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Life Cycle: Webinars for sportspeople, artists and celebrities

A two part series of webinars In conjunction with international agents and promoters, JL Romanillos Ltd.

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:29:05 GMT+00:00

Landmark decision on domestic abuse allegations in Family Courts

The Mills & Reeve Family and Children team recently represented a parent in a landmark case dealing with how the Family Court treats allegations of domestic abuse

Zoe Fleetwood

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 08:37:15 GMT+00:00

New partnership to transform pathology services in South East London

Pathology plays a key role in supporting the diagnosis of illness and devising new treatments to fight viruses, infections and diseases, and has been critical in helping to formulate the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rhian Vandrill

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 13:13:56 GMT+00:00

Part 26A scheme not within scope of Lugano Convention

The insolvency criteria for instigating a Part 26A scheme had the effect that Part 26A schemes fall within the insolvency carve out contained in the Lugano Convention and so are not within its scope.

Morgan Bowen

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 11:16:18 GMT+00:00

Finally a conclusion to 16 year-long CVA

Administrators of TXU UK Ltd applied to conclude a 16 year-long Company Voluntary Arrangement (“CVA”) despite existence of contingent personal injury and pension claims.

Jack Gale

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 11:03:25 GMT+00:00

Application to extend time for rescission dismissed

Sarjanda Ltd (Sarjanda) was a property development company. It entered compulsory liquidation on 29 August 2018. Although not trading at the date of liquidation, the Applicants (Sarjanda and a contributory) believed that Sarjanda had claims against its professional advisors worth c.£600,000. If the claims were successful, Sarjanda may pursue projects in the future.

Catherine Noble

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 10:48:49 GMT+00:00

A simple debt claim or an insolvency proceeding?

The company entered into administration in June 2018 and in June 2020 moved to a creditors’ voluntary liquidation. In March 2020, the administrators (now liquidators) sought a declaration from the court that the shareholders of the company pay to the company the balance of 70% of their share capital. The shareholders applied to strike out the liquidators’ claim.

Sian Hughes

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 10:37:13 GMT+00:00

Remedying filings with Registrar of Companies

The administrators of the company filed a statement of affairs with the Registrar of Companies containing, in error, the schedules referred to in rule 3.30(6)(b) Insolvency Rules (schedules of employees and consumers claiming amounts paid in advance for the supply of goods and services). Rule 3.32(2) prohibits the filing of these schedules by administrators, quite aside from any possible breach of data legislation in relation to the employees.

Jamie Wheatley

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 10:24:15 GMT+00:00

Provisional relief unnecessary once main foreign proceedings recognised

A provisional relief order had been made under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 (CIBR 2006), effectively freezing a Russian bankrupt’s assets worldwide.

Jacob Walker

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 10:19:48 GMT+00:00

Steinhoff scheme of arrangement approved

Steinhoff International Holdings NV, the ultimate holding company of the Steinhoff Group applied for an order sanctioning a scheme of arrangement. The scheme was narrow in that it sought to authorise amendments to some finance documents.

Lino Di Lorenzo

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 10:14:46 GMT+00:00

Good news for charity trustees

The Official Receiver (OR) pursued disqualification orders against the non-executive trustees and directors of the Kids Company charity, along with its CEO who it alleged was a de facto director.

Neil Smyth

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 10:02:19 GMT+00:00

What's hAPPening? - Ready to launch: ensuring everyone’s ‘appy

Mills & Reeve and ORCHA present three interactive online webinars on health, wellbeing and medical device apps. During our sessions we will cover some key legal, regulatory and commercial issues, wherever you are in your development journey.

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 09:52:28 GMT+00:00

What's hAPPening? - On the way: thinking about where you are heading

Mills & Reeve and ORCHA present three interactive online webinars on health, wellbeing and medical device apps. During our sessions we will cover some key legal, regulatory and commercial issues, wherever you are in your development journey.

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 09:14:08 GMT+00:00

What’s hAPPening? - Starting out: our digital health landscape

Mills & Reeve and ORCHA present three interactive online webinars on health, wellbeing and medical device apps. During our sessions we will cover some key legal, regulatory and commercial issues, wherever you are in your development journey.

