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Should your business invest in blockchain?

By David E Brennan Blockchain is a term that is beginning to increasingly appear in business conversations. Decision makers are starting to consider whether their businesses should invest in blockchain and how using the technology could benefit their operations. As businesses venture on journeys of digitalisation, we are seeing companies from “traditional” industries such as […]

International transactions: Consumer contracts Q&A Canada

Canada-specific information concerning the key legal and commercial considerations when drafting a consumer contract. General contract law framework What are the requirements under national law for a valid contract to exist? The Canadian legal system is based on the common law tradition of the United Kingdom. In this respect, common law principles in Canada, such […]

European antiques market threatened by new regulation

By Kathryn Burke, Trainee Solicitor On 12 March 2019 the European Parliament plenary session adopted its position at first reading of a draft Regulation on the import of cultural goods from outside the EU into the Union.[1] Its President was instructed to forward its position to the Council, Commission and the national parliaments and it […]

Must article 2 inquiries seek to identify those responsible for the death?

In February 1989 Patrick Finucane, an Irish Catholic lawyer, was eating dinner with his wife and children when gunmen forced their way into his home and shot him 14 times. Thirty years later this murder remains one of the most notorious events of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’. An inquest the following year examined only the […]

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5 Fountain Court inaugurates national network of barristers

Anthony Barker QC’s 104-strong Birmingham set 5 Fountain Court has introduced the practice of hiring barristers from London and other regions who will not be forced to move when they start at the set.`Crime specialist Ian Bridge from Mitre Court Chambers, which dissolved this week, and two personal injury (PI) barristers will move to 5 […]

Secret Service documents to be released

Dechert is to ask the Treasury Solicitor to hand over secret service documents relating to the prosecution of the former director of Ordtec John Grecian, who is suing Customs & Excise for more than £1m in damages for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office.`Dechert senior assistant solicitor Lawrence Kormornick will bring the case after […]

Hewitsons figures are bittersweet

Cambridge-based Hewitson Becke + Shaw has increased its turnover by only 10 per cent, while its profits soared by 35 per cent.`Last year profits per partner were £135,000, but partners can expect to be taking home an average of £193,000 this year. However, turnover figures are far more modest, increasing from £15-£16.5m.`A Hewitsons spokesman denied […]

Milbank to lead creditors in Pacific Gas bankruptcy case

New York firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has scooped work advising a creditors’ committee on one of the US’s most complicated bankruptcies – that of California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company.`The firm saw off competition from rivals understood to have included Sidley & Austin, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Paul Hastings Janofsky & […]

Ashursts’ Paris practice closes giant Euro buyout

The Paris office of Ashurst Morris Crisp has completed one of Europe’s largest ever buyouts for longstanding clients CDC Equity Capital and Charterhouse General Partners.`The pair of private equity houses have bought the contracting sector of Alstom Holdings for euro770m (£466.4m) plus more than euro600m (£363.4m) of extracted cash.`Alstom’s contracting sector employs 25,000 people in […]

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