By Anthony Korn This briefing sums up the Supreme Court’s much publicised ruling in Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd where a bakery chain based in Northern Ireland did not directly discriminate ‘on grounds of sexual orientation’ when it refused to supply a wedding cake with slogan ‘support gay marriage’ on it. Nor did it […]
By Christopher Young 1. This Review asks how can planning inquiries be improved to “significantly reduce the time taken to conclude planning inquiries, while maintaining the quality of decisions..?” 2. This Review expressly invites evidence from “those who are, or have recently been involved in the inquiry process. We want to draw on people’s first hand […]
By Dr Simon Fox The recent decision by Mrs Justice Yip in Welsh v Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust 2018 EWHC 1917 QB has given some useful further guidance on drafting agendas for experts’ joint meetings. Welsh v Walsall was a bariatric surgery case in which the Claimant claimed negligence in the surgery and post operative […]
By Russell Bailey In Patel v Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd  EWCA Civ 1689 the Court of Appeal gave clarification on the correct approach to a “fudged” appeal against a dismissal. Was there a dismissal or not?
By Rt Hon Mike O’Brien QC After the Anthony Bland case in 1993, it became the practice to get the courts to decide whether a patient in a persistent vegetative state could be allowed to die. Following a Supreme Court decision on 30 July 2018 in a landmark case called NHS Trust v Y  […]
Brexit uncertainty In stark contrast to last year, the views on Brexit have shifted with a level of uncertainty creeping in to what had been a clear-cut concern over the decision to leave the EU. Firms that had previously seen Brexit as a threat are now not so certain, presumably reflecting a view that maybe […]
By Giles Murphy Finding and retaining those talented individuals is becoming more difficult. Not only must law firms contend with traditional rivals, but also with new entrants, such as the Big 4 accountancy firms. At the same time, firms are looking to shore up their businesses with increasing specialisation and geographic expansion. Mergers and acquisitions […]
Did the expression “UK Legal Tech Landscape” once make you excited and now make you groan? Increasingly you are not alone. Overblown promises and a lack of clear solution-based thinking has driven confusion and disillusionment with legal technology. This is due, in part, to the fast pace of change in the legal industry and the […]
By Rob Aberdein In August 2018 Rob Aberdein explained proposed changes to the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) in Scotland. The legislation enacting those changes has now been approved by Parliament and the new regime will come into force on 29 October 2019. The legislation and guidance can be viewed here.
By JP Buckley The ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the previous Data Protection Act 1998. It applies where the breach was before 25 May 2018, when the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. We have seen from recent enforcement action that the trends continue… data protection and security is not […]
White & Case has snagged yet another partner for its London practice, this time from the global capital markets team at Kirkland & Ellis. Gilles Teerlinck joins the firm’s capital markets practice after almost six years at Kirkland, where he made partner in 2016. He previously spent three years at Linklaters, where he was a […]
Ince & Co’s global head of insurance Joe O’Keeffe has departed for Stephenson Harwood, just two weeks after it was revealed that Ince had entered into merger talks with Gordon Dadds. Insurance partner O’Keeffe, who specialises in trade, shipping, yachts and superyachts, joined Ince in 1991 and was made partner in 2000. During his time at the firm, […]
Ashurst has undertaken a pay review that has seen it increase salaries for its junior lawyers. Newly qualified solicitors will now receive base pay of £82,000, up from £76,000. Those who qualify for a performance related bonus could see their pay packet rise as high as £94,300. One-year-qualified solicitors will take home £86,000, up from £80,000, […]
Hausfeld has added its fifth commercial litigation partner, as the boutique continues to offer a broader range of capabilities alongside its sweet spot in competition disputes. The boutique has hired partner Michael Bywell from Arnold & Porter, who specialises in litigation across the TMT sector. He joined Arnold & Porter in 2016 prior to its […]
A week after the SFO said it would not appeal the ENRC’s victory in a landmark legal privilege battle, the UK Government agency is continuing to spar with the mining company in a separate fight over how well it conducted its investigations. The legal privilege battle was one of the most high-profile disputes to hit […]
Clifford Chance, Kirkland & Ellis and Eversheds Sutherland have bumped shoulders in another beefy British business buyout, advising in Blackstone’s proposed £800m takeover of live events business NEC Group. Just one month ago, the trio worked on the record £1.5bn sale of Network Rail’s commercial estate to Blackstone Property Partners and Telereal Trillium. This time round Clifford Chance […]