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Time waits for no one: an AI Bill is imminent

The Prime Minister, Keir Starmer, is set to introduce an AI Bill during the King’s Speech tomorrow. To say that this is long overdue is an understatement, although the efforts of Lord Holmes of Richmond with the AI Regulation Private Member’s Bill are not to be forgotten.

Avneet Baryan

Tue, 16 Jul 2024 16:58:50 GMT+01:00

People Matter: Post election webinar

Join us for the next webinar in the People Matter series.

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 15:40:26 GMT+01:00

We're growing in Leeds with an office move

Our Leeds office is investing in new office space after a year of unprecedented growth.

Paul Johnson

Mon, 15 Jul 2024 14:28:26 GMT+01:00

Operation of the Building Safety Fund

The Court of Appeal has provided a helpful analysis of the guidance for the Building Safety Fund (BSF), which does not require pursuit of third parties to a point of exhaustion before an application for funding can be made.

Dan Korcz

Fri, 12 Jul 2024 14:09:17 GMT+01:00

Mental capacity: best interests decisions on withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment

A recent Court of Protection decision delicately addresses best interests decisions in the context of withdrawing life-sustaining treatment

Neil Ward

Wed, 10 Jul 2024 10:14:08 GMT+01:00

Sewerage undertaker falls foul in discharging into Manchester Ship Canal

On 2 July 2024, the Supreme Court ruled that The Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd is entitled to bring a private claim in nuisance or trespass when its canal is polluted by discharges of foul water from outfalls maintained by the statutory sewerage undertaker, United Utilities Water Ltd. This decision could mean water companies face a raft of legal challenges.

Samuel Maw

Mon, 8 Jul 2024 15:07:10 GMT+01:00

Do I need to pay tax on my car collection?

Chances are, those looking to start or add to a car collection aren’t doing so with tax at the forefront of their mind. Thoughts are more likely to be around rarity, provenance or good old fashioned horsepower. But the reality is that, as collections grow and prices appreciate, those with a love of owning cars will have to think about tax at some point or another.

Ellie Milner

Fri, 5 Jul 2024 15:34:54 GMT+01:00

Our VC investments team scoops business angel award

Our venture capital and investments team has won a prestigious award at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards.

Zickie Lim

Fri, 5 Jul 2024 11:13:10 GMT+01:00

People Matter: Higher Education Immigration Update

Recorded 25 June 2024. Alex Russell looks at the latest immigration developments and key issues that higher education institutions need to be aware of.

Alex Russell

Thu, 4 Jul 2024 15:54:57 GMT+01:00

Unregulated will writers

The creation of wills is a critical aspect of estate planning, ensuring that an individual's wishes are carefully thought through and then honoured posthumously. However, the use of unregulated will writers poses significant risks, which can have far-reaching consequences for the testator, their heirs, and the integrity of the estate distribution process.

Kirsten Crawley

Thu, 4 Jul 2024 15:08:37 GMT+01:00

The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Act 2024: Competition law issues for the life sciences sector

After much anticipation, the final text of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers (DMCC) Bill passed through the UK Parliament on 23 May 2024 and, with Royal Assent being received the following day, it is now law. It is expected that the DMCC Act will take effect in autumn 2024.

Kate Newman

Thu, 4 Jul 2024 11:11:45 GMT+01:00

The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Act 2024: Consumer protection issues for the life sciences sector

A major new law affecting a range of business activity has recently passed. We consider how it's likely to affect the life sciences sector in a series of articles. Here, we look at the changes to consumer protection law.

Katrina Anderson

Thu, 4 Jul 2024 09:32:38 GMT+01:00

Medical cannabis in the UK

We have been working alongside colleagues at Graf von Westphalen in Germany, and around the world, to bring together a comparative analysis of the regulation and use of cannabis-based medicines in different countries. This article sets out a series of standard questions, with our responses for the UK.

Stephanie Caird

Thu, 4 Jul 2024 09:20:03 GMT+01:00

Cover Talk: Insuring innovation - tackling Health Tech coverage gaps

In our upcoming Cover Talk webinar, speakers Sarah Rose and Amy Bell will be discussing Health Tech - what it is, where claims arise, and how the insurance industry's responding.

Mon, 1 Jul 2024 09:29:25 GMT+01:00

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

Mon, 1 Jul 2024 09:10:01 GMT+01:00

Paving the way for women in sport

Two of the greatest advocates for equality in female sports shared their stories on how they’ve broken down barriers and helped pave the way for future generations of women in sport.

Carol Couse

Mon, 1 Jul 2024 08:31:55 GMT+01:00

The risky business of festivals

Inheritance tax relief for business owners and the rules on excepted assets.

