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Government extends insolvency conditional fee exception indefinitely

The Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy has confirmed that the reforms to the operation of conditional fee agreements, which were scheduled to come into effect on 1st April 2015, have been suspended indefinitely.


The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill publishes its report to the draft bill.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill has today published its report in which it backs proposals to give the Charity Commission more powers to ensure effective regulation of the charity sector.


Francesca Quint as the external legal expert for ITV’s Exposure Documentary on Charities

We are pleased to announce that Francesca Quint, who is widely known as a specialist in charity law, contributed to the ITV Exposure programme Charities Behaving Badly.


Priority in Sale and Leaseback: Article by Mark West

In this article Mark West considers the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Scott v. Southern Pacific Mortgages Ltd [2014] UKSC 52 which concerned the question of priorities in the unregulated sale and leaseback market.


Judgment in Fielden v Christie-Miller

Mark West (together with Giles Goodfellow QC of Pump Court Tax Chambers) (instructed by Wilsons LLP) represented the 1st defendant/Part 20 claimant in Fielden v. Christie-Miller [2015] EWHC 87 (Ch) in which Sir William Blackburne has now given judgment.


Mark Fell is appointed to the Board of Trustees of the charity SHP

Mark Fell has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the charity, SHP, which supports homeless and vulnerable people in London.


Changes to Practice Direction for Directors Disqualification Proceedings.

An updated practice direction for directors disqualification proceedings came into force on the 9th December 2014.  Catherine Doran was a member of the Drafting Committee who were tasked with amending the practice direction to reflect the changes in law and procedure since 1999.


"The revised LCIA Arbitration rules 2014" article by Shantanu Majumdar in the German Arbitration Journal

The new rules of the London Court of International Arbitration came into force on 1 October 2014 and in this article which Shantanu Majumdar wrote jointly with Georg Scherpf of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in Hamburg for the German Arbitration Journal, they note the most signficant changes, compare some of them with the rules of other arbitral institutions and assess their likely effect.


Savile scheme upheld: 16th December 2014.

Keith Rowley QC and Piers Feltham (instructed by Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP) represented all the abuse claimants against the estate of Jimmy Savile on the  appeal by its residuary beneficiary the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust against the approval granted in February by Sales J of a scheme for addressing their claims without litigation and dismissal of the Trust’s application to remove the NatWest bank as executor.


Josh Lewison passes California Bar Exam

We are delighted to announce that Josh Lewison has passed the California Bar Exam. Josh sat the July 2014 exam in Oakland, CA.

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