful trading is a term that has received quite a bit of press over the last few months, mainly through the headlines generated by the UK Government’s unprecedented amendment to the wrongful trading provisions contained within our insolvency legislation. But what exactly is wrongful trading and what has changed?

Where feeding feels like abuse – a harrowing case

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership & North Bristol NHS Trust v WA & Ors [2020] EWCOP 37 Introduction This application concerned WA, a Palestinian refugee, who believes he was born on 29 December 1994, and who was therefore 25 years old. WA is a patient at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, having been admitted due to malnourishment. […]


Michael Lingens

Speechly Bircham revenue drop shows impact of RBS loss

Speechly Bircham has posted a fall in revenue for the 2011-12 financial year, with total fee income down by 3 per cent from £59.5m to £57.6m. Net profit also fell, from £14m to £11.3m, while average profit per equity partner dropped from £384,000 to £300,000. Earnings per partner, which is the total money paid to […]

John Cahill

Stewarts Law sets up litigation funding vehicle

Stewarts Law has established a corporate investment vehicle to allow its equity partners to invest in litigation in a tax-efficient manner. The litigation boutique has long funded a selection of cases on a conditional-fee arrangement (CFA) basis but, anticipating major reforms to the CFA system, the firm has established SL Equity Partners to allow investments […]

Chris de Pury

BLP and DLA take lead on Blackstone’s £400m student digs sale

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and DLA Piper were the lead firms on Blackstone’s £400m sale of its Nido Student Living business to Round Hill Capital – one of the largest real estate deals so far this year. The sale was funded through a consortium of senior and mezzanine providers – including M&G investments and Coral […]

Robert Adam

Higher, wider, stronger

Proposed changes to the Takeover Code could see the Takeover Panel expand its jurisdiction On 5 July, the Takeover Panel issued three consultation papers proposing changes to the Takeover Code. These papers addressed the questions of: which companies should be subject to the code; pension scheme trustee issues; and profit forecasts and similar issues. Much […]


Essex Court silks gear up for Singaporean court battle

Essex Court Chambers’ Toby Landau QC and David Joseph QC will go head-to-head at the Singaporean High Court next week in a mammoth $300m legal battle for Malaysian tycoon Ananda Krishnan and the Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group. It is the first time British QCs have been allowed to conduct advocacy in the Singaporean Court since […]

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