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Commercial Litigation Strategy: Lessons from BoJo vs Bercow and the Scottish Courts

There’s a well-known military saying about battle plans: “no plan survives contact with the enemy”. I prefer Mike Tyson’s glorious re-imagining of it for the boxing ring: “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”. As I tweeted recently, Boris Johnson is discovering that this remains as true as it ever was. And from the outside it seems that he’s getting punched in the face a lot.

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Can the Scottish Housebuilding market continue to weather the Brexit storm?

Just over six months ago I wrote that I was very much of the view the Scottish housing market was bucking negative Brexit predictions, and that the outlook – particularly for new build homes – was extremely positive. 

Now the summer is drawing to a close and the warmer weather has been replaced with the autumnal storm of the Brexit debate, what’s changed since then?

A lot has happened politically.

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Brexit ad for EU nationals deemed misleading

Misleading and Brexit are two words commonly found in the same sentence.  This week was no different, and not just within the world of frontline politics.

On Wednesday, the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) found that the Home Office misled the public in the marketing of a new scheme through which EU Nationals apply in order to continue living and working in the UK lawfully after Brexit.

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Can Houston based Oil & Gas players benefit from ‘Brexit’?

Alasdair Freeman

With the Offshore Technology Conference once again heralding the arrival of so many Scottish and UK businesses to the city, it is an ideal time to reflect on the impact that Great Britain leaving the European Union might have for Houston-based organisations that deal with them.

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Brexit and Renewables: What lies ahead?

Peter Ward

Much has been written about the potential impact of Brexit on the UK’s renewable energy sector. Common themes that have emerged are loss of investor confidence, concerns over energy security and delays in much needed investment into the UK’s energy infrastructure. 

The publication by the UK Government in November 2018 of its ‘no-deal’ Brexit papers sought to provide some clarity to the energy sector on issues such as generating low-carbon electricity and the implications for trading electricity and gas, but despite this the common themes highlighted above continue to pers

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Canary Wharf v European Medicines Agency – not so frustrating after all (for the landlord)

The English High Court has today rejected the argument that Brexit allows a tenant to get out of its lease, in a decision which is good news for landlords and arguably for the property industry generally.

The High Court has made its decision in the case of Canary Wharf v European Medicines Agency.  The EMA had its headquarters at Canary Wharf in London.  As an EU agency, the EMA is required to have its headquarters in an EU member state.  Since the UK will stop being a member state after Brexit, the EMA argued that it would be impossible for its lease to continue (and

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Still the law of choice? Future proofing UK legal services

Hannah Jenkins

50 days to go until B day, and still the cliché that “the only certainty is uncertainty” prevails.

For two and a half years future proofing for Brexit has been on everyone’s agenda and lawyers have been on hand to help our clients face these challenges.

But what about the challenges faced by the legal sector?

Legal framework

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Is the Scottish housing market bucking the Brexit trend?

The announcement at the end of last week of Springfield Properties plc’s acquisition of Walker Group is a great indicator of the strength of the Scottish housing market.

The deal – in which we acted for Springfield – helps strengthen Springfield’s presence in the Central Belt, particularly around Edinburgh.

One of the key things that struck me in the press coverage following the deal was Springfield’s Sandy Adam’s comment that “The most important thing about any company is the people and not the properties”.  I think that’s true of a lot of businesses, but especially so

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Who says New Year resolutions don’t stick? Here’s my 2019 employment law watch list to prove it

As somebody who starts each week with a to do list, I’m sure you can imagine my delight when a good friend’s Christmas present to me was a book about getting the most out of your year by making lists and making plans. Yes, I know, how very “millennial” of me, but with new years’ resolutions and forward planning at the forefront of our minds, what better a time of year to receive a gift like this? (Disclaimer: two of my resolutions were to read more books and make more plans…)

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Immigration: What’s the deal when there’s No Deal?

As the Brexit process grinds on, more attention has turned to thinking about the preparations that might be required for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit scenario – namely, a scenario where for one reason or another, the UK leaves the European Union without having formally agreed the basis of that departure.

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