By Lee Perry A multi-million pound new housing development at the former Hunter’s Tryst Primary School in Edinburgh is one step close to fruition after Shoosmiths guided its client PfP Capital through the site’s purchase and development. Planning consent for 85 homes has been granted at the Oxgangs site – ravaged by fire more than […]
By Siddique Patel, Peter Morris Kefalah is the Islamic equivalent of legal adoption as defined by the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002). Here, we explore the differences between the two. There is great virtue for the Muslim who undertakes Kefalah as not only will he/she be helping another person which is of great […]
By Joseph Mazzucca, Michael Callaghan The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is consulting on a new edition of the Code for Leasing Business Premises (the Code). The third edition of the Code was published in 2007. It sets out best practice for landlords when negotiating the terms of a new commercial lease with a […]
By Antonia Blackwell Once again, discrimination cases play a key part in this quarterly update. In the case of Gan Menachem Hendon Limited v De Groen, Ms De Groen worked at a Jewish nursery run in accordance with ultra-orthodox Chabad principles. During her time there it came to light that she was co-habiting with her […]
By Antonia Blackwell In this article, the third and final guide to drafting settlement agreements in our masterclass series, we focus on those extra terms which are most commonly sought by both the employer and the employee and the limitations which might be placed on them. Extra terms Our previous two articles have considered how […]
By Justin Savage In this article we address how the landscape for the structuring of offshore investment funds established in the Cayman Islands is changing—and how this change is being driven by the evolving relationship between investors and investment fund managers and, in particular, how the balance of power has in many cases shifted from […]
By Kate Hodson The sustainability agenda is touching every element of industry and commerce, and demanding change at every level from individuals and households, to governments and global institutions. Real changes are taking shape at both ends of the spectrum – from individuals recycling more and shunning single-use plastic, to reform in the international flow […]
By Olena Kuchynska, Viktoriia Pysmenna OIL & GAS: the PSA tender is announced for the new offshore block On 12 April 2019, the Ukrainian government adopted a decision to hold a public tender to enter into a 50-year production sharing agreement (“PSA”) for the development of the offshore hydrocarbon field known as “Dolphin”. The Dolphin […]
By Vanessa Delnaud In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, all traders require a permit in order to be able to display any branding or name on billboards or stores’ signage. This is also true for a distributor/franchisee (“licensee”) opening a store under a licensed brand. They will need to obtain a permit to be […]
By James Green, Laurent Massam, Kevin Sartorio On May 15, 2019, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage released a report entitled Shifting Paradigms containing a set of 22 different and varied recommended amendments to Canada’s Copyright Act. The Committee’s report follows a study of remuneration models for artists and creative industries and the challenges and […]
The fortunes of the US firms in London dominated this week’s stories on The Lawyer, while our most comprehensive look at firm leadership revealed stark truths about diversity (or lack of it) in the industry. According to data collected from 38 of the world’s largest firms, just one had a 50:50 gender balance on its […]
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Recent years have seen a tremendous shift in almost all aspects of the UK legal services sector, but few have been more tangible than the transformation of senior marketing roles. What was once seen, somewhat disparagingly, as a ‘back office’ position is now taking its place shoulder to shoulder with the leading firms’ most senior rainmakers.
Law firms are finally waking up to the fact that marketing makes money. Not all, however, have quite yet cottoned on to precisely how. Most firms now recognise that as they and their clients grapple with the realities of digital transformation, the specialists leading this thinking are unlikely to be lawyers.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has made all of its paralegals in London redundant, after an analysis of work patterns and demand for their services. The US firm confirmed to The Lawyer that it will no longer recruit paralegals in London, having made three paralegals redundant. A spokesperson said: “We confirm that we have made […]
Osborne Clarke has made up eight new partners in the UK, including one who completed the process during her maternity leave and two that work on a part-time basis. The firm’s new cohort means Osborne Clarke now boasts a partnership of more than 260 for the first time in the firm’s history with a handful […]
US firms have extended their share of the London legal market, The Lawyer can reveal, with more than ever featuring in the exclusive ranking of the 50 largest US and UK-headquartered firms in the City. This is a rise of one firm on last year’s ranking, which was introduced for the first time in the […]