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Addleshaws parts ways with Scottish private client practice after team defection

Over a year into its Scottish merger, Addleshaw Goddard has lost a ten-strong private client team to independent firm Morton Fraser. The head of Addleshaw’s private client team in Edinburgh, Gregor Mitchell, will move across to Morton Fraser, alongside legal director Euan Fleming and a team of eight consultants, solicitors, paralegals and executive assistants. The defection comes […]

Mayfair

Ex-Schillings trio join forces for new reputation boutique

One of Schillings’ most senior privacy partners has left the firm to launch a new boutique offering with his former colleague. Chris Scott will form the new venture Himsworth Scott with a former senior associate of Schillings Matt Himsworth, who left the firm in 2012. The pair will be joined by a third lawyer at […]

Debra Powell QC and James Berry represent core participant in Child Sexual Abuse inquiry

Debra Powell QC and James Berry represented the National Police Chiefs’ Council at the first hearings in the Internet and Child Sexual Abuse strand of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The Inquiry, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, is comprised of thirteen investigative strands. The Internet and Child Sexual Abuse strand is inquiring into institutional responses to […]

Analysis

Sky HQ

Four things the Comcast deal tells us about City M&A

Over the weekend, nearly two years of tussling for UK media giant Sky came to an end when Comcast’s £30bn bid trumped 21st Century Fox.

But while magic circle firms maintain only they can act on big-ticket M&A, the variety of advisers on call was striking. Here’s what we learned.

Featured briefings

Jersey: The Trusts Law 2018 – An insight

By Siobhan Riley, Andreas Kistler The Trusts (Amendment No. 7) (Jersey) Law 2018 (the Amendment Law), which came into force on 8 June 2018, reÊnes and further enhances Jersey’s trusts legislation, the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (the Law). Since its introduction in 1984, the Law has been amended and updated periodically, the last changes having been made […]

Trust legislation in Guernsey

By Russell Clark Much of Guernsey’s economic success over the past 50 years or so has been largely due to its adaptability and flexibility to react to changing market situations and conditions. This adaptability is no better illustrated than by the island’s willingness to amend and review legislation to ensure that it retains its position within […]

Executors no longer need to swear an oath before receiving grant of probate

By Aidan Grant The Government has announced that, from the end of November, executors will no longer need to formally swear an oath before receiving the grant of probate – instead they will be able to make a ‘digital’ statement of truth. This move by the Government will be a welcome relief for executors nationwide, as […]

Government increases probate fees for wealthiest estates by 3,770%

By Aidan Grant Although the increase in probate fees to £6,000 for those estates worth more than £2,000,000 will understandably grab the headlines, the underlying policy contains more detail which should not be ignored. Firstly it is worth remembering that this highest band is a significant reduction on the £20,000 band proposed in 2017. Secondly […]

Liability for whistleblowing detriment extends to dismissals

By Stuart McBride In a judgment recently handed down on the case of Timis, Sage v Osipov, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the EAT’s view that personal liability for whistleblowing detriment extends to dismissals and the losses that result. What is the significance?

Liability for failure to remove information damaging business reputation online

Since April 23, 2018, the provisions of the Federal Law No. 229-ФЗ “On Enforcement Proceedings” dated October 2, 2007, regulate the procedure for enforcement of the requirement contained in the executive document to remove information distributed on the Internet that defames the honor, dignity or damages business reputation of a citizen or damages business reputation […]

#MeToo and strategies to mitigate risk

In the wake of #MeToo and similar social media movements, sports organisations are particularly exposed. Beyond the reputational damage that an organisation can suffer from, should one of its members be found to have engaged in sexual misconduct, there is a risk of legal liability for failing to create an environment that is safe for […]

Supreme Court provides judgment in Dooneen v Mond case

By Alan Munro On 31 October the Supreme Court handed down the judgment in the case of Dooneen Limited t/a McGuiness Associates v David Mond. The judgment confirmed that a trustee is not entitled to property discovered after a trust deed has been terminated and the trustee discharged and therefore provides some much needed clarity for […]

Employer liable for employee assault in party

By Stuart McBride The Court of Appeal recently found an employer to be vicariously liable for the actions of one of their employees following a staff Christmas party. This appeal case will unfortunately bring little comfort to employers tasked with planning Christmas parties this festive season. Employers and their insurers should be alert to the […]

Pension transfers may result in Inheritance Tax Charge

By Dominic Cole Citywire has commented on the Court of Appeal decision of HMRC v Parry & Ors where the appellant argued that a lifetime pension scheme transfer was not a transfer of value for Inheritance Tax purposes. HMRC won on the contention that it was. The Court of Appeal also agreed with HMRC’s assertion that […]

Writing a will in British Virgin Islands – An overview

By Fraser Allister This briefing note provides an overview of the process and legal considerations for a person who is not domiciled in the British Virgin Islands to write a will dealing with his or her shareholding in a British Virgin Islands company. It is not legal advice and it should not be relied upon as […]

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