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LONDON (Bywire News) - Controversial lawyer Neil Gerrard’s battle against ENRC took another interesting turn as he was accused of lying in court to cover up his role in assisting an SFO investigation. Gerrard, the former heard of white collar crime at Dechert is currently in court battling claims b...
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LONDON (Bywire News) - Bitcoin.org has been ordered to remove its copy of the Bitcoin White Paper from its site after failing to defend itself in court. With their founder who goes by the pseudonym Cobra failing to make an appearance, the judge said he had no option other than to find against the s...
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LONDON (Bywire News) - When a lawyer has to deny having been in ‘rape mode’ you know something is amiss. Even so, that’s the position controversial white collar crime lawyer Neil Gerrard finds himself in as he defends himself in the latest stage in a case brought against him by ENRC. They claim tha...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - Talks of a rescue deal for Sanjeev Gupta’s beleaguered metals empire collapsed after the Serious Fraud Office launched an investigation into suspected fraud. The SFO says it is looking into ‘the financing and conduct of the business of companies within the Gupta Family Gro...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - After a challenging year, the good times would seem to be back for law firms. March showed record levels of revenue. It’s good news for an industry that was badly hit during the pandemic and looks to be emerging stronger on the other side. According to figures from the Off...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - When Jonathan Reubin started following Gurvin Singh on Instagram, he thought he’d found an exciting new investment scheme. In a series of posts in which he posed in front of a gold Maserati, Singh claimed to have made millions trading Forex. Unfortunately for Reubin, Singh...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - In 2014, Natalia Potanina was awarded $41m as part of a divorce settlement with her billionaire husband, Vladimir Potanin. However, for her, it was not enough and she wants another hearing, this time in London. That hearing will be allowed to proceed thanks to a decision f...
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Back to the Office

LONDON (Within the Law) - With restrictions being lifted, Britain is getting back to work, and for many junior lawyers it can’t come soon enough. Lockdown has been tough. Workloads have been high, while the chance to learn from senior colleagues and adjust to life living in the city, has gone. Many...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - The UK legal sector was dealt a surprising blow this week when Brussels signalled it would oppose Britain joining the Lugano convention. A full decision is yet to be made and EU states are said to be split. However, the prospect of losing such access sent jitters throughou...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - After months of hibernation, offices and their workers are emerging, blinking into the light of day. For many, the first point of business is to find an open pub. Once that’s out of the way, there’s the issue of getting back to work, but this raises questions.  As the gove...
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Netflix has a habit of producing landmark documentaries on some of the most famous celebrity cases around. Their latest offering, Operation Varsity Blues, which saw actress Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman charged with bribery has got people talking with, according to law firm Wright Hassel, thou...
LONDON (Within the Law) - Anger is everywhere. Some are angry at the police, others are angry at me and some, for reasons best known to themselves are angry at Eddie Izzard. Keir Starmer has headed off to find a focus group to tell him whether he should support protests against rape, while the Cons...
Women hold signs during a protest, following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard, in London, Britain March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
LONDON (Within the Law) - SQE fees represent a serious threat to social mobility. That’s the claim from junior lawyers who say they are ‘extremely concerned’ that the solicitors qualifying exam will create a two-tier profession, after the University of Law published tuition fees.  The Junior Lawyer...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - A judge has criticised a law firm for illegally making deductions from a consultant solicitor’s pay. The employment tribunal found that dissatisfaction with the quality of work is not a reason to dock pay.  The tribunal had been hearing a claim for unlawful deductions, the...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - The dark world of corporate intelligence has found itself blinking uncomfortably in the spotlight in recent times, with several high-profile cases hitting the headlines. One of these came courtesy of the Financial Times which ran an interview with the latest Adrian Leppard...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - The law has often pitted the Goliaths against the Davids of the world. On the one hand, you have the multinational magic circle firms operating from statement offices with huge resources. Against them are smaller, but nimbler operations bringing innovative solutions to the...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - A legal ruling could lay the ground for the SNP’s Alex Salmond to give evidence to a Holyrood committee investigating the way the Scottish Government handled allegations made against him. The saga has the potential to become highly damaging for the party and its current le...
