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Foundations: webinars for the construction industry

A series of webinars on legal issues affecting the construction and engineering industry. Please find recordings of our previous Foundations webinars below.

Alison Garrett

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:29:22 GMT+00:00

Half century of practice area rankings for Mills & Reeve in new edition of Chambers UK guide

We are delighted to have been ranked in an impressive 50 different practice areas in the latest edition of Chambers UK.

Claire Clarke

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:11:15 GMT+00:00

Job Support Scheme FAQs

The Job Support Scheme has two different elements: a wage subsidy for businesses that experience reduced demand (which has now been made significantly more generous) and a grant towards the wage costs of businesses that are required to close completely because of local lock-down restrictions.

Charles Pigott

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 14:10:48 GMT+00:00

Does legal advice privilege extend to foreign in-house lawyers?

A recent high court case clarifies that a party’s communications with its foreign lawyers, including its own foreign in-house team, are protected by the same legal advice privilege which also protects communications between English lawyers and their clients.

Douglas McDonald

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:54:41 GMT+00:00

What can we tell from recent allegations of judicial bias?

The last six months have seen a striking rise in the number of applications for High Court judges to recuse themselves because of alleged apparent bias. We ask whether this a blip brought on by present extreme circumstances or whether it is a trend that is likely to continue

Miranda Whiteley

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:46:34 GMT+00:00

When the laughter stops - when is an employer liable for an employee’s practical joke?

In this article we look at the concept of vicarious liability in the context of an employer’s liability for the acts of their employees, looking in particular at the recent case of Chell v Tarmac Cement and Lime Limited in which the High Court held that the employer was not vicariously liable for the acts of an employee who played a prank on a contractor resulting in serious injury.

Jack Fletcher

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:40:46 GMT+00:00

Recent litigation cases - October 2020

A round-up of some recent litigation cases that may be of interest to you.

Miranda Whiteley

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:34:49 GMT+00:00

Cover Talk webinar: Double Insurance and contribution

Liam Burnett and Adrian Kwintner discuss Double Insurance and contribution.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:41:15 GMT+00:00

Cover Talk webinar: Junior Adjusters checklists

A webinar by Virginia Hickley and Charlie Andrews.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:35:49 GMT+00:00

Cover Talk webinar: Business Interruption insurance and the impact of the FCA test case

Ben Hardiman looks at Business Interruption insurance and the impact of the FCA test case.

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:22:08 GMT+00:00

Conversations with Entrepreneurs

We are pleased to invite you to the first of six online events aimed at digital and creative businesses in the Midlands region.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:08:06 GMT+00:00

SessionCam sold to Glassbox Digital to support rapid growth

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) digital customer experience provider, SessionCam has been sold to Glassbox Digital, a provider of digital experience analytics for web and mobile applications, in a deal advised by Clearwater International.

James Hunter

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:54:42 GMT+00:00

1,200 jobs saved at Archant Media through pension restructuring

Mills & Reeve have acted on the restructuring of long-standing client, Archant Media, which has saved a 175-year-old business and 1,200 jobs.

Neil Smyth

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:12:54 GMT+00:00

Talking IP: Big Data - who owns what and how can you protect it?

In this session we discuss whether the availability of IP protection for Big Data (and its applications) matches current and future business needs.

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:00:13 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve celebrates win at Health Investor Awards 2020

Mills & Reeve's health & care team prove their sector strength by winning Legal Advisor of the Year – Public in this year’s Health Investor Awards.

Jill Mason

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:44:40 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve advise on transaction by NHS trust to purchase private hospital

Mills & Reeve’s health & care team has acted on a purchase that will create additional capacity for NHS operations and procedures.

Natalie Wade

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 09:54:02 GMT+00:00

Gearing Up for Brexit: A deep dive into immigration and VAT

Following the success of our first Gearing Up for Brexit webinar, Mills & Reeve and Garbutt & Elliott are delighted to announce the second in our series of updates focused on how to prepare your business for Brexit.

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 09:05:34 GMT+00:00

Developing NHS-led Lead Provider Collaboratives: FAQs to support you

NHS-led lead provider collaboratives represent an opportunity to transform health care delivery while driving improvements in patient outcomes and lived experience. All of which support the ambitions of the long-term plan.

Charlotte Lewis

Fri, 9 Oct 2020 09:43:03 GMT+00:00

Brexit and IP – what next?

On 31 January 2020, having ratified the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK left the EU and entered into a transition period which ends on 31 December 2020.

