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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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2-3 Gray’s Inn Sq boosts housing team

2-3 Gray’s Inn Square has hired a tenant from Hardwicke Building in an effort to build its housing and property team. Jon Holbrook joins the chambers to practise social housing law, having developed his expertise at Garden Court Chambers before moving to Hardwicke in April 2004. Last year Holbrook was one of the founding members […]

DWS snares French ally for insolvency push

Denton Wilde Sapte has launched an association with French independent Poulain & Associés to strengthen its French insolvency expertise. The two firms began working together on 1 July, pooling their knowledge in restructuring and private equity work. The association is to be run by Poulain partner Philippe Matignon and Dentons partner Constantin Achillas. The new […]

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Dwindling profit has forced Cobbetts to make redundancies. But will it be enough to turn the firm’s ailing fortunes around? This is one Manchester firm which is not a success story. Cobbetts has spent the past 10 years growing – and growing, and growing. Since 1999, turnover has risen by 488 per cent, from £11m […]

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Although 2005-06 was a bumper year for most of the top 50, there were some firms that did not enjoy outstanding financial success. Many of these had insurance and EC3 practices rather than premium-billing M&A businesses and are traditionally less able to capitalise on the corporate bull market. Among the firms that did less well […]

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