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In the shadow of Slaughter and May: how is Luminance winning clients? 

Last week, South African firm Webber Wentzel announced that it was partnering with AI platform Luminance in order to automate its M&A document review. Herein lie two households, both alike in dignity: Webber Wentzel is in alliance with Linklaters, while one of Linklaters’ biggest corporate rivals, Slaughter and May, has a 5 per cent stake […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Where have all the big-name private equity hires gone?

Go back a couple of years and you could not chuck a stone without hitting a high-profile private equity lawyer heading from one firm to another. The streets were thick with them, lured away from their firms by the promise of greener pastures. As one big-name partner says, “private equity was the poster boy for […]

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Soft drinks industry levy is in force

As reported last year, Government has introduced legislation enabling the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) in an attempt to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks. This so-called sugar tax came into force earlier this month. A drink is liable for SDIL if it meets all of the following conditions…

Rules of origin and the possible effect of Brexit on the food and drink sector

The European Commission has issued a Brexit notice to food business operators regarding the legal repercussions of the UK leaving the European Union. The Commission warns that EU food law may cease to apply to the UK from 30 March 2019 onwards. The consequences of this may include that, among other things, labelling on food […]

New EU legislation designed to reduce acrylamide in food

Whilst it is not possible to eliminate acrylamide completely from foods, it is possible to take steps to try and ensure that acrylamide levels are as low as reasonably possible. This is the reasoning behind the new Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2158 which came into force this month. As from 11 April 2018, all food business […]

ISDA Master Agreements and the calculation of close-out payments

A recent case in the commercial court has highlighted that the change in wording between the 1992 and 2002 ISDA Master Agreements in relation to the calculation of the amount payable on early termination is a significant one. Under the 2002 agreement, the calculation of the close-out amount has to be objectively reasonable and not […]

Court’s approach to the sale of the family home on divorce

By Sarah Green The power of the court (or otherwise) to order that a property be sold on divorce during the course of proceedings has often been the subject of debate. The default approach has tended to be to wait until a final hearing, where it is clear that the court has power to make […]

New Vento bands in force

The term “Vento bands” has been a known short­hand to Employment Law practitioners ever since the case of Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (No2) [2003] IRLR 102 was heard by the Court of Appeal. That case established three broad bands of compensation in cases in which an award for injury to feelings […]

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