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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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Stanley Tee takes on Couderts partner

International law firm Coudert Brothers is losing a partner to Hertfordshire legal practice Stanley Tee & Company. Jeremy Gillham is moving to set up and head a commercial property department at 12-partner Stanley Tee. He says: “This is a new challenge for a 47-year-old because it is a small firm with a big work ethos […]

Ashursts loses five from property dept

The exodus from Ashurst Morris Crisp’s property department is continuing as five lawyers prepare to leave the firm. Senior lawyer Stephen Law is leaving Ashursts to join his former colleague Peter Lloyd, head of property at US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey, as a real estate attorney. Helen Willett, also a senior lawyer in property, […]

Only the top few can fight in salaries war

Clients warned this week that they do not want to fund pay increases for assistant solicitor salary rises at magic circle firms. Bonuses and increases should be paid by partners, they say. Or if not, then by higher leveraging. But the magic circle partners know that loss of business because of pay hikes is unlikely. […]

SLS expands into eastern Europe

Studio Legale Sutti (SLS) has announced major plans for expansion into eastern Europe. Talks have begun in the former eastern bloc countries and the firm expects to make an announcement at the end of the year. The Italian firm is considering establishing its own satellite offices in Sofia, Prague, Bucharest and possibly Tirana. Lawyers taken […]

Over here and over paid

It has been interesting to follow reports on the escalation of solicitors’ salaries which, except for the US dimension, is reminiscent of the mid-1980s when Gouldens determined to pay in excess of all City firms for newly qualifieds. Back then Gouldens decided on a heady £15,000 against a benchmark of around £12,500. What was less […]

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