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Simpson Thacher hires regulatory partner from Clifford Chance

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has brought in another partner from the magic circle, this time Clifford Chance’s Owen Lysak. Lysak made partner at Clifford Chance in 2017 and joined the firm in 2004 as a trainee. He advises private funds, asset managers and financial institutions on regulatory issues and transactions, related to the likes of […]

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Covington adds financial regulatory partner from rival US firm

Covington & Burling has made its second hire of the year, picking up a financial services regulatory partner from Katten’s London office. John Ahern will join Covington after two years at his previous US firm. The partner has also spent time at Jones Day, DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard and Clifford Chance throughout his legal career, […]

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Orrick lures third PwC lawyer in less than two months

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has brought in PwC Legal‘s head of financial services, one month after the US firm raided a pair of senior lawyers from the Big Four accountant to spearhead the launch of a cybersecurity practice. The US firm has cast its eyes on Marco Boldini, who has led the financial services regulatory […]

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Linklaters lawyer takes up GC job at financial standards body

A managing associate from Linklaters has made the move in-house, taking up the role of general counsel at the FMSB, a standard setting body for the wholesale fixed income, currencies and commodities markets. Chris Rich has been named as its new legal head from 1 April, having undertaken a secondment with the organisation. It is […]

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Severn Trent reveals new-look panel of five firms

Five firms have won places on Severn Trent’s new panel, with the appointments reflecting a change in tack from the FTSE 100 water company which has run a sole provider model since 2007. DWF, Eversheds Sutherland and Burges Salmon form the new panel to provide legal services to the FTSE 100 water company and its […]

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Star legal writers: regulatory and competition

This week’s top briefings writers from TheLawyer.com cover the regulatory and competition sectors, including how philanthropic fundraising through crowdfunding can clash with insurance claims, new UK public procurement rules, and Ukraine sanctions law.

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Crossing the divide: cross-border work and the Finance Team of the Year award

Cross-border work and political tensions are dominating this year’s entries for Finance Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards. A complex sanctions and regulation landscape in Europe underpins many of the finance and banking work throughout the past year, with transactions impacted by international disputes and stringent regulatory requirements. This year, some of the […]

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From in-house counsel to business partner: what you need to know

A study published recently by PwC looking at the global state of information security shows that many organisations lack both clear leadership and strategies for tackling the security threats they face. Indeed, not only do many fail to know how many security breaches they suffer, but the annual survey of business executives reveals they feel […]

Featured Briefings

Online Harms regulation – getting closer?

The Government’s much anticipated response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation has finally been released but those seeking clarity at this stage may be left scratching their heads. It appears to represent no more than an indication of the Government’s direction of travel under considerable media pressure to ensure that “something must be done” […]

Balancing fear and greed: Does an expansion of the UK foreign direct investment rules beckon?

By Bernardine Adkins, Sean Giles In 2018, new measures were introduced to expand the scope of government intervention in mergers. This year, the government’s briefing note accompanying the Queen’s Speech proposes new rules on investment screening. What does this mean for business? Our experts examine the existing UK foreign direct investment rules, and explain what any […]

Court finds power of inspection is limited in the event of litigation

By Serge Amar, Nicolas Dubé How does one reconcile the concept of equality of the parties before the court and the guiding principle of fair debate with a party’s statutory advantage of being able to obtain information and evidence from its opponent? Such was the question examined in Ville de Montréal c. Sanimax Lom inc., wherein the Superior Court had to […]

Q&A – Private client law in Portugal: overview

By Tiago Marreiros Moreira (partner), João Riscado Rapoula Tiago Marreiros Moreira (partner) and João Riscado Rapoula (managing associate) write for Practical Law da Thomson Reuters. In a Q&A format the lawyers make na overview of Portuguese Private Client legislation.

Proceeds of sale of school site lost due to operation of reverter

By Alan Corcoran, Charlotte Walker The closure of a school prior to its sale meant the use for which the land had originally been given had ceased and so the proceeds of sale did not belong to the local authority. This was the decision in Rittson-Thomas v Oxfordshire County Council, which concerned the redevelopment of a […]

Leaked nudes and talent morality clauses: A lesson for the digital age

Not every morality clause is created equal and the parties must consider what they hope to achieve when drafting the clause in order to ensure their reputation is protected. In November 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed a leave to appeal application on the application of a morality clause. Certain lessons can be pulled from […]

Challenging an IVA on the grounds of material irregularity

By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore In Gertner v CFL Finance Ltd [2018] the Court of Appeal found that there had been a material irregularity at the creditors’ meeting convened to consider the debtor’s IVA proposals. The lender’s breach of the good faith principle between creditors was sufficient to revoke the IVA on grounds of material irregularity.

Brexit’s implications for automotive intellectual property

By Gordon Harris If a deal is reached ahead of Brexit, the indications are that a transition period would preserve the status quo for intellectual property (IP) until the end of 2020. This article explores the implications of a no deal Brexit, for IP regimes supporting the UK automotive sector. It explains what would not be […]

Liability for intentional torts by workers

By Mark Josselyn Earlier this year the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) found that a corporate respondent was liable for the violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code perpetrated upon the applicant by the personal respondent in the course of his employment, relying upon the analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada in Robichaud v. […]

NPPF: changes to national planning policy on minerals

By Fergus Charlton On 24 July, the government released the long-anticipated revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Setting the emphasis on building new homes, Secretary of State for Communities, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: “Fundamental to building the homes our country needs is ensuring that our planning system is fit for the future.” […]

Breaking the chain: Why do Jersey property transactions fall apart

Much focus has been given of late to gazumping and the potential pitfalls of the Jersey conveyancing process. Thankfully in practice the vast majority of transactions do eventually make it across the line and in most cases, completion occurs within the allocated window agreed through the estate agent at the outset. Gazumping, while a genuine […]