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Losing control: Tenants’ right to manage

Leaseholders can acquire management functions of their building from the landlord/management company where the building qualifies and there are sufficient numbers of tenants or “flats”.

Directors’ duties

Directors are having to take decisions at speed across an ever-increasing range of issues, whether related to health and safety or HR matters, on-going trading or company finances. Aside from the ever-present implications of COVID-19, one theme that links all of these decisions is the framework within which they are taken. Directors of all UK companies must comply with their statutory duties under the Companies Act 2006.

Podcast: Future of Manchester – Lessons from a crisis

Shoosmiths’ Head of Real Estate North, Andrew Pattinson, discusses what a post-Covid Manchester might look like at Estates Gazette’s ‘Future of Manchester – A City Reborn’ virtual conference on 25th June 2020, alongside fellow panellists James Evans, Director at Savills and D’mitri Zaprzala, Head of Residential at Octopus Real Estate.

Latest Briefings

Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

Recent Commercial Court decision highlights the importance of strict compliance with claim notification provisions in share and business sale and purchase agreements

In a recently delivered decision, Dodika Limited & Others v. United Luck Group Holdings Limited [2020] EWHC 2101 (Comm), Mr Peter MacDonald Eggers QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the Commercial Court) has ruled that a notice of claim under a tax covenant contained in a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) failed to comply with the requirements of the claim notification provisions in the SPA. As a result, a sum of USD 50 million held in escrow was liable to be released to the SPA sellers.

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Macfarlanes loses PE partner to White & Case

White & Case has hired its second lawyer from Macfarlanes in just over a year, adding private equity partner Emmie Jones to its team in London. Jones was a partner at Macfarlanes for five years after her promotion in 2013. She had spent her entire legal career at the City firm, having started as a […]

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Trobman takes top job at Latham

London partner Richard Trobman has been voted in as the new chairman and managing partner of Latham & Watkins. Trobman has been serving as co-interim chair of Latham, alongside US partner Ora Fisher, since the departure of Bill Voge earlier this year. Former global chair Voge stood down from the firm’s chairmanship in March after admitting […]

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The Lawyer Awards: Pinsents triumphs as firm of the year

Pinsent Masons won the top prize at The Lawyer Awards 2018 last night, scooping the Law Firm of the Year award, sponsored by Travelers. This year’s judges – comprised of in-house general counsel, Hot 100 alumni and managing partners of major international firms – recognised that this was Pinsent Masons’ year. The firm has grown […]

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