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Information technology - S&B advises Morse plc on sale of Morse's UK and Jersey investment management consulting business

Stevens & Bolton LLP acted for listed client Morse plc on the sale to the UK subsidiary of NYSE listed Navigant Consulting of Morse's UK and Jersey based investment management consulting business. The S&B team was led by corporate partner James...

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Commercial expert to speak at CIM digital marketing seminar

Commercial expert to speak at CIM digital marketing seminar Date:01 March 2010 Beverley Flynn, a partner in the commercial team at Stevens & Bolton LLP, will be speaking at the Chartered Institute of Marketing's 'Digital Marketing and the...

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Divorce tactics - getting the timing right

Last week's Court of Appeal judgement in the high profile divorce of property developer Peter Marano and his heiress wife has confirmed that the family court will decide cases based on the value of a family's assets at the time of a final hearing. Mr...

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Foreign divorce - A Second Bite of the Cherry?

The Supreme Court delivered an important ruling last week in upholding the decision of the English High Court and allowing a financial 'top up' to the award that a wife received on divorce from the Nigerian court. The case of Mr & Mrs Agbaje...

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Mortgage should lenders be asking about extra marital affairs?

Last week the Court of Appeal decided that a husband’s failure to disclose his extra-marital affair to his wife when they re-mortgaged the family home was a material fact ‘calling for disclosure’. The Court ruled that concealing the affair...

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Beware the spectre of your Ex!

Yesterday the Court of Appeal ordered a husband to pay £215,000 to his ex-wife even though he was divorced from her 25 years ago. David Vaughan QC had been paying his first wife Philippa £27,000 pa since 1989. At the age of 70, he applied to the...

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Stevens & Bolton LLP advises engineering client on the sale of a majority stake to a private equity investor

Stevens & Bolton LLP has advised the shareholders of Grimley Smith Associates Limited, an engineering design consultancy company on the sale of a 74% stake to Mayfair Capital Holdings Limited. The investment by Mayfair will be used to fund expansion and...

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Corporate Governance Guidance for Entrepreneurs

On 8 April 2010 the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa) issued one of the first ever detailed guidance notes for unlisted companies on corporate governance. Entitled Corporate Governance Guidance and Principles for Unlisted Companies in...

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A fairer future for cohabitants? Well, depending on the definition of a cohabitant..........

In 1996 cohabitants were added to the list of people who could make a claim for financial provision from a deceased person’s estate but only if they have been living together as Husband & Wife for at least 2 years. A recent report by the Law...

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A new era for contact: is there light at the end of the tunnel?

The Government recently announced that there is to be a major review of the family justice system. The review will be aimed at allowing children greater access to their fathers and grandparents after parents separate. There are also plans afoot to provide...

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Information technology experts to speak at CLT conference

Stevens & Bolton LLP information technology experts, Michael Frisby and David Wilkinson have been invited to speak at the CLT 'IT Agreements Conference 2010' to be held on 20 September in London. The conference focuses on a range of different IT...

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Relocation, Relocation: high profile judge calls for a review of the law

 High Court judge has called for an urgent review of the way cases are dealt with involving a parent applying to permanently relocate abroad with children, against the wishes of the other parent. His call echoes the views of the Court of Appeal in...

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Competition law issues - Truck manufacturers investigated

It has been reported that the OFT has recently carried out dawn raids as part of an investigation into possible cartel activities involving truck manufacturers. The OFT has extensive powers of investigation and takes particular interest in cartel activity....

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Head of Intellectual Property named among 'World's leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers'

Stevens & Bolton LLP's head of Intellectual Property, David Wilkinson, has been named as a world-class licensing lawyer in the recently published IAM Licensing 250: The World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Practitioners 2010. The...

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Stevens & Bolton LLP issues latest insurance legal bulletin

The insurance team at Stevens & Bolton LLP has produced its most recent e-bulletin containing news and updates on recent and topical developments in insurance law. This edition was produced in association with Insurance Times magazine. Articles include:...

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Competition issues - New vertical agreements block exemption and guidelines

The new European Commission Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation and accompanying guidelines, are now in force (although there will be a transitional period until 31 May 2011 for pre-existing agreements that complied with the old block exemption)....

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Shared Parenting: are we one step closer?

The Shared Parenting Bill has been presented in the House of Lords and is due to be debated in the House of Commons next summer. If it becomes law, courts could make Shared Parenting Orders following separation or divorce. If the Bill becomes law, it is...

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Pre-nups : Worth the paper they are written on

The Supreme Court decision in the Radmacher v Granatino case has raised the profile of pre nup agreements once again. Holding the couple to the agreement they reached before their marriage, the Supreme Court justices' decision heralds a new era when...

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Commercial litigation expert speaks at international conference in Paris

Stevens & Bolton LLP commercial litigation partner, Kate Matthews recently spoke at the American Bar Association International Section Fall Meeting held in Paris. More than 850 attorneys and industry professionals from nearly 60 countries attended the...

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First substantial fines issued under the Data Protection Act

The Information Commissioner's Office has served two organisations with the first monetary penalties for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act. Hertfordshire County Council has been fined £100,000 for two serious data protection breaches...

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Corporate governance - NAPF publishes new guidance

The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has published an updated version of its Corporate Governance Policy and Voting Guidelines to take account of the UK Corporate Governance Code, which replaced the Combined Code for premium listed companies for...

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Commercial - Government ends gold-plating of European Regulations

The Secretary of State for Business and Chair of the Reducing Regulation Committee, Vince Cable, has announced a series of new principles that the Government will use when introducing European measures into UK law, with the intention to end so-called...

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BIS publishes post-implementation evaluation report on the Companies Act 2006

On 22 December 2010, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) published the results of a post-implementation evaluation of the main provisions of the Companies Act 2006. The overarching aim of this study was to assess the impact of the 2006...

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Stevens & Bolton LLP advises shareholders of Compass Consulting

Stevens & Bolton LLP has advised the shareholders of Compass Consulting on the sale of the business to NASDAQ-listed Information Services Group, Inc. Headquartered in the UK, Compass Consulting has 180 employees in 16 countries including the US, Canada,...

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OFT takes action in relation to information exchange

The OFT has today issued a decision that RBS infringed competition law by exchanging commercially sensitive pricing information with Barclays. The information concerned the price of loan products to large professional services firms. RBS has been fined...

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