Alison Chaloner

Fri, 28 Jun 2024 16:05:04 GMT+01:00

Cyber technology firm receive multi-million pound growth funding

Our team of experts advised university spinout, Cavero Quantum, on a £2.2m capital investment to commercialise its passwordless secure cryptography technology

Zickie Lim

Thu, 27 Jun 2024 13:48:26 GMT+01:00

Family Matters webinar series

In this series of webinars, our family law experts present on important topics in family law. The sessions are designed to provide an interesting perspective on a variety of key issues across family law with an international thread.

Zoe Fleetwood

Wed, 26 Jun 2024 12:23:12 GMT+01:00

The Post Office Horizon scandal and the role of prosecutors

Largely thanks to the prime-time ITV dramatization, the Post Office Horizon scandal has brought to light the serious shortcomings in the way the Post Office handled the private prosecution of sub-postmasters. Whilst this has shocked the nation, unfortunately the actions of the Post Office in its role as prosecutor comes as no surprise for those with experience of public prosecutors.

Duncan Astill

Wed, 26 Jun 2024 07:58:00 GMT+01:00

Breaking Ground

Bitesize webinars for the construction and engineering risk market.

Andrea Lynch

Tue, 25 Jun 2024 17:06:22 GMT+01:00

FIFA football agent learning platform recognised for its excellence in client service innovation

The platform, which provides football agents with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed, has been commended for its ability to deliver exceptional results for clients.

Carol Couse

Mon, 24 Jun 2024 15:18:09 GMT+01:00

A Brief Account

Our insurance series 'a brief account' showcases bitesize discussions between our accountants liability team and insurance specialists.

David Gooding

Fri, 21 Jun 2024 12:04:25 GMT+01:00

Corporate partners advise on coach company merger

Our corporate team have advised on the merger of seven leading regional coach companies to create a national group

Craig Hodgson

Fri, 21 Jun 2024 09:06:24 GMT+01:00

Life Sciences Legal Forum

Recorded on 20 June 2024 by James Fry, head of life sciences sector, Kate Newman and Nicola Holmes of Mills & Reeve. The life sciences sector continues to be a priority for competition law enforcement activity. What are the current trends and what should businesses watch out for?

James Fry

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 14:33:06 GMT+01:00

Court refuses application to stay sale of family home

The appellant bankrupt made an application to stay the bankruptcy proceedings and the possession and sale of the family home pending the outcome of litigation which would have determined contingent creditor claims. This application was refused by the lower court.

Preena Lal

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 13:00:27 GMT+01:00

Unrecognised foreign judgments and winding up petitions

In Re Drelle, a debtor appealed a bankruptcy order made arising from a petition debt based on a Russian judgment. In dismissing Mr Drelle’s appeal, the court held that a petitioning creditor did not need to first convert or have the Russian judgment recognised by issuing proceedings in England as it fitted the definition of a debt under s.268 Insolvency Act 1986, and Mr Drelle had no genuine or substantive dispute to it.

Lino Di Lorenzo

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 12:41:06 GMT+01:00

Bankruptcy annulment refused

A bankrupt applied to annul the bankruptcy order on the basis that it ought not to have been made. She claimed that she had not been properly served and had not become aware of the bankruptcy order until more than a year after it had been made.

Jacob Walker

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 12:25:45 GMT+01:00

The liability of a guarantor mirrors that of the borrower

The petitioner was the security agent for Downing Development Lending Ltd (lender). Lauretz Maindonald was a property developer, who formerly controlled Lime Grove Tuffley Ltd (company). The company entered administration in February 2023.

Catherine Noble

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 11:37:20 GMT+01:00

Deathbed gifts

Carla Harris

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 11:27:12 GMT+01:00

Meet our new chief financial officer

Ruj Dev joins our senior leadership team as the new chief financial officer

Claire Clarke

Mon, 17 Jun 2024 10:03:50 GMT+01:00

Court guidance on Defective Premises Act 1972

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has recently provided useful guidance and analysis of issues that can possibly arise in claims brought under the Defective Premises Act 1972 (“DPA”).

Neusha Mazaher

Fri, 14 Jun 2024 11:44:10 GMT+01:00

Infected Blood Inquiry: risk management recommendations

In the final series of articles on the Infected Blood Inquiry, we consider the recommendations.

Jill Mason

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 15:37:57 GMT+01:00

Application for anti-suit injunction refused

This case concerned an application for an anti-suit injunction pursuant to section 37 of the Senior Courts Act 1981, seeking an injunction in relation to a bankruptcy application being brought in Russia against the backdrop of pre-existing English proceedings.

