The top FT stories read by the legal world

The top FT stories read by the legal world

Weeks after the conclusion of the Brexit commerce talks, the UK is awaiting one other EU choice on a matter with big consequences for cross-border disputes.

Since January the UK has been in limbo in relation to a European authorized co-operation pact, the Lugano conference, that determines which courts have jurisdiction over cross-border civil and business disputes and would guarantee the popularity of English courtroom rulings.

The UK asked to accede in April final yr and is presently ready for the EU to determine whether or not to grant it entry. Different contracting events, together with Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, have already agreed that it ought to.

What would life be like with out Lugano? Habitable, definitely, however in some instances clunkier and tougher. The UK would fall again on bilateral agreements with particular person international locations in addition to different conventions such because the 2005 Hague Conference on the Selection of Courtroom Agreements.

There’s little doubt nonetheless that the UK could be higher off with entry to the conference — and the clock is ticking on a solution.

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The tales outlined beneath are taken from our Full Disclosure e-mail briefing, despatched to FT subscribers within the business every week, sharing what has been hottest with authorized readers on FT.com.

Sullivan & Cromwell unveils co-vice chairs to succeed Joseph Shenker 

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New York regulation agency Sullivan & Cromwell unveiled a succession plan naming two co-vice chairs to take over from Joseph Shenker in a uncommon management reshuffle on the elite Wall Avenue agency.

Mr Shenker, who grew to become the agency’s youngest ever companion at 29, advised the Monetary Occasions that it had been ‘a yr of 10 plagues . . . If anybody had stated a yr in the past right now we might be navigating a pandemic, and that we’d have survived in addition to we now have, I’d have stated they had been loopy’.”

We’re getting divorced — should we share a lawyer?

After successive lockdowns and a claustrophobic Christmas a few of us could be re-evaluating our relationship standing. However is it ever clever to rent one lawyer for the each of you? The FT’s Lucy Warwick-Ching seeks solutions from household solicitors. 

Historically, it was not felt doable to have one household lawyer engaged to behave for each events and that’s nonetheless the commonest place. It is because there have to be no battle of curiosity between a lawyer and their consumer and this may be virtually inconceivable to keep away from if there are two shoppers with competing or reverse pursuits, as would typically be the case when a pair divorces.

Sub-postmasters set to file UK lawsuits for malicious prosecution

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Dozens of sub-postmasters are making ready to file lawsuits for malicious prosecution towards the Submit Workplace, opening a brand new entrance in a long-running spat towards the state-owned physique over a defective laptop system.

“Vipinchandra Patel, 67, a former sub-postmaster from Oxfordshire was one of many six sub-postmasters whose legal conviction was overturned by Southwark Crown Courtroom final month. He was not a part of the legal courtroom of attraction course of as a result of he had initially been convicted at a magistrates’ courtroom. He was given an 18-week jail sentence after pleading responsible to fraud in June 2011 when he was accused of stealing £75,00zero.”

Lawyer accused of embezzling funds meant for 737 Max crash victims

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A high-profile US lawyer married to a actuality TV star has been accused of funding his glitzy way of life by wrongfully withholding cash from shoppers in instances relationship again greater than a decade, most not too long ago from victims of the Boeing 737 Max crash.

Mr Girardi, whose Los Angeles-based regulation agency’s web site marketed ‘We deal with our shoppers like household’, withheld cash from sickened Lockheed Martin staff, aged most cancers sufferers, earthquake victims and owners who efficiently sued Shell for oil air pollution, based on the doc filed by regulation agency Edelson in federal courtroom in Chicago.” 

UK in limbo over European legal co-operation agreement 

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The EU has simply three months to determine whether or not to offer the UK entry to a authorized co-operation conference that might easy the trail for cross-border litigating with members of the pact. 

The settlement is in some ways extra vital to features of litigation than the EU and UK’s new commerce deal, which incorporates provisions for authorized providers however doesn’t cowl the mutual recognition of English courtroom judgments or broader judicial co-operation.

Closing argument 

Of all the brand new years that Full Disclosure has skilled, 2021 must be probably the most miserable, and naive optimism is at risk of giving option to ennui and inertia. Happily, the FT’s Jo Ellison is available for some a lot wanted steerage on discovering your mojo within the new yr from hell or, failing that, simply dragging your self by it. The primary takeaways? Self compassion, protecting expectations low and, in fact . . . Netflix. 

Searching for motivation to finesse the post-Christmas physique, I flip to a different supply effervescence, health coach Peter Cobby. He too counsels the prevailing knowledge that so as to keep motivated you have to create some kind of schedule. After which stick with it like glue. ‘Plan your day the night time earlier than,’ he tells me. ‘Write down your three ‘must-do’s’, however make it attention-grabbing and difficult. No level setting a process you don’t wish to rise up for. This is step one in having the motivation to rise up and transfer.’”

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