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Channel Islands Funds Quarterly Update: Q2 2019

1  Developments in the Channel Islands 1.1  Substance requirements in Jersey and Guernsey On 26 April 2019, the Crown Dependencies agreed to jointly issue further guidance on aspects in relation to the economic substance requirements as issued by Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey (the Guidance Notes). The Guidance Notes were the second piece of […]

Jury conclude that prison service failures contributed to prisoner’s death

An inquest saw No5 barrister Ian Brownhill represent the mother of a prisoner who died after being found suspended from a noose in his prison cell on February 5, 2018. Solomon Bygrave had fashioned a ligature from a bedsheet. However, earlier in the day, he had handed another ligature to prison staff and was meant […]

Immigration concerns post-Brexit highlighted at No5 seminar

Legal immigration experts have expressed concern that the message is not getting across to EEA migrants in the UK that they must re-apply for residential status to remain in the country post-Brexit. The issues came under the spotlight at the Annual Immigration Seminar, hosted by No5 Barristers’ Chambers. Speakers Mark Bradshaw and Jessica Smeaton examined […]

Essential know-how: Commercial Arbitration in Romania – 2019 edition

It is the third year in a row that our arbitration professionals, coordinated by Founding Partner Alina Popescu, provide the latest provisions and news for the Romanian chapter of the Commercial Arbitration guide of Global Arbitration Review (GAR). GAR know-how provides reliable cross-jurisdictional insight to help cement the building blocks of international practice. Select experienced […]

Ship Registration in the Cayman Islands

By Matthew Stocker The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (“CISR”) is a Category 1 British Registry, the highest possible ranking, and is authorised to certify all sizes and types of vessel. A ship registered in the Cayman Islands is a “British Ship” entitled to fly the red ensign flag and is afforded protection through the Royal […]

Bermuda Ship Registry Relaxes Eligibility Requirements and Introduces Competitive Vessel Registration Pricing

By Marcello Ausenda, Victor Richards The universe of vessels that can be registered on the Bermuda Ship Registry has been expanded significantly by an amendment to the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Regulations that came into effect on 9 July 2019. These changes, along with proposed changes to permit competitive fee pricing for shipping groups […]

Augusta Agrees £25m Litigation Funding Facility with Global Firm Pinsent Masons

International law firm Pinsent Masons has agreed an innovative £25m litigation funding facility with the UK’s largest litigation and disputes funder Augusta Ventures. The unique arrangement offers clients the benefit of a dedicated facility at preferred rates, including a fast-tracked due diligence process and transparent commercial terms. Under the fair and transparent terms of the […]

Court orders rectification of a disclosure letter in a private company share sale

Persimmon Homes v Hillier [2019] EWCA Civ 800 Michael Fealy QC acted for Persimmon at trial, and on appeal, in obtaining damages for breach of warranty in a share sale and purchase agreement.  Persimmon had bought the shares in a house building company, only to discover that the vendors had held back some sites leaving them […]

European Court dismisses three separate appeals from the EUIPO

In the past week the Third, Fifth and Sixth chambers of the General Court of the European Union have each delivered judgment in cases spanning a wide range of current issues in trade mark law and procedure.  On 16 May 2019 the Sixth Chamber delivered judgment in Case T-354/18 KID-Systeme v EUIPO EU:T:2019:333, following an oral hearing […]

Glencore defeats SPA tax indemnity claim in the Court of Appeal

Minera Las Bambas S.A. and anr v Glencore Queensland Ltd and ors [2019] EWCA Civ 972 The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment on a claim brought under a tax indemnity contained within an SPA, in circumstances arising from the sale by Glencore to MMG of a company operating the Las Bambas copper […]

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