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Monitoring the Mental Health Act 2022/23: key points to note

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its latest annual report on 21 March 2024. There are 76 pages to be digested.

Jill Mason

Mon, 15 Apr 2024 17:04:45 GMT+01:00

Commentary on Savage v Savage – “More like guidelines than actual rules”

The Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in Savage v Savage. This case concerned the factors to be considered by a Court when deciding whether to grant an Order under s.14 of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. In particular, how to take account of the majority view in disputes between joint owners of property.

James Russ

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 15:36:18 GMT+01:00

Five in Twenty Five: Implementation

The next in our Five in Twenty Five webinar series.

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:24:16 GMT+01:00

Five in Twenty Five: Running the Contract

The next in our Five in Twenty Five webinar series.

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:13:58 GMT+01:00

Five in Twenty Five: The Challenges of the Procurement Act

The next in our Five in Twenty Five webinar series.

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:00:13 GMT+01:00

Four months on from Operation X: Secrets of the Horse Billionaire

In this article, Giverny Wroe, a senior associate in our sports and insurance disputes team, provides an overview of the action taken by various regulatory bodies following the documentary, Operation X: Secrets of the Horse Billionaire.

Giverny Wroe

Wed, 10 Apr 2024 10:54:13 GMT+01:00

Lack of company records is no defence

Liquidators of a scrap metal company brought claims against a director (Mr Crabb) relating to the under-declaration of VAT, the extraction of large cash sums for no apparent benefit of the company, and the destruction of books and records.

Jacob Walker

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 16:07:36 GMT+01:00

Safeguarding under the Payment Services Regulations

This case concerned an application by a members’ voluntary liquidation liquidator of an electronic money institution for directions in relation to certain residual money held by the company that had not been claimed by clients.

Morgan Bowen

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 15:45:50 GMT+01:00

Abu Dhabi bankruptcies recognised as foreign main proceedings

Khaleefa Butti Omair Yousif Almuhairi and His Excellency Saeed Mohamed Butti Khalfan Alqebaisi (the debtors) are subject to bankruptcy proceedings in Abu Dhabi.

Catherine Noble

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 15:15:45 GMT+01:00

No delivery up of assets as set-off

This application concerned a dispute arising out of construction works carried out by Castletech Retail for L’Occitane Limited. When Castletech went into liquidation, it claimed to be owed £396,000 by L’Occitane. L’Occitane had served a pay less notice asserting no sums were due and claimed repayment of £676,000.

Lino Di Lorenzo

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 13:40:10 GMT+01:00

Court allows appointment of joint administrators as joint liquidators

The joint administrators of the company made an application seeking various orders, including that: (1) the company be wound up under the Insolvency Act 1986 and they be appointed as joint liquidators; and (2) their remuneration, as joint liquidators, should be fixed in advance as 20% of the value of any assets recovered in the liquidation.

Preena Lal

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 13:25:51 GMT+01:00

Court approves modified restructuring plan

The court sanctioned a scheme of arrangement involving the restructuring of a German holding company's debts, totalling €264 million, which matured in August 2024.

Neil Smyth

Mon, 8 Apr 2024 13:14:36 GMT+01:00

Private Residence Relief – a brief summary

Angela Rayner has been in the news again recently, with questions persisting over whether she correctly declared capital gains tax (CGT) on the sale of her house in 2015. Most people know the headline, that you don’t pay CGT when you sell your home due to Principal Private Residence Relief (PPRR), so you may be wondering why this is a story.

Elizabeth Field

Fri, 5 Apr 2024 10:51:59 GMT+01:00

The Box: Has the Insurance Act made brokers a better E&O risk?

Our webinar series continues with a look at insurance brokers and whether, in light of recent Court decisions and broader factors, they are becoming a better risk for insurers.

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 14:26:27 GMT+01:00

Mental Health Act reform: the story so far

The arrival of the spring solstice on 21 March 2024 also saw the publication of the Government’s long-awaited response to the Joint Committee’s report on the draft Mental Health Bill.

Jill Mason

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 12:08:59 GMT+01:00

Aisle be staying – Sainsbury’s defeats landlord’s redevelopment ground

This year is set to put the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (LTA 1954) in the spotlight, with the publication of the Law Commission’s review due in Autumn 2024. One case which may now be brought within that review is Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited v Medley Assets Limited [2024], in which Sainsbury’s defeated its landlord’s opposition to its request for a new lease under the LTA 1954.

