This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 2nd March 2014

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Latest Briefings

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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Once due under an on-demand bond, always due

Wragge & Co last reported on Wuhan Guoyu Logistics Group Co Ltd v Emporiki Bank of Greece SA in April 2013. The dispute related to a shipbuilding contract where the bank guaranteed the payment obligations of its customer, the buyer, to the claimant seller under the contract. There was a dispute as to whether a payment instalment […]

DLA Piper adds three lawyers from BLP to its real-estate team

DLA Piper has appointed Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, Laurence Rogers and Neville Wright to its real-estate team. The three partners join the firm from BLP. Hopkinson-Woolley has a broad-ranging commercial real-estate practice and advises clients from international investors and developers, banks and real-estate funds to small private property companies and high-net-worth individuals. He has experience in relation […]

Failure to pay ICC advance on costs is not fatal

Defendants in arbitration proceedings are often reluctant to pay their share of the advance on costs ordered by the arbitral institution. The temptation not to pay and to force the claimant to choose between paying the defendant’s share or letting the arbitration grind to a halt can be a strong one, especially if the health […]

Dewey and Barclays relationship to be examined in court

It was the biggest law firm collapse of all time but the fallout from Dewey & LeBoeuf’s insolvency is only set to intensify. Barclays’ attempt to avoid a full trial over its relationship with the firm was defeated at the High Court in February. Now the bank will have to face the former partners who […]

Camp unveils major tax reform plan

By Evan M Migdail and Bruce Thompson House Ways and Means committee chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) has unveiled his comprehensive tax reform proposal. Released as draft legislation, the Camp proposal calls for the most fundamental reform of the tax code in 27 years. Upon releasing the plan, Camp said his reforms would make the tax […]

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