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Moves by Russian billionaire and oligarch Vitaly Orlov to keep secret a worldwide freezing order worth £266m has been recently rejected by the High Court in London. in the latest twist in a dispute over the ownership of a fisheries company being heard in London.

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Formula One, the world’s premier motorsport championship looks likely to be plunged into a legal battle soon after a prospective buyer of the Force India F1 team considers suing administrators over “serious concerns about the conduct of the bid process.”

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A recent decision by the European Parliament approving a new copyright law could have major implications for online user generated content and may even ‘destroy the internet as we know it’ according to user groups.

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Danish professional football – and the sports betting that is such a part of the modern game now – was thrown into disarray recently when many Danish players, including many who had performed so well at this year’s World Cup in Russia such as Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel, refused to sign a new contract governing image and commercial rights with the Danish Football Association (DBU).

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Despite the settlement of a claim a year ago, shareholders are still waiting to receive compensation from Royal Bank of Scotland RBS.

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A recent judgment in a claim for solicitor’s professional negligence has highlighted the importance of appropriate expert evidence to establish whether and how any such negligence can be attributed.

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Simply put, a domain name is your website name, the address on the internet where users can access and see your website. Whilst computers use IP addresses, which are a series of numbers to identify unique devices and locations on the internet, domain names were developed as it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers.

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A leading lawyer claims that trustees of London’s abandoned garden bridge scheme, including actress Joanna Lumley and the former Labour minister Lord Davies, may have breached their legal duties over the failed project, costing taxpayers over £40m.

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GDPR’s European-wide introduction in May 2018, combined with an increasing awareness of data privacy issues amongst businesses and individuals is likely to result in an increase in data privacy related class action (also known as group action) claims and litigation in the UK.

The total number of individuals being formally declared as insolvent has reached its highest level for the past six years, based on data from March to May 2018. There are now a record number of UK citizens proceeding with Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVA’s), an arrangement whereby individual debtors agree to repay their creditors some or all of what they owe.

Amongst the current turmoil surrounding the UK’s exit from the European Union, a recent survey on commercial legal services behaviour by Thomson Reuters adds to the litany of negative news emanating from all parts of UK society.

Drivers of London’s iconic black cabs are planning to sue Uber for £1.25billion in 'lost earnings', according to a new report. The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA) is working with leading law firm Mishcon de Reya to explore its options in making a legal claim against the online ride hailing giant.

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A long running property dispute involving a father and son has reached the High Court in London in highly acrimonious circumstances.

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A recent ruling by the High Court in London has resulted in a decision to award a health services contract to a private company being blocked.

Lancashire County Council wanted to outsource children’s health services to private provider Virgin Care, in a contract worth £104m. However, a combined challenge to the contract from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT) succeeded in arguing that Lancashire County Council had not followed the correct procurement process.

Kazakh businessman Ilyas Khrapunov has been ordered by the High Court in London to provide full details of how he is funding litigation against him and who is providing the funding for his legal expenses. Khrapunov is the son in law of Mukhtar Ablyazov, who is being accused of misappropriating $6bn from Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank prior to its nationalisation in 2009.

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Tennis legend Boris Becker, who won the first of 3 men’s singles at Wimbledon in 1985 at the tender age of 17 and who earned $25m in a successful 22 year playing career, is taking a somewhat unconventional approach in trying to avoid bankruptcy proceedings in the UK Courts. The popular ex-player turned TV pundit was declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co an undisclosed sum of money.

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Now that GDPR – the new, European-wide General Data Protection Regulation – has come into effect from 25th May 2018, observers in the UK legal profession are anticipating an increase in data protection based legal actions, with group / class actions being increasingly likely. Group actions, whereby a group or collective of claimants come together and are represented legally by a member of that group (usually a lawyer, solicitor or law fim), aren’t particularly common in the UK but changes to the Civil Procedure Rules (‘CPR’) back in 1999do allow such actions.

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Following May’s hugely successful royal wedding in which US actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, sixth in the line of succession to the British throne, a row has broken out over the design of Markle’s dress.

It’s an unfortunate fact of business life that at some point, you may need to take formal legal action to recover monies owed to you or your business. There are two main approaches to collecting such debts; direct legal action through the courts, or appointing an external debt collection agency.

There was a lot of coverage in the UK media back in March 2018 regarding the so called ‘great chicken crisis 2018’, where hundreds of KFC stores throughout the UK had to close because deliveries of chicken – the prime menu item on most KFC meals – failed to reach the stores. As most of these stores operate on a franchise basis, with the store owner being the franchisee and KFC being the franchisor, the question now being asked is can the stores be compensated for loss of earnings?

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  • Moves by Russian billionaire and oligarch Vitaly Orlov to keep secret a worldwide freezing order worth £266m has been recently rejected by the High Court in London. in the latest twist in a dispute over the ownership of a fisheries company being heard in London. Orlov’s attempts to keep the freezing order secret is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute over the ownership of fisheries company Norebo Group. The freezing order was obtained by former business partner Alexander Tugushev as part of the protracted legal dispute to secure his one third share of the Murmansk based business. It was argued by Orlov’s legal team that Tugushev should not able to reveal details of the global freezing order to related business partners and parties without Orlov’s consent or the permission of the court, claiming that this would effectively be self-incrimination. Alexander Tugushev,... Read More

  • Formula One, the world’s premier motorsport championship looks likely to be plunged into a legal battle soon after a prospective buyer of the Force India F1 team considers suing administrators over “serious concerns about the conduct of the bid process.” Russian company Uralkali, made a serious bid to buy the team after Force India fell into administration in this summer. The team had been owned by charismatic Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya, Dutch businessman Michiel Mol and Indian conglomerate Sahara. Mallya, who is currently the subject of extradition proceedings by the Indian Government to force his return to the UK from India, was worth an estimated $1.5 billion at his peak in 2010, but his fortunes have declined significantly since then. The Uralkali bid ultimately failed, with the administartors agreeing a sale of the mid-table team to a consortium led by Lawrence... Read More

  • A recent decision by the European Parliament approving a new copyright law could have major implications for online user generated content and may even ‘destroy the internet as we know it’ according to user groups. The changes to the EU Copyright Directive were recently voted in by MEP’s in Strasbourg. The vote has added additional clauses to the existing legislation, namely Articles 11 and 13, dubbed by independent commentators as the ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’. The legislation has been updated to bring EU copyright law up to date and fit for purpose for the internet age, and as is so often the case with such changes, its impact is likely to be far greater than originally intended. The decision will now be presented to the 28 EU countries before finalising the detail in law. The new laws will allow companies to... Read More