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Government considering reintroducing employment tribunal fees

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment It has been reported that the Government is considering reintroducing employment tribunal fees. No specific details have been provided but the Ministry of Justice has said that it is confident that a fee system can be found which does not deny claimants access to justice (the reason the original fee regime was […]

Microchipping: The future of employee surveillance?

By Stuart McBride Inspired by the initial move to microchip employees by a firm in Wisconsin last year; as many as 150 employees in the UK have already been fitted with microchip implants. As technology continues to impact the way we all work, there may be merits to the rumoured introduction. That said, there are […]

Experts’ Agendas: A warning from the bench

“it certainly should not become routine to provide two versions which, as here, travel over much of the same ground. That approach tests the patience of the experts (and frankly of the court); produces a lengthier joint statement; potentially increases costs and is simply not the best way to focus on the issues. I do […]

Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants

By Bill Howard, Michael Callaghan The Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately builds houses on land in breach of those covenants. Background Millgate, a property developer, obtained planning permission for, and then built, houses and flats on a development site. Part […]

GP/LP advice, women in PE and downstream trends

By Joanne Huckle More LPs are seeking independent legal advice.. Increasingly, I am instructed by LPs seeking their own Cayman legal counsel prior to committing capital.  It has always been a mystery to me why investors are willing to rely on the GP’s Cayman counsel when committing significant capital to a new fund.  As an attorney […]

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Robert Hickmott

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has taken on commercial litigator Robert Hickmott, who joins the firm’s London office as a partner. Move of the week Hickmott was previously a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna in its banking and insolvency litigation group. Quinn Emanuel managing partner John Quinn said: “Robert has substantial experience in finance and […]

Affairs of the hearth

The outcome of the Stonham v Ramrattan appeal could set a precedent for the treatment of matrimonial homes in insolvency cases. In the unreported decision of ­Stonham v Ramrattan in May 2010, the judge, Justice Mann, allowed an appeal by a trustee in bankruptcy against an earlier refusal to set aside a transfer of a […]

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Links soldiers on in US flatlands

Stagnant US turnover fails to dissuade UK giant from trying to plunder American riches While Linklaters’ global revenue fell by 8 per cent in 2009-10, its US turnover remained flat at around £70m, according to the firm’s US co-managing partner Larry Byrne. The US market has been a ­notoriously tough nut to crack for the […]

Floating free

A recent court ruling has left the door open for parties to dispense with the registration of a floating charge via the use of a security financial collateral arrangement. But its application is likely to be very narrow. A floating charge on a ­company’s property requires registration under Section 860 of the Companies Act 2006. If […]

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Lovells posts turnover rise in last year as unmerged firm

Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells saw a marginal increase in turnover in the 2009-10 financial year. Revenues rose 2 per cent to £542m, up from £531m in the 2008-09 financial year. Lovells merged with US firm Hogan & Hartson on 1 May. When its 2009-10 turnover figure is added to Hogan’s 2009 figure the merged […]

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