Richard Plaistowe

Thu, 8 Oct 2020 14:24:34 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve makes an IMPACT

Mills and Reeve has advised on IMPACT, the partnership of nine NHS and independent sector organisations providing Adult Secure Care services in the East Midlands.

Rhian Vandrill

Thu, 8 Oct 2020 10:51:27 GMT+00:00

Concealment, the limitation clock and cladding

In the context of a cladding claim (and an interim application for summary judgment brought by the Defendant ), the TCC decision in RG Securities (No.2) Ltd V (1) Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty CE (2) Building Lifeplans Ltd (3) R Maskell Ltd [2020] EWHC 1646 (TCC) is another case which supports the proposition that the discovery (or significant suspicion) of deliberately concealed information can effectively reset the limitation clock, even where a defendant may have already acquired a limitation defence.

Andrew McConnell

Thu, 8 Oct 2020 10:38:16 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve listed in top 30 most innovative law firms in Europe by the FT

Mills and Reeve has been listed in the top 30 most innovative law firms in Europe, according to the FT Innovative Lawyers 2020 report.

Ali Gamble

Wed, 7 Oct 2020 14:29:48 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve wins big at Legal Innovation Awards 2020

Mills & Reeve proved good things come in threes after scooping a hat trick of prizes at this year’s Legal Week Innovation Awards.

Trevor Comyn

Wed, 7 Oct 2020 10:24:02 GMT+00:00

Contract conversations: Terminating supply chain contracts safely (CIGA Act 2020)

Eric France and Lino Di Lorenzo discuss how to terminate contracts safely especially in the context of supply chains following the enactment of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.

Wed, 7 Oct 2020 09:40:07 GMT+00:00

Centre of main interests - yet again!

Under the Recast Insolvency Regulation ((EU) 2015/848), “main” insolvency proceedings can only be opened in the Member State in which the debtor has their centre of main interests (“comicile”).

Morgan Bowen

Tue, 6 Oct 2020 09:24:24 GMT+00:00

Insufficient evidence of directorship to support disqualification

Spiceroy Restaurant Ltd (the company) carried on the business of a restaurant. In June 2017, immigration officers entered the restaurant and arrested four migrant workers who did not have permission to work.

Jacob Walker

Tue, 6 Oct 2020 09:14:00 GMT+00:00

Court provides guidance on Section 283A

Section 283A IA gives a bankrupt’s trustee in bankruptcy three years to take steps to realise or secure the bankrupt’s interest in the bankrupt’s home. If, at the end of the three year period the bankrupt’s trustee has not taken the required steps the interest will re-vest in the bankrupt.

Jamie Wheatley

Tue, 6 Oct 2020 09:01:23 GMT+00:00

Latest challenge to business rates mitigation company

The Respondent companies operated schemes to enable landlords of empty property to avoid paying business rates.

Helen Fyles

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 15:40:43 GMT+00:00

Petition does not bypass binding arbitration

The High Court confirmed that parties should not try to bypass an arbitration clause by presenting a winding-up petition.

Catherine Noble

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 15:33:44 GMT+00:00

Financial sector company wound-up

London Capital Marketing Ltd, a company operating in the financial sector, has been wound up following a petition presented by a connected company on the basis that it was unable to pay its debts as they fall due.

Jack Gale

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 15:23:59 GMT+00:00

First restructuring plan approved

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 introduced a new form of insolvency procedure known as a restructuring plan, a scheme of arrangement which brings with it the potential to bind dissenting classes of creditors. We now have the first reported example of a plan having being sanctioned for a restructure of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited, albeit one where there was no need for any class to be crammed down.

Lino Di Lorenzo

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 15:16:14 GMT+00:00

Round one on Comet to the liquidator

Eight months before it went into administration, Comet repaid a loan to a potentially connected party as part of a wider sale. It was intended that a sale of shares in Comet to another party was to happen immediately before the loan repayment took place, but, in fact, the loan was potentially repaid around 20 minutes before the share sale.

Neil Smyth

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 15:11:41 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve enjoys another stellar performance in Legal 500

We are delighted to have once again performed well in the latest edition of The Legal 500 UK.

Claire Clarke

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 10:24:48 GMT+00:00

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: frequently asked questions

Significant changes to the Scheme to make it more flexible took effect on 1 July. From 1 August, employers have started contributing to furloughed employees’ wages costs. The Scheme closes on 31 October and the final deadline for making or adjusting claims is 30 November.

