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Life Science Law Update – organ donation and access to psychotherapy

Popular initiative “Supporting organ donation – saving lives” The Federal Council supports the proposal of the initiative to allow organs to be removed from a deceased person if he or she did not oppose this during his or her lifetime in principle, but will suggest introducing certain measures in order to safeguard the rights of […]

Nitrate pollution concerns halt housebuilding on Solent

By Angus Evers, Matthew Price Five local authorities in the Solent area have put a hold on determining planning applications for new housing as a result of advice from Natural England about nitrate pollution. Following two rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the ‘Dutch Case’ (C-293/17 and C-294/17) and ‘People […]

The tenant that never was

By Liam Phillips, Michael Callaghan The grant of a lease to a non-existent tenant highlights the importance of checking that companies in a transaction are registered at Companies House. Mr Darlow granted a lease of a restaurant in Cardiff to a company called Seafood Shack UK Ltd. The identity of the tenant had been set […]

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20 Essex Street has for many years been involved in some of the most significant cases in this area. These have included: the bank charges litigation; assorted ‘credit crunch’ litigation arising out of the collapses of Lehmans, Kaupthing, MF Globaland other financial institutions; the RBS rights issue litigation; the Cukurova FINCARs litigation; and leading cases […]

International arbitration

20 Essex Street has a strong reputation as a leading arbitration set. It has an exclusive team of 18 leading international arbitrators from around the globe. In addition, the set has 60 barrister members who act as advocates and arbitrators under all of the world’s major institutions’ auspices. The firm’s high-quality silks and juniors deal […]

Ashurst and Bird & Bird among firms to win Santander panel spots

While so many in-house teams seem to be cutting the number of firms appointed to their legal panel, Santander has been doing exactly the opposite. The bank has upped the total number of firms on its main roster from 24 to 30. But that doesn’t mean it’s been giving lawyers an easy ride. The bank […]

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The long, hard road to Morocco

A diverse range of law firms are now battling for work in the former French bastion The balance of power in the Moroccan legal market has shifted. Whereas the jurisdiction was once the fiefdom of the French, exploiting historic links with the Francophone North African kingdom, it has developed into a multi-tiered market where Anglo-Saxon […]

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SJ Berwin: a promising afterlife?

For both SJ Berwin and Ashurst the lure of an Asia deal was irresistible. Between them, they had been involved in numerous US merger talks, but the rise of the Asian economies after the financial crisis saw them being drawn east. We’ll see whether that was the right economic move in a decade or so. What this week’s in-depth […]

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