Morgan Bowen

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:54:37 GMT+01:00

Boris Becker obtains discharge from bankruptcy

Boris Becker was famously made bankrupt in 2017. In 2018, Mr Becker’s trustees in bankruptcy applied for, and obtained, an order suspending his discharge from bankruptcy, which otherwise would have taken place 12 months after the making of the bankruptcy order, due to non-co-operation, among other things.

Neil Smyth

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 11:43:31 GMT+01:00

Reinsurers win $41m political violence case following seizure of warehouse at US airbase by Taliban

In Hamilton Corporate Member and Others v (1) Afghan Global Insurance (2) Anham USA (3) Anham FZCO [2024] EWHC 1426 (Comm), the English High Court construed a political violence insurance policy finding in favour of reinsurers. Mills & Reeve LLP acted for the successful reinsurers.

Andrew Tobin

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 10:27:00 GMT+01:00

The Precision Breeding Act: the next steps for gene-edited foods

Katrina Anderson will be speaking at the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum policy conference focusing on gene-edited foods on Monday 17 June.

Katrina Anderson

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 10:16:58 GMT+01:00

We're expanding in Birmingham with eight internal promotions as we move to Paradise

As we move into our new office location at One Centenary Way, Birmingham, we're growing with four new partners and four newly qualified lawyers.

Jayne Hussey

Thu, 13 Jun 2024 09:21:36 GMT+01:00

Last man standing: what GP partners need to know about managing your lease

A common question we see from GP practices concerns the risks for the partner likely to be the last one or two left holding the lease. All the other partners have been able to retire and walk away from the liability, but can they?

Jennifer Lewis

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 09:19:16 GMT+01:00

People Matter: Dealing with statutory holiday entitlement

Recorded on 11 June. In this People Matter webinar, our speakers look at the issues that arise in relation to workers' statutory holiday entitlement including calculating holiday pay: common pitfalls, accrual during periods of leave, atypical workers: the new rules, to roll up or not to roll up?, dealing with back-dated claims.

Tue, 11 Jun 2024 14:34:52 GMT+01:00

The Box

We bring you a series of bitesize webinars for insurance brokers, intermediaries and their insurers.

James Thompson

Tue, 11 Jun 2024 14:33:35 GMT+01:00

Infected Blood Inquiry: lessons to be learned

In the second of a series of articles on the Infected Blood Inquiry, we review the lessons to be learned to ensure we avoid complacency.

Jill Mason

Tue, 11 Jun 2024 10:17:11 GMT+01:00

Infected Blood Inquiry: key findings

In the first of a series of articles on the Infected Blood Inquiry, we set out key elements relating to patient safety more widely.

Jill Mason

Mon, 10 Jun 2024 16:22:53 GMT+01:00

Inspiring women in tech In conversation with...Emma-Louise Fusari

Registration is now open for the July session of our Inspiring Women in Tech webinar series In conversation with…

Thu, 6 Jun 2024 14:44:30 GMT+01:00

Are the numbers of will disputes rising due to wills made in lockdown?

There's recently been a surge in disputes relating to wills which were made during the national pandemic and the ensuing lockdown which occurred.

Kieran Leahy

Mon, 3 Jun 2024 09:25:46 GMT+01:00

DMCC Act (finally) makes sweeping changes to competition and consumer law

After much anticipation, the final text of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers (DMCC) Bill passed through the UK Parliament on 23 May 2024 and, with Royal Assent being received the following day, it is now law.

Sara Warner

Wed, 29 May 2024 14:49:04 GMT+01:00

Eleven new partner promotions for 2024

Mills & Reeve’s partnership continues to grow with 11 new promotions on 1 June 2024.

Claire Clarke

Wed, 29 May 2024 12:29:09 GMT+01:00

Key change: The Ivory Act 2018

The UK is now home to some of the most stringent laws attempting to tackle the ivory trade thanks to the Ivory Act 2018. In this article we'll explain the effect of the Ivory Act 2018. We'll look at what is and isn't permitted, what is and isn't exempt, and how this might practically affect our clients.

Anthony Cule

Tue, 28 May 2024 13:01:10 GMT+01:00

Leading asset based lending partner joins our Manchester office

Simon Prendergast appointed to spearhead the growth of our asset based lending practice and launch the Manchester banking team.

Simon Prendergast

Tue, 28 May 2024 11:41:52 GMT+01:00

Foundations: webinars for the construction and engineering industry

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

Alison Garrett

Wed, 22 May 2024 15:02:38 GMT+01:00