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British Virgin Islands introduces the Micro Business Companies Act

By Alan Hughes As a leading oÂshore Ênancial center and in keeping with its constant drive toward the development and implementation of robust, modern and progressive corporate products, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced the Micro Business Companies Act (the “MBC Act”) – bespoke and innovative legislation designed speciÊcally toward developing and supporting the […]

Court’s guidance on identifying a firm’s centre of interests

By Duncan Lole, Gawain Moore, Geoff Cunningham In the recent case of Re Videology Ltd, the English High Court considered the factors relevant for determining a company’s centre of main interests (or COMI) and whether it had an establishment in a foreign jurisdiction for the purposes of the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. Walker Morris insolvency experts, Duncan […]

Redress scheme outcome challenges – Have they ended?

By Paul Gair The recent case of R. (on the application of Holmcroft Properties Ltd) v KPMG LLP 2018 WL 04636705 has confirmed that Judicial Review is not the appropriate avenue for a bank customer unhappy with an accountancy firm acting as a ‘skilled person’ in approving an offer of compensation by his bank under a redress […]

English Courts grant freezing order against unidentified individuals

By Nick Curling In CMOC v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 3599 (Comm) the claimant, China Molybdenum Company (CMOC), successfully obtained a worldwide freezing order against a class of unknown respondents. This was the first time the English Courts have granted a freezing order against unidentified individuals. Background The claim underlying CMOC’s freezing order application related to losses […]

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DLA Piper advises Aviva on Stoke-on-Trent extra-care PFI scheme

DLA Piper has advised Aviva on its funding of the Stoke-on-Trent extra-care PFI scheme, which has reached financial close. The £75m capital value project-financed care infrastructure scheme is set to deliver 390 extra-care, sheltered accommodation apartments for the elderly in Stoke-on-Trent and is designed to enable tenants to live an independent life in a socially […]

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City’s Got Talent extravaganza moves to 100 Club

Tomorrow’s Square Mile battle of the bands City’s got Talent (20 June 2014), billed by the organisers as “a mini Glastonbury”, has relocated from Guildhall Yard to the spiritual home of Law Rocks, the 100 Club. The Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf had spearheaded the launch of the music event as part of the […]

No5’s Charles Crow wins unfair and wrongful dismissal claim for top surgeon

Barrister Charles Crow from No5 Chambers has won an unfair and wrongful dismissal claim for a top surgeon who was dismissed for alleged sexual harassment of two female trainee doctors. The surgeon was dismissed by NHS Oxford University Trust after he allegedly made sexual advances towards two female trainee doctors who were supervised by him. […]

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Midnight training contract deadline looms as intake numbers shrink

The date for would-be lawyers to submit their training contract applications is imminent, with most applicants facing a deadline of midnight tomorrow. This year’s applicants are facing a slimmer chance of attaining a training contract than ever. Figures released by the Law Society last year show that the number of training contracts registered in 2011/12 (the […]

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Serco appoints BT Global GC in wake of overcharging scandal

FTSE 250 outsourcer Serco has hired BT Global general counsel David Eveleigh as its legal chief in the wake of accusations that it overcharged the Government for electronic tagging. After a 2013 Government review revealed that Serco and G4S had both overbilled the Ministry of Justice, in some cases charging to monitor non-existent tags, Serco […]

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