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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 […]

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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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Simmons adds Paul Hastings employment partner to Shanghai team

Simmons & Simmons has secured the services of partner Lesli Ligorner, formerly the co-chair of Paul Hastings’ international employment law practice, for its Shanghai base. Ligorner, who is based in Shanghai, also chaired Paul Hastings’ China employment law and anti-corruption practices prior to joining Simmons. She is experienced in a range of matters, including employment […]

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Judgment call 5th March 2012

The court should order an interim payment if satisfied that the conditions in CPR r.25.7(1)(c) were fulfilled unless there was a specific reason not to do so. Civil procedure Revenue and Customs Commissioners v GKN Group (2012) EWCA Civ 57. Court of Appeal (Civil Division). Ward LJ; Lewison LJ; Aikens LJ. 31 January 2012 The […]

US firms take the pain with the gain

What do drink, drugs and BlackBerrys have in common with US firms’ London expansion? That’s right, they all ruin relationships. Just ask Goodwin Procter, Proskauer Rose and Ropes & Gray, all of which enjoyed close ties to Travers Smith before significantly expanding their City offices. But Travers is now reviewing its relationships with US firms […]

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