Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

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Green light for mortgage repossessions

By Gurprit Mattu On 31 October 2020, the government ban on repossession hearings comes to an end. Lenders may commence or continue with repossession proceedings if appropriate. When is it appropriate? The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published further guidance on Mortgages and Coronavirus [1] which applies from 16 September 2020. It sets out that firms must continue to […]

Court dismisses challenge to decision granting planning permission for relocation of works at nuclear power station within AONB

By Leanne Buckley-Thomson Introduction Judgment in the case of Girling v East Suffolk Council [2020] 9 WLUK 348 was delivered on 1st October 2020 and it’s certainly one to add to your personal planning case book. The Claimant sought judicial review of the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for replacement facilities in respect of what is […]

Consenting adults – examining the law on capacity to have sexual relations

‘No man is an island’. So Lord Justice Baker reminded us recently in A local authority v JB [2020] EWCA Civ 735, [2020] All ER (D) 62 (Jun) (at [98]). The judgment provides a fascinating and comprehensive review of the law on capacity to have sexual relations, cutting through the confusing mire of (largely obiter) case law to bring a degree of clarity and refinement to the requisite capacity test.

ECtHR communicates Philip Rule’s Bowen and Stanton v UK case

European Court of Human Rights communicates Philip Rule’s case of Bowen and Stanton to the UK. The Strasbourg Court has now made public, on 28 September 2020, that earlier in the month the First Section has now referred to the government for its response application no. 49096/19 lodged by two former prisoners, against the United Kingdom. That application was lodged on 16 September 2019 after the Court of Appeal dismissed the case ([2018] 1 W.L.R. 2170), and the Supreme Court declined to accept the case for appeal.

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Facebook’s oversight board: What is it and will it make a difference?

By Jane Ashford-Thom This month sees the launch of Facebook’s new ‘Oversight Board’ – an exciting development after years of disputes over Facebook’s content moderation decisions. The company’s attempts to self-regulate are often called into question by the lack of transparency around interpretation of policies – in particular, why some offensive posts are removed and […]

Job support scheme | Your questions answered

By Philip Pepper The Chancellor has announced an expansion of the Job Support Scheme to support businesses required to close due to local or national lockdowns How will the expansion to the scheme work? Companies who are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will be given […]

How to efficiently respond to DSARs

By Gregory Campbell, Chirag Zaveri In the first year and a half since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, over 275,000 complaints were filed and over £400M in fines issued. Some 70% of surveyed businesses worldwide failed to address requests made from individuals seeking to obtain a copy of their personal data as […]

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Stolt-Neilsen appoints new general counsel

Stolt-Neilsen has recruited A-Gas’s general counsel as its global legal chief. Nick Webb joins the listed Norwegian shipping company’s HQ in London in November, where he will oversee all legal and compliance and report to CEO Niels Stolt-Nielsen. Webb replaces Stolt-Neilsen’s former GC Bapsy Dastur. Webb has been global GC of KKR-backed A-Gas International since […]

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DWF kicks off fourth restructuring exercise in as many months

DWF has started yet another redundancy round, with the intended cuts this time affecting the firm’s secretarial workforce. Just days after it wrapped a consultation around business services that resulted in the loss of about 10 roles, the listed firm is now looking to cut positions across its secretarial and administrative base. A spokesperson for the […]

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Restructuring veteran joins Brown Rudnick’s City outfit

Brown Rudnick has hired yet another partner to its global restructuring team, with Tony Horspool set to join the US firm’s London ranks. Horspool will join up with Brown Rudnick’s corporate restructuring and special situations team in the capital, following the hire of Richard Obank and Colin Ashford who defected from DLA Piper at the […]

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Cum-ex saga: German minister casts doubt over future government contracts for Freshfields

Germany’s finance minster today suggested that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is unlikely to receive any new contracts from the country’s government, as he addressed concerns over the ongoing cum-ex saga. Olaf Scholz was questioned in the country’s Bundestag over a range of matters related to cum-ex trading, a controversial practice that was prohibited in Germany in […]

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