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By Gwendoline Davies, Martin McKeague We reported, in February this year, the High Court’s decision in Canary Wharf v EMA [1] that Brexit will not frustrate (and therefore effectively terminate) the European Medical Agency’s lease at Canary Wharf. The High Court’s decision was generally welcomed because, had the High Court found for the EMA, countless leases and commercial contracts […]

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By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson A new energy and carbon reporting framework applies from 1 April 2019, following abolition of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the introduction of corresponding increases in rates of climate change levy. The Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations […]

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The boardroom battle over Liverpool Football Club has attracted criticism from the Court of Appeal after the club’s former owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, attempted to delay the start of the High Court trial (see judgment). The court battle, which is listed in The Lawyer Top Cases 2013, stems from a 2010 dispute about […]

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