There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.
A recent case heard by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) – ISS Facilities Services NV v Sonia Govaerts & Atalian NV – has looked at what happens when a transfer takes place under the Acquired Rights Directive (ARD) where there is a transfer from a single business to multiple incoming businesses, i.e. post-transfer ‘fragmentation’.
In the recent related cases of Punjab National Bank International Limited v Vishal Cruises (Private) & others and Punjab National Bank International Limited v Passat Kreuzfahrten GmbH & others, the defendants’ challenges to jurisdiction were rejected. In so doing, the English Commercial Court provided helpful rulings for international banks in the context of applications to serve proceedings out of the jurisdiction, including the place for performance of guarantees, compliance with laws local to the finance obligors, and in relation to service under the Hague Convention.
The government has announced that it is introducing a new law which will require that redundancy pay for employees on furlough leave is based on their normal rate of pay.
The central point of Boris Johnson’s ‘new deal’ is to build back better, greener and faster. The focus of his announcement was on future construction. What will happen to those planning permissions that have already been secured but which are due to expire in coming months? Do you need to take action to extend the life of your planning permission?
Remember the wearable tech fail of Google Glass? Legal tech should never be about tech for tech’s sake. It needs to serve your business’ needs, so you can tackle the challenges you face head on smarter, faster and better.
The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]
In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.
In March 2020, the CMA established a dedicated COVID-19 taskforce to identify, monitor and respond to competition and consumer concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the task force has already been contacted more than 80,000 times.
In a recently delivered decision, Dodika Limited & Others v. United Luck Group Holdings Limited  EWHC 2101 (Comm), Mr Peter MacDonald Eggers QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the Commercial Court) has ruled that a notice of claim under a tax covenant contained in a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) failed to comply with the requirements of the claim notification provisions in the SPA. As a result, a sum of USD 50 million held in escrow was liable to be released to the SPA sellers.
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A partner at RPC has left the firm after three years, following accusations that she concealed information in order to fool her own client. Nicola Cain, who joined the firm in 2017 from the BBC, was acting for former MI-6 agent Christopher Steele and his company, Orbis Business Intelligence. Steele was defending a claim brought […]
Herbert Smith Freehills is acting for Chelsea’s former manager Antonio Conte in a dispute against a UK-based asset management company and its director. While representing Conte and seven other investors during a hearing in July, HSF partner Chris Bushell was successful in convincing the commercial court that it should grant a freezing order against Kidman […]
Milbank has delayed the move into its new 100 Liverpool Street HQ while it waits for the new office to be fully completed. The Lawyer understands that the firm has renegotiated an extension of its lease at 10 Gresham Street with its landlords till the end of the year, while the fit-out at its new […]
Osborne Clarke’s UK average profit per equity partner dropped 12 per cent over 2019/20, as turnover crept up by 5 per cent. The results are markedly different to the last seven results posted since 2012/13, in which the firm has recorded double-digit percentage growth in turnover each year. Over 2018/19, turnover increased by 11 per […]
McDermott Will & Emery has reported itself to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), as well as two of its disputes partners, after a High Court judge highlighted there were “serious issues” related to their professional conduct during a recent case. The move follows a High Court judgment handed down today which said there had been […]
Addleshaw Goddard’s average profit per equity partner fell 4 per cent over 2019/20, with the firm directing a small proportion of its profits into an investment reserve to stem the blow of Covid-19. The firm announced today that global revenue rose 4 per cent from £275m to £288m despite saying that Covid-19 has had “an […]