Practice Areas

Financial Conduct Authority

Court sides with HSF and Mishcon in landmark insurance test case

The High Court has ruled in favour of the Financial Conduct Authority, arguing on behalf of a group of policyholders, in a dispute over whether coronavirus-induced shutdowns should be covered by insurance policies. The FCA, instructing Herbert Smith Freehills, brought a series of test cases on an expedited basis to resolve uncertainty as to whether […]

Can My Child be Detained under the Coronavirus Act Without My Knowledge?

The government has sought to give assurances to the Children’s Commissioner about concerns that a child could be detained without notice to their parents. But are they enough? Concerns and clarification Some of the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020[1] have prompted concerns from the Children’s Commissioner’s Office (CCO), which in turn have prompted public alarm […]

Attorney General accused of “cronyism” over off-panel Brexit advice

The Prime Minister’s Attorney General is facing criticism over her decision to seek advice on planned changes to the Withdrawal Agreement from individuals not on the UK Government’s panels, including a “baby barrister” from Brick Court. The debate concerns advice given to Suella Braverman and solicitor general Michael Ellis, who provided legal opinion on government legislation […]

Hong Kong and China: a perspective

Amy Pope explains cyber security, geopolitical, and global business impact of UK opposition to China’s moves in Hong Kong, and what companies can do about it.

Pensions Ombudsman update – September 2020

Key areas covered in this edition include: Employer’s automatic enrolment duties; Distress caused by missing contributions; Tax liability for negligent misstatement; and Administrator’s duty to provide correct information. Download the latest edition to find out more details and the impact of these decisions.

technology

US corporate duo lead on Softbank’s $40bn ARM sale

Morrison & Foerster and Latham & Watkins have won the top advisory mandates as technology company ARM is sold for the second time in just over four years. ARM Holdings, a former FTSE 100 member, has been sold by Softbank to US company NVIDIA in a transaction valued at $40bn. It comes four years after […]

Stolt-Neilsen appoints new general counsel

Stolt-Neilsen has recruited A-Gas’s general counsel as its global legal chief. Nick Webb joins the listed Norwegian shipping company’s HQ in London in November, where he will oversee all legal and compliance and report to CEO Niels Stolt-Nielsen. Webb replaces Stolt-Neilsen’s former GC Bapsy Dastur. Webb has been global GC of KKR-backed A-Gas International since […]

Slaughter and May

Double win for Slaughters as firm nabs new Government mandates

Slaughter and May has won two lucrative UK Government contracts for mandates to help the rail, and TV and film industry, worth a combined £3.7m. The firm has won the two separate contracts in a matter of months. The first one will see Slaughters advise the Department of Transport on an international rail project, the […]