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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

Pitmans crowned as top firm for trainee work/life balance

October 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans has been awarded winner of the best work/life balance in the 2016 Lex 100 - a survey that is recognised as the most comprehensive valuation of training opportunities at law firms across the UK.

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Pensions Ombudsman: John Brian Richardson v Carey Pensions

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

rustees’ limited due diligence in relation to unregulated investments can be permitted in certain circumstances.

Pensions Ombudsman (PO-6006, 15 March 2016): John Brian Richardson v Carey Pensions UK LLP and Carey Pensions Trustees Limited (“Carey Pensions”)
Case Background

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OPEN Health acquire Choice Healthcare Solutions

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans LLP has acted on the sale of Choice Healthcare Solutions (CHS) to Open Health.

CHS are a specialist medical communications agency with offices in London, Chicago and Dubai. They create and deliver a range of communications solutions for leading international businesses in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Government Consultation Published on Options for Restructuring the British Steel Pension Scheme

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

On 26 May 2016 the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) published a consultation paper about the options for restructuring the British Steel Pension Scheme (“BSPS”).

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The Key to Successful Recoveries…

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

.... Be prepared, or prepare to fail. Points to consider when identifying and pursuing subrogated property damage claims.

Property damage claims can often be complex so it is important that all who examine potential subrogated claims understand what to look out for from the outset.

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Impact of the new health and safety sentencing guidelines

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

The guidelines for offences concerning health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene came into force on 1 February 2016. They also apply to offences committed before that date. Regardless of whether any harm was actually caused, the courts are required to assess the overall seriousness of the offence based on the offender's culpability and the risk of serious harm.

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Pitmans acts for Novacyt S.A on its acquisition of Primer Design Limited

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans LLP, led by partner Philip Weaver, assisted by director Jasmine Murphy and solicitor Laurel Knight, has acted for Novacyt S.A, a leader in the field of cellular diagnostics, specialising in cancer and infectious disease diagnostics, on its acquisition of Primer Design Limited (Primer Design).

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Football tournament raises £1,500 for charity

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

On 10 June, Pitmans held a 5 a side charity football tournament in Reading in aid of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
Football tournament raises £1,500 for charity

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Responses to the Government consultation on restructuring the British Steel Pension Scheme

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

The British Steel scheme trustees and PPF have responded to the Government consultation regarding the restructuring of the British Steel Pension Scheme.
Overview

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Pitmans acts for finnCap on Tax Systems Plc reverse takeover

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans has advised finnCap Ltd in its role as nominated adviser and broker to Eco City Vehicles Plc (to be re-named Tax Systems Plc) in connection with the reverse takeover of Tax Computer Systems Limited (“TCSL”) for an enterprise value of £73 million and an associated placing to raise £45 million.

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Pitmans acts for finnCap on Tax Systems Plc reverse takeover

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans has advised finnCap Ltd in its role as nominated adviser and broker to Eco City Vehicles Plc (to be re-named Tax Systems Plc) in connection with the reverse takeover of Tax Computer Systems Limited (“TCSL”) for an enterprise value of £73 million and an associated placing to raise £45 million.

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Landlords’ right to build subject to quiet enjoyment covenant

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

The High Court has recently considered whether a landlord breached its covenant for quiet enjoyment by carrying out rebuilding works (Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corporation and another [2016] EWHC 1075 (Ch)).
Background

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Is there any point in using a Variations Clause?

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

The Court of Appeal has issued another decision confirming the limited effectiveness of contractual clauses which attempt to prohibit any variations to a contract that are not made in writing and agreed by both parties.

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Energy efficiency for business premises

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) may not be something you have given much thought to as a tenant since they will essentially be a landlord’s problem. But if you occupy premises as a tenant, then there could be an impact on your organisation’s current lease or on any new lease you enter into if MEES are not met. Also, if you underlet then you would be a landlord in those circumstances in any event and so bound by the regulations.

