Client highlights

Hidden assets: protecting the Church Commissioners’ valuable minerals

Author: Simon Pring

Manorial minerals are mineral interests attached to the lordship of a manor. Since 1925, these rights have not needed to be registered at the Land Registry in order to bind the owner of the surface title (they have been ‘overriding interests’). However, from 12 October 2013, these rights will cease to override and must therefore be registered in order to be secure. If they are not registered, they risk being lost when title to the surface changes.

Positive resolution from complex disputes: the world’s highest-value divorce

Author: Jeremy Posnansky

Farrers has been advising offshore trustees in what has been described recently as “the world’s most expensive divorce”. One spouse is challenging the validity of transfers into a trust and also questioning whether they should be valued at the date of transfer, or based on the current value.

London Business School chooses Farrers for overseas programmes

Author: Peter Wienand

Farrers has been assisting London Business School by providing legal advice on a number of programme projects relating, for instance, to the licensing and launch of the Dubai-London EMBA and the EMBA-Global Asia programmes.

UBS/Vestra: the employment case of the year

Author: William Dawson

This year saw the high profile and widely reported UBS/Vestra employment case, involving a dispute over a team move of some 75 staff from UBS to Vestra Wealth LLP, a new start-up operation in the traditional wealth management arena.

Discrimination in the City: advising law firms on multi-million pound claims

Author: William Dawson

Over the last year, Farrers have advised several major law firms defending discrimination and whistleblowing claims, including one which was listed for a multi-week Employment Tribunal hearing where the claimant solicitor sought compensation of several million pounds.

The British Library goes digital

Author: Peter Wienand

Farrers advised the British Library on its partnership with brightsolid online technology, owned by DC Thomson, for the digitisation of up to 40 million pages of the Library’s newspaper archive. The contract was procured using the new Competitive Dialogue procedure. 

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The Duke of Sutherland’s disposal of Titian’s Diana and Actaeon

Author: Mike Chantler

Farrer & Co acted for the Duke of Sutherland on the UK’s biggest ever sale of art in private hands to the nation. This case, which received extensive national press and TV coverage, involved the disposal of the Duke of Sutherland’s painting Diana and Actaeon by Titian, completed in January 2009.

UK/US strategic partnerships

Author: Sam Macdonald

Advising the Rhodes Trust on their launch of the Schmidt Science Fellows Program.

Eton’s Egyptian treasures: international audience benefits from deal to share antiquities

Author: Paul Jones

Farrer & Co advised Eton College on a three-way collaboration, involving the University of Birmingham in the UK and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, to enable the sharing and exhibition of a huge number of Egyptian and other antiquities owned by the College.

Property partnership: driving the deals behind a new market town

Author: Jeremy Gordon

Farrers has been advising one of our entrepreneurial clients, Red Tree LLP, on a major property development partnership, creating an urban extension – the town of Sherford near Plymouth.