Public sector and local authority

CMA proposes major funeral market probe citing serious market concerns

By Trudy Feaster-Gee, Richard Jaques, Richard Butterworth The Competition and Markets Authority is due to begin an in-depth market investigation into the UK funeral sector in the New Year. This will involve a detailed review and scrutiny of the sector and include many of its key players. On 29 November 2018, the CMA announced in an interim report […]

Shoosmiths appointed to key public sector legal services panel

By Lee Perry National law firm Shoosmiths has been appointed to two full service lots in England, Wales and Scotland on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Wider Public Sector Legal Services Panel (RM3788). This panel helps a variety of public sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland to access Shoosmiths’ public sector legal expertise through a […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers prosecutes Samantha Eastwood murder

Jonas Hankin QC, instructed on behalf of West Midlands CPS, opened the case against Michael Stirling when the case was listed for sentence before the Honourable Mrs Justice Carr DBE. Michael Stirling was convicted by his guilty plea of the murder of Samantha Eastwood on 27th July 2018.  Shortly before 8am that day Samantha had left […]

Loyens & Loeff advises Oi S.A. in debt restructuring

European law firm Loyens & Loeff has advised Brazilian telecom company Oi in its restructuring of more than USD 20 billion debt, the largest-ever debt restructuring in Latin America. Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Oi operates a vital telecommunications business, providing telecom services to some 63 million customers and employing over 143,000 direct and indirect employees. Loyens & Loeff […]

scotland

Scottish independent inches towards ECJ win over Article 50 revocability

Scottish independent firm Balfour + Mason has secured a positive decision from the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General over whether the United Kingdom can call off Brexit without the consent of other EU member states. In the latest development of a year-long legal battle, 21-partner Scottish firm Balfour + Mason has advanced one step […]

Walder Wyss advises Swiss Life in share buyback program

On 29 November 2018, Swiss Life Holding AG has announced to repurchase own registered shares up to a maximum repurchase value of CHF 1 billion for the purpose of a subsequent capital reduction. The share buyback program starts on 3 December 2018 and will last until 31 December 2019 the latest. The repurchases will be […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers represents West Midlands council against fraudulent claim

Counsel from a Birmingham barristers’ chambers has represented a West Midlands council in a contempt of court case against a woman who fraudulently claimed for damages. Gareth Compton, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, represented Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council in the case. Karen Britton, 45, of 44 Harwood Street, West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to contempt of court […]

Vda enters into a partnership with Center of Excellence for PPPs

VdA is celebrating a new partnership with the Center of Excellence for the PPPs development in the water and sanitation sector, in which Manuel Protásio integrates the international panel of expert lawyers in these matters. The Center of Excellence consists in a partnership between the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Portuguese […]

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers defends biomedical scientist on misconduct allegations

By Anthony Haycroft Anthony Haycroft successfully represented a biomedical scientist on a pro-bono basis in a 4 day Fitness to Practise hearing at the Health Care Professionals Tribunal Service in London. The registrant admitted to 5 serious blood checking errors over a 7 month period 4 years ago which could have been life threatening. He had […]

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