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Litigants in Person – Questions should clarify, not lead

By Rachel Elgar The recent case of Global Corporate Ltd v Hale [1] has yet again demonstrated some of the difficulties that can be encountered by the courts and represented parties when dealing with litigants in person (LiPs). We have written previously in some detail about the rising number of LiPs and the fact that case law confirms […]

Licensing news England and Wales: December 2018

By Piers Warne This month in summary Government begins consultation on licensing Airside alcohol Top Licensing Tip: keeping festivities fun Pubs are failing to properly monitor gambling machines, Gambling Commission reports Gambling Commission publishes new report on children and gambling trends

Clean energy investment: An introduction to private equity

By Nick Rains In our previous article we provided an overview of the clean energy sector for those investors who wanted to learn more about the potential investment opportunities. In this edition of the Clean Energy Investment series we turn our attention to private equity, and the opportunities this provides to developers of renewable energy projects.

EU Commission clarifies categories of food supplement additives

By Aude Mahy, Aleksandra Sanak The European Commission has recently amended the Union list of additives authorised for use in food supplements. These products were categorized by their form of supply: solid, liquid and syrup-type or chewable. The latter category often led to interpretation issues. Following the discussions with Member States, the Commission decided to […]

HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

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Simmons takes over Düsseldorf boutique for entry into Germany

City firm Simmons & Simmons is merging with a single-partner firm in Düsseldorf, giving it a German law capability for the first time. The merger with M&A boutique Kaiser, effective from 2 January, will create a new German operation called Simmons & Simmons Kaiser. Simmons & Simmons financial markets partner Mark Norris will join name […]

The Leader column

Hands up everyone whose New Year resolutions include any of the following: lose weight, cut down on drinking, write a novel, get a new job, see more of the family, see less of the family, start saving. Thought so. Pointless resolutions will no doubt still be the topic of office conversation this week, it would […]

GALA GROUP

The second deal of its kind for this group of bridge lenders and Gala Group Holdings. The advisers mirror those working on Gala’s acquisition by Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity last spring, where a bridge loan was used for the £100m purchase followed by a high-yield debt issue, which closed in May. Gala says […]

Real Estate and Projects

Schroder Ventures Life Sciences, Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity and Abingworth Bioventures participate in £30m financing of biotech company Oxagen. The investors advised by SJ Berwin. Oxagen advised by Manches (Patrick Baddely).

Break on the border

Fiona Callister finds out how Bevan Ashford chief executive Nick Jarrett-Kerr is reacting to a reduction in work for English firms due to changes prompted by Welsh devolution At his base in the centre of Bristol, Bevan Ashford’s chief executive Nick Jarrett-Kerr is feeling the effects of Welsh devolution. His firm is currently in the […]

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