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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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Law Society finds double flaw in EC directive

The European Commission’s draft directive on rights of establishment for foreign lawyers is “fundamentally flawed” in two respects, the Law Society council was told. Chair of the international committee Fiona Woolf said that there was a groundswell of opposition to the proposals. Germany, Holland, Scotland and Northern Ireland were joining forces with the Law Society […]

Bar tenders

The Bar is one of the few areas of the profession to benefit from the upheaval in local government. Tim Miller reports The risk of potential surcharge and financial ruin is part and parcel of life in local government. That’s bad news for councillors and senior officers, but it’s good news for the Bar. Faced […]

The understudies move in to take their bows

In today’s local government workplace temporary and contract lawyers are no longer helpful dogsbodies, answering telephones at otherwise empty desks. They may be the acting head of a legal section, or an expert brought in to service a client’s need in a full fee earning capacity. There has been something of a revolution in local […]

Conference sets sights on equal rights

LONDON barrister Margaret McCabe has signed leading lawyers as speakers at a controversial conference on sex discrimination. The Lord Chancellor will provide the keynote address at the 8 April conference – ‘The Woman Lawyer: Benefit or Burden?’ – also involving Law Society President Charles Elly and Bar Chairman Peter Goldsmith QC. McCabe, a civil and […]

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