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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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A VIEW FROM SINGAPORE

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Home Office awards groundbreaking IT 2000 PFI contract to the Sirius consortium, worth £350m during a 10-year period. The Home Office advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Anthony Loring). The Sirius consortium comprised ICL, advised by Linklaters (Anne Vallely), PriceWaterhouse-Coopers, advised by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (Kit Burden) and Global Crossing.

Athlete Wins Undisclosed Libel Damages From BBC

Whitbread’s lawyer, Graham Atkins, an associate with Campbell Hooper, secured damages and an apology from the BBC in an out of court settlement. The action arose after two of the panellists on They Think It’s All Over falsely suggested that Whitbread had unnaturally high levels of testosterone in her blood during her career. After the […]

Thompsons opts for corporate structure

Personal injury firm Thompsons has defied years of legal tradition by becoming the first major law firm to structure itself as a plc. After the changes partners will no longer have the power to vote on major decisions. Thompsons has appointed a three-member executive board and is currently electing a supervisory board which will ensure […]

Scottish courts crisis deepens

The temporary sheriffs – recently made redundant following an appeal court ruling that they contravene the European Convention on Human Rights, introduced in Scotland in May – are now being challenged on different grounds. It is claimed the use of temporary sheriffs on a permanent, albeit part-time basis, contravenes the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971, […]

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