FILE PHOTO: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a session at the Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland Britain January 28, 2021. Robert Perry/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Within the Law) - As Britain emerged from the carnage of World War II in the forties the emphasis was on ‘building back better’. Nobody wanted to return to the old system. They knew that the war gave them a chance to reshape a better world than the one had gone before, and they succeeded....
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LONDON (Within the Law) - A top US law firm has moved into the UK with the acquisition of London based Kerman & Co. The move sees Teasdale expand outside the US for the first time. With a history stretching back more than a century, Armstrong Teasdale has 12 offices across the US with a headqua...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - Should MPs get six months of paid maternity leave? Only if they are Cabinet Ministers. That’s the message from a new bill being rushed through parliament. It was quickly put through to allow the Attorney General Suella Braverman to keep her post after having a baby. Howeve...
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IQE Settles IP Dispute

LONDON (Within the Law) -Semiconductor firm IQE has announced it settled an ongoing IP dispute out of court, with an award entirely in its favour.  The firm had won a tribunal hearing in 2019 with the final award delivered in December 2020. Since then, it has been involved in litigation in the US f...
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LONDON (Within the Law)- Mining giant ENRC has accused the UK's SFO of 'inducing a disgruntled employee' to circumvent the Kazakh mining group's legal privilege. It’s the latest round of a near eight-year battle between the mining giant and the British regulator.    Circumventing privilege Accordin...
A statue representing the scales of justice is seen on the roof of the Old Bailey courts in central London, January 26, 2007. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)
LONDON (Within the Law) - The modern world caught up with the Serious Fraud office as the Supreme Court dealt a big blow in its powers to fight cross border crime. The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was wrong to try and compel U.S. engineering, procurement and construction company KBR Inc to hand ov...
A sign is displayed in an unmarked Serious Fraud Office vehicle parked outside a building, in Mayfair, central London March 9, 2011. Property tycoons Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz were among nine people arrested on Wednesday after police raided addresses in London and Reykjavik linked to an investigation into the collapse of Iceland's Kaupthing Bank. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: CRIME LAW BUSINESS)
LONDON (Within the Law) - Liquidators overseeing the winding down of Patisserie Valerie say they will sue the auditor Grant Thornton for what it describes as ‘negligence’ in its role overseeing the statements of the company. The firm FRP Advisory which is managing the process said it hoped to secur...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - “You never forget the night you break into an airport.” That’s the remarkable way in which Ben Smoke’s recent article for the Guardian begins. He was among 15 people who broke into Stansted Airport and halted a deportation flight and were charged under laws meant to preven...
FILE PHOTO: A British Airways Boeing 747 G-CIVD leaves London Heathrow airport on it's final flight, the first of 31 jumbo jets to be retired early by the airline due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain August 18, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley/File Photo
LONDON (Within the Law) - Good news for animal cruelty fans as the RSPCA says it plans to stop private cases against them. For the last 200 years, the charity has regularly pursued private prosecutions against people it believes are responsible for animal cruelty. However, they now say they will le...
FILE PHOTO: Paddy, a mongrel, is seen in his kennel at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, in London, Britain June 9, 2020. Picture taken June 9, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley
LONDON (Within the Law) - In a blow to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a solicitor who was struck off in 2011 for money laundering has been restored to the roll.  According to a disciplinary tribunal, ‘much water has passed under the bridge,’ since Shadab Ahmed Khan was convicted of money laun...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - Pension deficits are a major problem for law firms, but none more so than Clifford Chance. Its deficit of £292 million is higher than any of its magic circle peers. However, the bad news is that it may be even worse than believed.  The company closed the scheme to future a...
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LONDON (Within the Law) - Remote working has been a revelation during the pandemic. It has allowed solicitors to continue working and kept some firms above water. In the long term, it offers a way for people to achieve a better work-life balance. However, in the short term, the always-on culture ca...
LONDON (Within the Law) - A barrister who accepted a loan from a client and provided misleading information has been disbarred at a disciplinary hearing.  The tribunal heard how David Kingsley Wedge, an unregistered barrister who was called to the bar in 2002 was struck off in 2019 for a series of...
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LONDON (Within The Law) - New figures paint a picture of the impact COVID 19 is having on the legal profession. While the proportion of barristers from an ethnic minority background is on the rise, the pandemic has flattened new pupillages and barristers. According to the figures, there were 17,432...
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