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Life Science Law Update – organ donation and access to psychotherapy

Popular initiative “Supporting organ donation – saving lives” The Federal Council supports the proposal of the initiative to allow organs to be removed from a deceased person if he or she did not oppose this during his or her lifetime in principle, but will suggest introducing certain measures in order to safeguard the rights of […]

Nitrate pollution concerns halt housebuilding on Solent

By Angus Evers, Matthew Price Five local authorities in the Solent area have put a hold on determining planning applications for new housing as a result of advice from Natural England about nitrate pollution. Following two rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the ‘Dutch Case’ (C-293/17 and C-294/17) and ‘People […]

The tenant that never was

By Liam Phillips, Michael Callaghan The grant of a lease to a non-existent tenant highlights the importance of checking that companies in a transaction are registered at Companies House. Mr Darlow granted a lease of a restaurant in Cardiff to a company called Seafood Shack UK Ltd. The identity of the tenant had been set […]

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Recession still casts its shadow

Remember the depths of the economic gloom back in 2009, when barely a week went by without a law firm announcing big redundancies? Merger activity plummeted, the real estate market ground to a halt and, while there were plenty of predictions of a slew of disputes, there just wasn’t the money around to pay the litigators.  […]

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Wragge & Co has advised the founder of Mountain Warehouse on the £85m acquisition of the outdoor clothing and equipment retail business. The buyout of minority shareholder LDC means the management team, led by founder and chief executive officer Mark Neale, takes full ownership of the 169-strong retail chain. It follows the decision by LDC to sell […]

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