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Article 50: ECJ rules that unilateral revocation is possible

10 Dec 2018
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the UK could unilaterally revoke the notice that it gave in 2017 to withdraw from membership of the EU.However, withdrawal would require an Act of Parliament, both to authorise the UK government to revoke the Article 50 notice and to repeal elements of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and other legislation that has made a "no deal" Brexit the default outcome of the current Parliamentary process.
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Illegal dividends are illegal

06 Dec 2018
Dividends that constitute unlawful distributions are illegal at the point they are made and cannot be cured by subsequently treating them as remuneration.
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The future of alternative dispute resolution?

06 Dec 2018
Alternative dispute resolution, also known as ADR, is often used in construction and professional negligence disputes.

In early December a working group of the Civil Justice Council published its ADR and Civil Justice Final Report, November 2018 which makes recommendations about ADR following the working group's review of the ways in which ADR is currently positioned within the civil justice system in England and Wales. In this article, we take a brief look at what ADR is, why it is used and the report's recommendations for the way forward.
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Brexit: is the no deal still the default?

06 Dec 2018
Inevitably, current media focus is on the 5 day debate and 11 December vote in the House of Commons (HofC). However, The legislative framework within which that debate is taking place is explored below, with a particular emphasis on 21 January 2019 as the next crucial milestone date in the process.

WBD hosts first Informed Counsel Conference in London and Newcastle

06 Dec 2018
With two days packed full of actionable insights, together with topical legal and regulatory updates on the latest developments in commercial law, our inaugural Informed Counsel Conference gave GCs, Deputy GCs, Heads of Legal and their teams the opportunity to bounce questions off our experts and to network with their peers.