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 […]
Patients nowadays have access to an enormous range of medical knowledge through social media, websites and health apps (in combination with wearables). The latter have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their ability to monitor in real time pulse, blood pressure, blood glucose levels and other parameters. Doctors are also intrigued by the […]
By Emma Davies The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd  UKSC 24 upheld the validity of a clause that limited the parties’ freedom to vary their contract orally. In reversing the Court of Appeal’s decision to find the ‘no oral variation’ or ‘no oral modification (NOM)’ clause binding, […]
By David Aylen and Elizaveta Osipchuk When reputable social media platforms are involved, rights holders should contact the social media company first and ask it to remove the account. Fortunately, such companies usually collaborate with brand owners as much as possible and take swift measures to block infringing content (usually within three to five days). However, […]
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Dechert has hired its first lateral partner in Dubai for over 18 months, after taking on two real estate lawyers from its US rival King & Spalding. King & Spalding partner Stephen Kelly is joining Dechert. He will be joined by counsel Sarah Mahood who joins as a national partner. Prior to King & Spalding, […]
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer restructuring partner Nick Segal is switching private practice for the Bar, taking on a new role at Erskine Chambers. Segal is set to join the chambers as a barrister in September, after he has been successfully admitted to the Bar. Segal joined Freshfields in 2006 on his return to the UK from […]
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 silks Stephen Rubin QC and Charles Béar QC are now being instructed by […]