David Mills

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 09:54:06 GMT+00:00

IQ Capital participated in investment rounds totalling over £235m in first ten months of 2020

Mills & Reeve has advised long-standing client IQ Capital on a series of investments including investments under the Government backed Future Fund.

Zickie Lim

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 09:50:13 GMT+00:00

More details of post-Brexit immigration regime revealed

The Government has published further post-Brexit details of the new immigration system which replaces EU freedom of movement from the start of 2021

Alex Russell

Mon, 5 Oct 2020 08:37:59 GMT+00:00

Private Client Webinar: A window of opportunity for Inheritance Tax planning?

Andrew Playle, John Grundy, Deborah Clark and Elizabeth Field discuss current legislation and Inheritance Tax Planning.

Andrew Playle

Fri, 2 Oct 2020 14:26:36 GMT+00:00

Strength In Numbers: how to make the most of your land sale by joining forces with your neighbours

This series of interactive and informative webinars covers everything you need to know about sales of land by consortiums. Our real estate specialists explore the different elements of land sales in these concise and engaging webinars.

Caroline Hanratty

Fri, 2 Oct 2020 11:36:59 GMT+00:00

Criminal charges against safety driver highlight risk of “automation complacency”

The safety driver of a self-driving test vehicle faces a negligent homicide charge in Arizona. This highlights the difficulties of relying on a driver to take back control in an emergency.

Stephen Hamilton

Fri, 2 Oct 2020 09:17:21 GMT+00:00

Employment Webinar: The new post-Brexit immigration system

We cover what employers need to know about the new immigration system that will be in place from 1 January 2021 and the actions to take now to prepare for the changes.

Alex Russell

Thu, 1 Oct 2020 15:45:22 GMT+00:00

Brexit: Counting down to the end of the transitional period

As we approach the final three months of the transitional period, we assess the state of negotiations with the EU and explain what steps organisations should be considering now to prepare for the UK’s exit from the single market.

Charles Pigott

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:20:54 GMT+00:00

CIGA – extension of time

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2020 will come into force on 29 September 2020. This will amend a number of the provisions included within the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA). It appears to be a continuation of the Government’s attempts to give businesses additional breathing space to manage the impact of COVID-19.

Catherine Noble

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 08:17:30 GMT+00:00

Foundations: Modern methods of construction - what you need to know

The second in our ‘Foundations’ series of webinars on legal issues affecting the construction and engineering industry.

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:20:38 GMT+00:00

New research from Mills & Reeve shows resilience is key in rapidly changing world

In-depth research gives a telling insight into what clients want from a law firm in the future and, that while innovation and technological developments are expected, strong relationships remain key.

Justin Ripman

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:57:16 GMT+00:00

The search is on for the best tech businesses

Mills & Reeve has launched its annual search for the most pioneering technology companies in Yorkshire and the North West. Top Tech: Yorkshire and Top Tech: North West, in partnership with, are once again looking to showcase cutting-edge companies which have put both regions on the map as a hub for technological development and innovation.

Ali Gamble

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:26:15 GMT+00:00

Inspiring Women in Technology: Finding your 'appy place

Our fourth (but first virtual!) Inspiring Women in Technology event recorded on Wednesday 16 September 2020, is in conjunction with One HealthTech and Code Nation, and discusses technology and wellbeing.

Sarah Whyman

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:53:51 GMT+00:00

Contract Conversations: webinar series on contractual disputes

The Contract Conversations webinar series, are bi-weekly bitesized events aimed specifically at people dealing with commercial contracts on a day-to-day basis.

Mark Davison

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:37:49 GMT+00:00

NEW edition of Who Pays? published: Is 2020 the year of clarity for responsibilities for detention and aftercare under the Mental Health Act 1983?

Welcome to the final article in our series of briefings on the new edition of Who Pays? This time we are going to focus on how to establish the identity of the party with funding responsibility for detentions and aftercare packages under MHA 1983.

Jane Williams

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:53:36 GMT+00:00

The Meaning of (design) Life

In the article we look at the way in which contracting parties define the use of the phrase “design life”. We find that allegations as to breaches of design are often couched in terms of a contractual failure to comply with designated design life requirements as specified in the contractual documents. But what does the term “designated design life requirements (“DDLR”)“ mean? And what arguments can be raised in its defence?

Miranda Perks

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 12:31:13 GMT+00:00

The intellectual property system just doesn’t work for AI

Well, maybe that’s not quite true, but it is a concern for many in the field.

Mark Pearce

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:50:59 GMT+00:00