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Energy efficiency for business premises

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) may not be something you have given much thought to as a tenant since they will essentially be a landlord’s problem. But if you occupy premises as a tenant, then there could be an impact on your organisation’s current lease or on any new lease you enter into if MEES are not met. Also, if you underlet then you would be a landlord in those circumstances in any event and so bound by the regulations.
What is the issue?

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Employment Law - notable cases in 2016

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

We take a look at some of the significant cases in employment law so far this year.
Vicarious liability in the workplace

The Supreme Court has recently expanded the range of factual circumstances in which an employer can be held responsible for the actions of its employees. In order to establish this vicarious liability, it must be shown that there is:

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Pitmans advises on sale of Ridgeway Group in £106.8m deal - See more at: http://www.legal500.com/fi

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

June 2016

Ridgeway Group, long-standing client of Pitmans, has been purchased by Marshall Motor Holdings PLC, one of the UK's leading automotive retail and leasing groups. The aggregate turnover of the two businesses will be £2.2 billion.

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Gender Pay Gaps: The Latest Reporting Requirements

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

May 2016

On average, male employees are paid more than female employees. In 2015, men working full-time were paid approximately 9.4% more than women working full-time. As a result, the government is working to introduce measures with the aim of reducing this gap.
The new gender pay gap reporting regime

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Pitmans launches apprenticeship programme for aspiring lawyers

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans has launched a paid apprenticeship programme in partnership with the award winning legal apprenticeship specialists Damar Training. The scheme will create an opportunity for three young people interested in the legal sector to combine their studies with gaining valuable experience working for a law firm.

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LEAVING THE EU – What now for UK Employment Laws?

July 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Numerous UK employment laws are linked to the EU for example, working time, discrimination rights, TUPE and agency workers rights. A UK government outside of the EU could re-write these laws. To do so though would require a political mandate. Would such a mandate be given or even sought?

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Pitmans advises on sale of Ridgeway Group in £106.8m deal

June 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Ridgeway Group, long-standing client of Pitmans, has been purchased by Marshall Motor Holdings PLC, one of the UK's leading automotive retail and leasing groups. The aggregate turnover of the two businesses will be £2.2 billion.

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Gender Pay Gaps: The Latest Reporting Requirements

May 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

On average, male employees are paid more than female employees. In 2015, men working full-time were paid approximately 9.4% more than women working full-time. As a result, the government is working to introduce measures with the aim of reducing this gap.

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Pitmans acts on Westcoast’s acquisition of Art Systems Holdings Ltd

May 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans LLP has acted on behalf of its longstanding client, Westcoast (Holdings) Limited on its acquisition of Art Systems Holdings Limited.

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Insolvency Update: Changes that take effect from April 2016

May 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Insolvency Express Trials

The Department of Justice has issued a practice direction in connection with the new insolvency express trials pilot.

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The Apprenticeship Levy

May 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Following last year’s autumn statement, HMRC has now published draft legislation which introduces the proposed new apprenticeship levy. The levy will have effect from 6 April 2017.

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Coutinho -v- Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Ltd Judgment 29 April 2016

May 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

SOUTHAMPTON -- LV=, represented by Pitmans LLP, have won a case involving a fraudulent household insurance claim worth almost £50,000.

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Pitmans promotes two Partners

May 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans today announced that Oliver Kelly (corporate) and Matt Heyworth (private client) will become partners as of 1 May 2016.

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Pitmans advised the acquirer and the management team on the £12M MBO of Westfield Medical

May 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

The management team were backed by Maven Capital Partners with PNC providing debt facilities.

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Supreme Court ruling will lead to increase in business rates

May 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Many businesses will be liable for increased business rates following last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Woolway (Valuation Officer) v Mazars LLP.

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Pitmans advises Premier Marina Ltd on Noss Marina Acquisition

May 2016. Press Releases by Pitmans LLP (view listing).

Pitmans has advised Premier Marinas Limited on its acquisition of Noss Marina, which is just outside Dartmouth, from the Administrators Duff & Phelps.

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Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has  ‘previously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules’,  the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11). 
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS – CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.