Samuel Maw

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 10:49:33 GMT+01:00

Breaking Ground: Policy Allocation within construction claims

Following the spike in year of account/policy allocation disputes post Grenfell, join us as we address these issues within a construction PI context.

Tue, 2 Apr 2024 10:43:32 GMT+01:00

10 years on: has the Cheshire West decision gone west?

Mrs Justice Lieven’s recent judgment perhaps represents the most serious (albeit first instance) challenge to Cheshire West in the 10 years since it was handed down. In this article, we explore the approach Mrs Lieven took to the question of deprivation of liberty of a child, which may have wider implications.

Leah Selkirk

Thu, 28 Mar 2024 14:10:53 GMT+00:00

Cover Talk: Employee fraud and Fidelity Insurance

In April's Cover Talk webinar, Arabella Hayward will be looking at employee fraud and fidelity insurance cover.

Thu, 28 Mar 2024 10:26:51 GMT+00:00

Five in Twenty Five - Procurement Act: Frameworks and Dynamic Markets

The next in our Five in Twenty Five webinar series.

Thu, 28 Mar 2024 09:39:16 GMT+00:00

Higher education providers and market exit: what would happen if a university became insolvent?

The financial headwinds facing the higher education sector are well-known. What is less clear is what would happen in practice if a university were to run out of money.

Wed, 27 Mar 2024 12:21:19 GMT+00:00

Walking the tightrope: balancing best interests decisions in covert medication and residence cases

A recent decision from Mr Justice Poole in the Court of Protection sheds new light on the intricacies surrounding best interests decisions in respect of the administration of covert medication and residence.

Katie Pilcher

Wed, 27 Mar 2024 09:38:31 GMT+00:00

Spring Budget: How does it impact trusts and property?

On 6th March 2024, the chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget featured tax changes of interest to trusts which hold property investments.

Paul Mitchell

Tue, 26 Mar 2024 15:55:05 GMT+00:00

CMA publishes its Annual Plan for 2024-2025

On 14 March 2024, after a period of consultation, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”), published its strategic plan for 2024-2025.

Kate Newman

Tue, 26 Mar 2024 10:30:17 GMT+00:00

Braceurself v NHS England: "sufficiently serious breach" requirement for procurement claim damages upheld

On 30 January 2024, the Court of Appeal judgment solidified this case as a leading authority on the award of damages in unlawful procurement claims.

Claire Crawford

Mon, 25 Mar 2024 13:31:44 GMT+00:00

Solicitors’ duties: the Court of Appeal decision in Miller v Irwin Mitchell LLP

In the recent case of Miller v Irwin Mitchell LLP, the Court of Appeal has provided useful guidance as to when law firms who operate legal helplines may owe a duty of care to the potential clients seeking the preliminary assistance of the helpline.

Lucy Chambers

Mon, 25 Mar 2024 13:24:28 GMT+00:00

A whistle-stop guide to managing disputes risk from the development of AI

In the fast-paced world of AI, where algorithms evolve faster than you can say "neural network", AI service providers, developers and those companies making use of AI in their business must take note.

Avneet Baryan

Mon, 25 Mar 2024 13:14:15 GMT+00:00

Litigation cases roundup – March 2024

We've brought together a roundup of some recent litigation cases.

Miranda Whiteley

Mon, 25 Mar 2024 13:01:00 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve recognised as real Living Wage Employer

Mills & Reeve has been accredited as a real Living Wage Employer by the Living Wage Foundation, a movement which ensures that everyone can earn a fair wage that meets their everyday needs.

Sandy Boyle

Fri, 22 Mar 2024 14:48:36 GMT+00:00

Competition issues in the food and agribusiness sector

Join Kate Newman, Simon Elsegood and Nicola Holmes from our competition team for a fireside chat about hot topics facing the food and agribusiness sector, including the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) policy priorities; the CMA’s enforcement activities and its approach to mergers involving businesses in the sector.

Fri, 22 Mar 2024 13:15:08 GMT+00:00

People Matter: Employment Law Update

Andrew Secker and Jameel Mann will explore the most important developments of the past six months, focusing on the practical implications for employers, HR professionals and in-house lawyers. We'll also look ahead to what the next six months is likely to have in store for us on the employment front.

Andrew Secker

Fri, 22 Mar 2024 13:03:42 GMT+00:00

Education - Employment update webinar series

In this webinar series we discuss important employment issues affecting higher education institutions. These sessions are for HR teams, senior management and in-house lawyers at higher education institutions.

Nicola Brown

Fri, 22 Mar 2024 12:18:34 GMT+00:00

Breaking Ground

Bitesize webinars for the construction and engineering risk market.

