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Fund finance market: How can lenders protect themselves?

By Alistair Russell, Richard Munden, Ardil Salem Although the fund finance market has historically been, and continues to be, a particularly low-risk one for lenders, recent events have led some to consider a rather rare and unlikely scenario: what if a fund simply releases or waives the commitments of its investors without lender consent? A credit agreement will […]

Five key employment cases: 2018

By Antonia Blackwell As we enter the festive period and the start of a new year, we take a look back on some of the most notable cases of 2018. Employer’s liability A managing director’s assault on an employee was held to be “in the course of employment” by the Court of Appeal, and therefore […]

Fraudsters are entitled to make use of the law of adverse possession

By Nick Shepherd, Lucy Shepherd The Court of Appeal has held that the law of adverse possession can be used to obtain ownership of a property even if the possession came about due to previous fraudulent activity. Background The case of Rashid v Nasrullah involved two people named Mohammed Rashid, whom the court for convenience termed MR1 […]

Ontario postpones retail cannabis licence applications at the eleventh hour

By Lewis Retik, William Bjornsson At 7:30 p.m. on the evening of December 13, effectively one business day before the application portal for Ontario retail cannabis licences was scheduled to open, the Ontario government announced that it will postpone its acceptance of cannabis retail licence applications. The move was announced as a response to continued […]

Brexit and the protection of geographical indications for food and drink

By Ravi Randhawa In this article we review the potentially complex and disruptive implications of both a ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ Brexit for UK and EU producers of GI-protected products given the current huge economic benefit (and cultural value) for the UK with over £5 billion gained in annual exports of GI-protected products. INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHICAL […]

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Norwich firm returns to its roots

Norwich law firm Fosters is going back to a traditional partnership structure this week, four years after having scrapped the concept of partners in a radical restructuring that won plaudits. “Increasingly the firm realised it was missing something,” said managing partner Andrew Saul, who in 1993 oversaw the introduction of a four-strong management board to […]

QBD cases pending

Cases pending in the Queen’s Bench Division jury list include: Halligan v Liverpool 8 Law Centre (not before 14 April); Khashoggi v IPC Magazines (not before 14 April); Leverdene and anor v Frank Lawrence (Slough Observer) (not before 14 April).

ABA champions pro bono scheme

AN AMBITIOUS pro bono project has been launched in the US to provide a lawyer to help each of an estimated 150,000 disabled and impoverished children due to be cut-off from a federal supplemental security income (SSI) fund. Two American Bar Association (ABA) committees – the Center for Pro Bono and the Standing Committee on […]

Lloyd's wins in US, but war still rages

Lloyd’s of London won an important battle last week when the US Supreme Court refused to revive a law suit challenging its massive reconstruction and renewal settlement. But it is still far from total victory. A group of US Names – known as the Allen group – is refusing to settle. Last August, it obtained […]

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