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Briefing Notes

Ilot v The Blue Cross – important contentious probate judgment

In a particularly important judgment for contentious probate, The Supreme Court has today (15 March 2017) handed down judgment in the case of Ilot v The Blue Cross.  The Charities’ appeal from the Court of Appeal was unanimously upheld.  A further more detailed update will follow in due course, but the points which have come out of […]

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Landlords and Redevelopers beware!

The effect of the new business rates on statutory compensation All Landlords/Developers of commercial property occupied by a tenant protected by the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 (a business tenancy) should be considering their budgets in light of the forthcoming business rates revaluation. See the example below as to how this might affect you. Those […]

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Forthcoming changes to UK Immigration Rules in April 2017

The following changes to the business immigration rules are planned to take effect in April this year: Tier 2 salary threshold increases The second stage of minimum annual salary increases announced last year will be implemented from 6 April 2017, raising the threshold from £25,100 to £30,000 for experienced workers. Applicants initially granted leave to […]

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Standby Letters of Credit: The Court’s Approach to Enforcement

On 26 January 2017 the Court of Appeal handed down its Judgment in the case of National Infrastructure Development Company Ltd v Banco Santander SA [2017] EWCA Civ 27. The case provides a useful illustration of the Court of Appeal’s approach to enforcement of standby letters of credit and reconfirmation of the test to be […]

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Dividends and directors’ duties – case update

In an article that first appeared in The In-House Lawyer Magazine, Druces lawyer Caroline Cropley discusses a case that emphasises the importance of directors’ duties in situations where dividend payments are vulnerable to challenge. The case illustrates how the legal issues surrounding this area are complex and need careful navigation by directors and their advisers. Read our article […]

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City Sprint Courier wins recognition as a Worker

Introduction In Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd, the London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that a bicycle courier was a ‘worker’ of the firm for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996, despite the contractual documents describing her as a ‘self-employed contractor’. The case is a further example of a tribunal finding that a […]

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Prohibitions on assignment and a victory for the Shorter Trial Scheme

The recent Commercial Court judgment in National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC v BP Oil International Limited [2016] EWHC 2892 (Comm) provides a useful summary of the key legal principles governing the effectiveness of assignments of contracts that are subject to prohibition clauses as well as representing a success for the Shorter Trial Scheme pilot […]

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Company voluntary arrangements and challenges by creditors

The Insolvency Service statistics for July to September 2016 show that the estimated number of Company Voluntary Arrangements (“CVA”) in the third quarter of this year fell by 31.8% compared to the same quarter in the previous year. It might be suggested that CVAs are losing popularity; however, the latest figures should be approached with […]

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Dispute resolution provisions – the impact of Brexit

In an article that first appeared in The In-House Lawyer Magazine, Druces lawyers Charles Spragge, Victoria Novikova and Max Palmer consider the primary European regulations relevant to dispute resolution agreements and what the position may be post-Brexit. Of all the clauses in a contract, dispute resolution provisions require perhaps the greatest degree of crystal ball gazing. […]

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Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI): client notification regulations

Introduction On 8 September 2016, regulations were published that implement the client notification obligations set out in s222 of the Finance Act 2013 taking effect from 30 September 2016. These regulations impose an obligation on financial institutions and other advisers that provide offshore advice or services to give their clients prescribed information about the automatic […]

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