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 08:44:50 GMT+00:00

The tax risks of working remotely from overseas

As the coronavirus pandemic extends into a second year, working remotely from an attractive overseas location can be an appealing prospect. However, the tax implications should not be forgotten.

Kevin Lowe

Wed, 7 Apr 2021 16:19:14 GMT+00:00

Asda staff win a major victory in their equal pay claim

In a hotly anticipated decision at the Supreme Court last week, Asda supermarket staff won a major victory in their equal pay claim against Asda. Although the ruling does not mean the approximately 35,000 claimants have won the right to equal pay, the ruling does represent a big step forward and means their claim can continue.

Richard Santy

Tue, 6 Apr 2021 13:55:19 GMT+00:00

Brownfield development webinar: Environmental liability transfer - tactics for developers

The fourth in our joint series of webinars with RSK.

Thu, 1 Apr 2021 11:46:20 GMT+00:00

Brownfield development webinar: environmental insurance - transfer risk from the transaction

Our Third joint webinar with RSK for developers and investors in brownfield sites.

Thu, 1 Apr 2021 11:37:09 GMT+00:00

Brownfield development webinars: Maximising the value of brownfield assets through natural capital thinking and rewilding

The second in Mills & Reeve and RSK's series of short webinars for developers and investors in brownfield sites.

Thu, 1 Apr 2021 10:22:04 GMT+00:00

Brownfield Development webinars: Land remediation relief - here today but could be gone tomorrow!

Mills & Reeve and RSK are hosting a series of short webinars for developers and investors in brownfield sites.

Thu, 1 Apr 2021 09:57:24 GMT+00:00

New gender and ethnicity pay gap report published by Mills & Reeve

Mills & Reeve's overall gender pay gap has reduced this year, with the mean down 4.3% to 16.0% and the median falling 12.6% to 19.5%. The firm is steadily closing the gender pay gap each year and has done so every year that it has been reporting on gender pay data.

Claire Clarke

Thu, 1 Apr 2021 08:41:42 GMT+00:00

Breaking Ground: Typical exclusions in construction PI policies

The third in our Breaking Ground series looks at exclusions in PI policies.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 10:41:08 GMT+00:00

Breaking Ground: Scope of cover of a typical construction PI policy

Our second Breaking Ground webinar.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 10:35:26 GMT+00:00

Breaking Ground: Insurance associated with a typical construction project

The first in our series of webinars for construction and engineering risk specialists.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 10:21:29 GMT+00:00

Foundations: webinars for the construction and engineering industry

A series of webinars on legal issues affecting the construction and engineering industry.

Alison Garrett

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 10:13:25 GMT+00:00

Private Affairs comes to life

The first webinar in the series of our Private Affairs comes to life.

Chris Belcher

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 09:19:34 GMT+00:00

Rejection in triplicate: Section 117 responsible commissioner revisited (again...and again…and again…)

In a curious turn of events on Ordinary Residence determinations, Jane Williams reviews the judicial review proceedings in R (Worcestershire County Council) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Jane Williams

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 15:41:36 GMT+00:00

Build to Rent: Resilient despite the pandemic?

The Build to Rent (BTR) sector enjoyed impressive growth before the pandemic. With around one in five households in the UK now renting, BTR has been well positioned to benefit.

Vanessa Warren

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 15:34:05 GMT+00:00

Existing buildings - re-use and recycle

2019 brought the climate crisis into worldwide focus, and with UK building operations accounting for approximately 30% of the country’s emissions, tackling climate change has become impossible for the property industry to ignore. With the Government’s target to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, a focus on sustainability is very much on the agenda.

Catherine Anderson

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 15:26:28 GMT+00:00

The latest employment rates and limits

New rates for many statutory payments and compensation limits will apply from April 2020. We have set out the latest figures in a helpful table, for HR professionals to download and have to hand.

Amy O'Brien

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 14:14:26 GMT+00:00

Landmark judgment on domestic abuse cases by courts

The Court of Appeal has today handed down a landmark judgment which examines the handling of domestic abuse cases by courts concerning appeals which feature allegations that emerged during private proceedings centred on access to children.

Zoe Fleetwood

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 10:53:30 GMT+00:00

Conversations with Entrepreneurs

This month, we focus on the Clean Tech sector and explore how the West Midlands is equipped to capitalise on the hydrogen economy.