Andrea Lynch

Fri, 22 Mar 2024 10:24:53 GMT+00:00

A letter to the 12th Duke of Halstead on his estate planning

The Gentlemen, Guy Ritchie’s hit new Netflix series, sees the 13th Duke of Halstead inherit his father’s estate, only to discover that he's actually inherited a criminal empire. The family’s lawyer is seemingly unaware of the concept of inheritance tax and it appears that the deceased Duke would've benefitted from some better estate planning advice before his death. In this tongue and cheek letter to the late Duke, Alison Chaloner considers the advice she would've given had he instructed the Mills & Reeve private client team before his death.

Alison Chaloner

Fri, 22 Mar 2024 09:37:55 GMT+00:00

In-house in Focus: Navigating generative AI in the legal landscape - opportunities, challenges, and best practices

The April session of our In-house in Focus webinar series for in-house lawyers is now available to book.

Fri, 22 Mar 2024 08:51:00 GMT+00:00

People Matter: Immigration update

Recorded on 19 March 2024. Alex Russell, Mark Benton and Patricia Marleau look and the recent and upcoming immigration developments that employers need to be aware of.

Alex Russell

Thu, 21 Mar 2024 20:48:10 GMT+00:00

Wands at the ready: the battle for Gambon’s legacy

Sir Michael Gambon was a star of stage and screen, well-known for his role as Professor Albus Dumbledore in six Harry Potter films. However, Philippa Hart, his partner of over 20 years, with whom he shared two teenage sons, could be in a far from magical situation as recent reports reveal that she has been left nothing from his £1.5 million estate under the terms of his will.

Medi Evans

Thu, 21 Mar 2024 15:54:55 GMT+00:00

Letters of Intent - enter at your own risk!

Is it ever a good idea to commence works under a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) without finalising a formal construction contract?

Sevinder Malli

Thu, 21 Mar 2024 15:52:24 GMT+00:00

Inspiring Women in Technology

A series of virtual discussions with leaders, key players and “up and coming” specialists in the tech scene on how women can break into the industry, overcome challenges and forge a meaningful and successful career in tech.

Sophie Burton-Jones

Thu, 21 Mar 2024 14:48:36 GMT+00:00

The computer isn’t always right: safeguards are needed to ensure data accuracy

Widespread use of computerised processed and electronic datasets, without appropriate safeguards, can result in personal data breaches plus wider breaches of the data protection principles set out in UK data protection legislation.

Claire Williams

Thu, 21 Mar 2024 13:41:54 GMT+00:00

Supporting business owners – a holistic approach to legal services

Andrew Moore

Thu, 21 Mar 2024 09:47:11 GMT+00:00

In-house in Focus webinar series

A series of webinars for in-house lawyers looking for practical and commercial advice.

Alex Newman

Wed, 20 Mar 2024 15:47:19 GMT+00:00

Statutory holiday entitlement: what changes in April

We assess the new rules on paid holidays for atypical workers, which are being phased in from 1 April 2024.

Charles Pigott

Wed, 20 Mar 2024 15:24:29 GMT+00:00

Art history in the making: Mills & Reeve advise on first artwork traded on new stock exchange

Leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has advised on the $55 million IPO of a masterpiece painting on the world’s first art stock exchange, Artex.

Michael Aubrey

Tue, 19 Mar 2024 09:21:22 GMT+00:00

Lobbying leads to reinstatement of high net worth and sophisticated investor eligibility thresholds

New Government legislation implementing a number of amendments to financial promotion exemptions has been updated after concerns over the unintended impact of the changes.

Emily Cox

Mon, 18 Mar 2024 11:11:22 GMT+00:00

Spring Budget: reduction in capital gains tax rates

Jessica Cherry

Fri, 15 Mar 2024 14:12:16 GMT+00:00

Business rates – extension to Empty Property Relief reset period

The reset period required for property owners to benefit from Empty Property Relief has been extended to three months from 1 April 2024.

Richard New

Fri, 15 Mar 2024 10:58:57 GMT+00:00

People Matter - After the hearing: appeals

The final webinar in our People Matter Employment series focuses on hearings and appeals.

Remziye Ozcan

Fri, 15 Mar 2024 10:22:29 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

Fri, 15 Mar 2024 10:22:25 GMT+00:00

Process, people, place: the role of stewardship in residential development

We provide thoughts from a roundtable discussion held with Mills & Reeve and Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation Trust on the role of stewardship.

Anna Aldous

Fri, 15 Mar 2024 09:27:55 GMT+00:00