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May 17, 2016, 8:00 AM
Experience of the New Pilot for Precedent AA Bill of Costs and J Codes By Virginia Rylatt and Bradley Meads. In the first case dealt with under the new pilot scheme – Practice Direction 51L JCodes were retrospectively applied to the new Precedent AA Bill of Costs. Issues within the SCCO were, on behalf of the Paying Party/Defendant, dealt with by Bradley Meads of Kain Knight and Virginia Rylatt of Rylatt Chubb LLP.
Jul 1, 2014, 4:30 PM
By Virginia Rylatt Yukos S.A.R.L. v. OJSC Rosneft Oil Company [2012] EWCA Civ 855 Lord Justices Rix Longmore and Davis gave judgment on 27 June 2012 and used the opportunity to review and reformulate the law concerning the Act of State Doctrine. The review began with Lord Justice Russell in the case of Princess Paley Olga v. Weisz [1929] 1KB 718 who stated that, “ This Court will not inquire into the legality of acts done by a foreign government against its own subjects in respect of property situate in its own territory.”
Jun 1, 2014, 12:00 PM
While the Bribery Act 2010 is some 17 pages in length plus appendices, the Guidance as to procedures which relevant commercial organisations can put in place to prevent persons associated with them from bribing another, available here, amounts to some 43 pages. An essential starting point is to realise that the Guidance itself while setting out “Government Policy, and comments on Section 1, Offences of Bribing another Person and Section 6, Bribery of a Foreign Official” does not constitute the law.
May 1, 2014, 3:00 PM
If you are thinking of making an investment in another country, you will naturally want to know what can be done if something goes wrong. What happens if, for example, your investment is nationalised? Or, what remedies do you have if the tax structure changes in the country in which you are operating, making your investment uncommercial? It is possible in such circumstances that the redress available locally will not be sufficient, or even be able to consider the losses concerned.
Feb 1, 2014, 6:24 PM
In a recent judgment of Mr Justice Foskett on 23 May 2011, the former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott, the former Scotland Yard Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick, the Labour MP Chris Bryant and the journalist Brendan Montague were granted permission to apply for a judicial review into how the Metropolitan Police Service (“MPS”) handled their cases regarding the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
Jan 26, 2011, 6:28 PM
Could any “favour” to a foreign public official anywhere in the world given to encourage the placing of a large order for military equipment escape the clutches of the Bribery Act 2010? Probably not.
Jan 1, 2011, 6:32 PM
Electronic disclosure (“e-disclosure”) now requires lawyers and their clients to consider carefully ‘electronic documents’ and how to disclose them in the course of litigation. There are also a number of other situations (for example, regulatory enquiries, internal investigations and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act/UK Bribery Act investigations) which now require both individuals and businesses to be aware of their potential e-disclosure requirements and have measures in place to meet them.
May 1, 2010, 5:34 PM
It is not the role of the Senior Courts Costs Office to punish solicitors for their failure to provide or update an estimate. Determining costs covered by an estimate relied upon by a client needs to be distinguished from the costs incurred outside of the estimate of which the client is aware.
Jan 1, 2008, 6:36 PM
MasterCigars has ushered in a new costs regime. Virginia Rylatt explains why. In brief Withers LLP was instructed by MasterCigars Direct Ltd (MCD) to act on a trade mark case involving the import of Havana Cigars into the UK. However, following the case, Withers and MCD became involved in a dispute regarding costs.
Mar 1, 2007, 6:37 PM
The English High Court’s ability to issue a freezing order supporting substantive proceedings in other jurisdictions is a useful tool for lawyers across Europe, but subsequent costs disputes may throw up complex cross-jurisdictional legal issues. Virginia Rylatt examines a recent ground breaking case from Italy.