Mon, 29 Mar 2021 11:16:59 GMT+00:00

I’ve just been notified of an English freezing order. Help!

People located outside of the UK are often concerned to learn they may be expected to comply with an English freezing order. If you are sent such an order you should take advice as soon as possible. However, the good news is that if you find yourself in this situation there are a number of things you can check that may mean you are not required to comply with the order. You may even be entitled to recover from the applicant your expenses incurred obtaining legal advice in respect of the order, or applying to the court to clarify your obligations.

Eric France

Mon, 29 Mar 2021 08:04:01 GMT+00:00

Biotech patents – assessing validity for broad claims

The 2020 ruling of the UK Supreme Court in Regeneron v Kymab made sense in context. The humanised antibodies that could be made using the methods described in the patent did not deliver enough useful outcomes to merit a monopoly over a whole field. However, there have been concerns about the way the decision was framed. Would it prove to be a sensible step forward, or would it cut the legs out from under too many biotechnology patents.

Mark Pearce

Fri, 26 Mar 2021 12:10:37 GMT+00:00

Cover Talk: Webinars for the insurance sector

Cover Talk is a series of bitesized webinars aimed specifically at insurers, insurance brokers and those working in the insurance sector.

Andrew Tobin

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 17:21:59 GMT+00:00

The future of fuel stations

A panel of experts present their views on what fuel stations will look like in the future.

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 12:43:26 GMT+00:00

Making the most of social value in public procurement

Our speakers give you a useful overview of the Social Value Model before digging down into some of the real world issues when incorporating social value into their procurements.

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 12:28:24 GMT+00:00

Cover Talk: Malpractice insurance for medical professionals

Matthew Wilson and Claire Loveday will dissect a malpractice insurance policy.

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:00:55 GMT+00:00

Cover Talk: An introduction to property insurance

Pete Moloney and Andrew Tobin will present an introduction to property insurance.

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 09:23:55 GMT+00:00

Employment law update for the health and care sector

Our team present the latest employment law update for the health and care sector.

Stuart Craig

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 16:06:14 GMT+00:00

Cover Talk: Crypto in insurance & blocking bitcoin

Tom Filby will be looking at the rise and relevance of cryptocurrency issues in insurance.

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 11:06:44 GMT+00:00

HR Energy

James Kidd

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 10:59:48 GMT+00:00

In-house in Focus webinar series

A series of webinars for in-house lawyers looking for practical and commercial advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jayne Hussey

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 10:53:14 GMT+00:00

TECHtalk Byte-Size

Jagvinder Singh Kang looks at untangling important GDPR concepts - joint controllers, controllers and processors.

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 10:09:55 GMT+00:00

Occupational stress in the workplace

Jagjit Virdi, Angela Lown and Chris Gough discuss managing the risks, the employment tribunal and the compensation claim.

Jagjit Virdi

Tue, 23 Mar 2021 09:53:13 GMT+00:00

Corporate law collectives

Buy and build, consolidation, platform Bolt-ons, add-ons, roll-up strategy - these are some of the terms used to describe a target company, the "platform", then adding on other similar companies (often smaller) by acquisition. Its aim is to generate value at an often faster rate than through organic growth. Investors, such as PE houses, often use this route with their investment companies until they exit.

Natalie Wade

Tue, 23 Mar 2021 09:43:30 GMT+00:00

Contract Conversations: webinar series on contractual disputes

Our Contract Conversations webinars are bi-weekly bitesized events aimed specifically at people dealing with commercial contracts on a day-to-day basis.

Mark Davison

Tue, 23 Mar 2021 08:37:49 GMT+00:00

Protecting reputation - why understanding your supply chain is so important

The recent case brought against Biffa by three individuals who were victims of human trafficking and slavery has emphasised, yet again, the importance for businesses of carrying out effective due diligence on their supply chains.

Fay Lyttle

Mon, 22 Mar 2021 14:49:55 GMT+00:00

Inspiring Women in Technology

A joint series of webinars interviewing inspiring women in the technology sector.

Sarah Whyman

Fri, 19 Mar 2021 09:23:10 GMT+00:00

Patient Capital Investment: On the sofa sessions

We bring you a series of Interactive and insightful Q&A’s with leading names in the world of Real Estate and Patient Capital Investment.

Carina Cobbold

Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:57:45 GMT+00:00