The Court of Session in Scotland has followed the example of the Supreme Court, giving short shrift to a party litigant (or, ‘litigant in person’ in England and Wales) in his legal proceedings against his bank. Walker Morris’ Banking & Finance Litigation partner Rob Aberdein explains.
Dame Judith Hackitt’s much-anticipated final report on building regulations and fire safety was published on 17 May 2018. Stephen Radcliffe of Walker Morris LLP considers the report and the implications for the construction industry…
The Court of Appeal has issued its decision in Royal Mencap Society and Tomlinson-Blake ruling that carers who work sleep-in shifts at a client’s residence and who are ‘on call’ are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage for periods whilst they are asleep.
Walker Morris Banking Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain the new regulatory regime and the Financial Conduct Authority’s proposals for changes to the regulation of claims management companies across England, Wales and Scotland…
The Courts have re-affirmed that, despite a contract containing an express right of set-off, it is only in exceptional circumstances that a party will be entitled to set-off another claim against an Adjudicator’s award. This case serves as a helpful reminder that a right to set-off is unlikely to apply to an Adjudicator’s decision. The […]
A few years ago we offered SmartLaw: expert insights for the future of law. As expected, the legal industry has continued to evolve and so must SmartLaw in order to equip firms for the future. We still believe the original SmartLaw key concepts of clients, culture and technology are essential to successful firms, but we now must […]
According to the Industrial Property Law, which entered into force on 10 January 2017, an enterprise of goods or services ensure distinguishing from or service goods other undertakings and brand owners to ensure protection of the subject it is turned on and including the names of persons, provided that shown on the register can provide […]
On 23 March 2018, the United States of America introduced a special protective measure in the form of increased customs duties on imports for steel and aluminium products, including those originating from the Russian Federation… …The Government of the Russian Federation by its Decision No. 788 dated July 2018, therefore, introduced import customs duties rates […]
Since 1991, Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy and oil producer, has had to rely on the deteriorating infrastructure it inherited from the Soviet Union. As a result, nearly every piece of public infrastructure (eg roads, hospitals, power plants, kindergartens, sewerages) in Kazakhstan requires a different degree of upgrading or expansion…
In this market insight, originally written for CampdenFB, Schillings’ extortion, blackmail and kidnap for ransom specialists, John Chase and Brittany Damora, set out the scope of the threat and what steps family offices and family businesses need to take when faced with this type of critical risk scenario…
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DAC Beachcroft has posted a strong set of results for the 2017/18 financial year, showing double-digit growth in turnover and profit as well as posting a record-high in profit per equity partner (PEP) of £530,000. An 11 per cent increase in turnover from 2016/17 saw the firm rise from £207m to £230m, while a 21 per […]
Ashurst has cut 54 secretarial roles in its London office, after the firm decided to scrap the position of executive assistants (EAs) in favour of a new role called “practice executive”. The firm revealed in May that 80 roles were at risk as part of the shift, with practice executives set to cover a broader line […]
Clifford Chance has revealed its retention result for autumn 2018, the first of the magic circle to do so. The firm offered newly-qualified jobs to 36 of its final seat trainees, out of 44 who applied for roles. There were 47 trainees in the cohort in total, meaning the firm’s retention rate is 76.5 per […]
With less than three months to go to trial, Fountain Court Chambers has been brought in to act for Robert Tchenguiz in his feud with Grant Thornton after he swapped incumbent adviser Stephenson Harwood for Debevoise & Plimpton. It is understood that Fountain Court silk Charles Béar is now being instructed by Debevoise partner Kevin Lloyd ahead […]
The UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has cut its legal fees by over 70 per cent in the last three years, according to figures published yesterday. The body, which manages the UK Government’s procurement processes, said in its annual report that legal fees since 2014/15 have dropped from over £2m per year to £578,000 […]
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is advising the Crown Estate on a sprawling mixed-use development in the heart of St James, nine months after it was appointed as the prodigious property company’s sole adviser. Head of non-contentious construction Mark Hanson is leading in the construction of The Marq, a 46,000sq ft development, looming behind Fortnum & […]