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Linklaters secures settlement for airlines after quarantine challenge

Following the UK Government’s highly-anticipated air-bridge announcement, Britain’s three major airlines have reached a settlement regarding their challenge to the quarantine rules. With the help of Linklaters, British Airways, EasyJet and RyanAir have put an end to their combined battle against the previous 14-day quarantine, successfully calling for the blanket policy to be removed. The […]

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HSF and Ashurst lose out in railway tussle with DfT

The High Court has dismissed claims brought by Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst in the rail franchise litigation. The case, which featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases 2020, was a mammoth rolled-up claim against the Department of Transport. Last year, the separate claims brought by West Coast Trains, Stagecoach and Arriva Rail were rolled […]

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Ten firms secure places on HS1 panel

Ten firms have secured a place on High Speed 1 (HS1)’s £15m legal panel. Linklaters, DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard and Herbert Smith Freehills are among the firms that have been appointed to the rail operator’s new panel, worth between £10m and £15m. The framework is divided into eight lots with Linklaters appointed to two lots, […]

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EasyJet hit with billion-pound claim over data breach

A claim has been issued against EasyJet by PGMBM, formally known as SPG Law, after it emerged that nine million people’s data was accessed from the airline’s servers. The firm has instructed barristers from Serle Court – who are also working with the firm on its claim against British Airways for its data hack a […]

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A&O and ENSafrica lead on South African Airways rescue

South African firm ENSafrica and Allen & Overy are leading on the business recovery of one of Africa’s largest airlines, South African Airways, saving it from collapse. ENSafrica’s chairman Michael Katz is leading for the airline on behalf of the National Treasury of South Africa, which manages its national economic policy. South African Airways is […]

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Turkey – Upgrade nation

The rise of the Turkish aviation sector reflects a wider trend of prosperity The Turkish banking crisis of 2000/01 wreaked havoc on the country’s economy: its currency crashed, interest rates rocketed and tens of thousands lost their jobs. In the aftermath, however, banking sector reforms meant Turkey was far better prepared for the 2008 global […]

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A better future – What next for the Thames Valley?

As part of our ‘Future Cities’ campaign, Shoosmiths is holding a series of virtual ‘think tank’ discussions with prominent local stakeholders in different locations across the UK to share insights and ideas around what the future holds for these locations.

Brexit’s implications for automotive intellectual property

By Gordon Harris If a deal is reached ahead of Brexit, the indications are that a transition period would preserve the status quo for intellectual property (IP) until the end of 2020. This article explores the implications of a no deal Brexit, for IP regimes supporting the UK automotive sector. It explains what would not be […]