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Fund finance market: How can lenders protect themselves?

By Alistair Russell, Richard Munden, Ardil Salem Although the fund finance market has historically been, and continues to be, a particularly low-risk one for lenders, recent events have led some to consider a rather rare and unlikely scenario: what if a fund simply releases or waives the commitments of its investors without lender consent? A credit agreement will […]

Five key employment cases: 2018

By Antonia Blackwell As we enter the festive period and the start of a new year, we take a look back on some of the most notable cases of 2018. Employer’s liability A managing director’s assault on an employee was held to be “in the course of employment” by the Court of Appeal, and therefore […]

Fraudsters are entitled to make use of the law of adverse possession

By Nick Shepherd, Lucy Shepherd The Court of Appeal has held that the law of adverse possession can be used to obtain ownership of a property even if the possession came about due to previous fraudulent activity. Background The case of Rashid v Nasrullah involved two people named Mohammed Rashid, whom the court for convenience termed MR1 […]

Ontario postpones retail cannabis licence applications at the eleventh hour

By Lewis Retik, William Bjornsson At 7:30 p.m. on the evening of December 13, effectively one business day before the application portal for Ontario retail cannabis licences was scheduled to open, the Ontario government announced that it will postpone its acceptance of cannabis retail licence applications. The move was announced as a response to continued […]

Brexit and the protection of geographical indications for food and drink

By Ravi Randhawa In this article we review the potentially complex and disruptive implications of both a ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ Brexit for UK and EU producers of GI-protected products given the current huge economic benefit (and cultural value) for the UK with over £5 billion gained in annual exports of GI-protected products. INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL […]

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Jones Day Reavis & Pogue strengthens London team

The London office of US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue doubled the number of its lawyers in the first seven months of this year, creating a new UK law facility. In July, it poached Denton Hall litigation partner Robert Thompson and it has taken four UK assistants from City firms, including Linklaters & Paines […]

Slaughters Paris partner makes move to Lovells

Slaughter and May has recently lost one of its veteran lawyers in Paris to Lovell White Durrant. Philip Boys, who has been in Paris with Slaughters for 17 years, joins Lovells as a partner in its capital markets practice. David Hudd, head of capital markets at Lovells, said: Capital markets is an area that we […]

Special report

This week, in the wake of Lord Irvines Cardiff speech, The Lawyer is running a special report on his plans for legal aid reform. In the first of five features (see panel) examining their implications, Chris Fogarty highlights the particular threat to the Bar. Having softened up the Bar by sparking off the fat cat […]

Paris firm scores a first with takeover of London practice

Paris-based Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has become the first Continental firm to move into UK law, by swallowing up 50-lawyer Holborn practice Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer. The merged firm, to be called Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn HRK locally but dropping the HRK outside the UK, will have about 200 lawyers, a quarter of them based […]

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