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Pre-pack administration for the retail sector

With the recent collapse of a few retailers, including House of Fraser earlier this month, and retail parks and shopping centres changing their business structure and appearance with the rise of online shopping, it is time to remind ourselves of what a ‘pre-pack’ can offer to retailers when things go wrong. What is a pre-pack? …

Pre-pack administration for the retail sector

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Seeing red – Louboutin’s trademark victory at the ECJ

In 1992 a fashion designer borrowed a pot of red nail varnish from his assistant, and in painting the sole of a stiletto heel in the scarlet colour, created a brand that is to many recognisable throughout the world as the work of Christian Louboutin. Earlier this summer, the European Court of Justice ruled that …

Seeing red – Louboutin’s trademark victory at the ECJ

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The Supreme Court rules on the need for variations to be agreed in writing

In a decision last week (16 May 2018), the Supreme Court held that a variation clause (also known as a no oral modification (NOM) clause) is legally effective, restoring the order of the County Court which had been overruled by the Court of Appeal. Variation or NOM clauses are commonplace in contracts for various reasons …

The Supreme Court rules on the need for variations to be agreed in writing

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Breaking Ranks – Women in the Law

Any woman working in the field of law will be acutely aware of the challenges that she will face if she is to be successful in her career. Commercial law, in particular, is historically dominated by men and brings with it a culture of long and unsociable hours. Women still retain primary responsibility for childcare, …

Breaking Ranks – Women in the Law

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Assets or Shares?

The Chancellor’s upbeat spring statement and predictions of the economy growing faster than expected, will hopefully provide some reassurance and optimism for UK businesses and investors. As a business owner, you are no doubt constantly seeking to grow and invest in your business, whatever the economic conditions and political uncertainties, such as Brexit. One way …

Assets or Shares?

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Advising Rex Bionics on Restructuring and New Investment

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has, together with Rex Bionics company secretary, Keith Robinson, of Sherrards Solicitors, advised Rex Bionics Plc (the “Company”), the pioneer of the REX Robot technology that enhances the mobility of wheelchair users, on a major restructuring of its group. This has permitted an initial investment of AUD7.5m (approximately £4.4m) and …

Advising Rex Bionics on Restructuring and New Investment

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