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Newsflash: Canary Wharf Brexit frustration dispute settled

By Gwendoline Davies, Martin McKeague We reported, in February this year, the High Court’s decision in Canary Wharf v EMA [1] that Brexit will not frustrate (and therefore effectively terminate) the European Medical Agency’s lease at Canary Wharf. The High Court’s decision was generally welcomed because, had the High Court found for the EMA, countless leases and commercial contracts […]

A new energy and carbon reporting framework is in force

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson A new energy and carbon reporting framework applies from 1 April 2019, following abolition of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and the introduction of corresponding increases in rates of climate change levy. The Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations […]

Directors’ remuneration: New regulations are in force

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson The Companies (Directors’ Remuneration Policy and Directors’ Remuneration Report) Regulations 2019 have come into force. The regulations introduce new requirements in relation to a company’s remuneration policy and remuneration report. The Companies (Directors’ Remuneration Policy and Directors’ Remuneration Report) Regulations 2019 (2019 Regulations) came into […]

Consultation launched into corporate transparency and reform of the Companies Register

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson On 5 May 2019 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a consultation on proposals to increase the transparency of UK corporate entities and to enhance the role of Companies House. The potential reforms would amount to the biggest changes to the UK […]

New proposals to make disclosure of distributable reserves mandatory

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson Concerns are mounting that the capital maintenance regime is being undermined and that the time has come for the disclosure of distributable and non-distributable reserves to be mandatory within a company’s audited accounts. Over the last few months there have been numerous reviews and consultations […]

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Elite UK firms receive cold shoulder in New York, but Washington DC is on the rise New York is a difficult beast to break. While US firms can often cherry-pick from the magic circle over in London. Partner moves over the past 12 months have included Clifford Chance structured finance partners Neil Hamilton and Matthew […]

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The moral maze

Leading lawyers outline the challenges faced in managing and controlling risk in the wake of globalisation and ever more intrusive regulation There are two types of approach to risk management. The first involves a complete lockdown, with lawyers and compliance staff barking at business executives: “The answer’s no. Now, what’s the question?” Not surprisingly, a […]

Amended Red Flags Rule now in effect — are you still a creditor?

The FTC’s amended definition of ‘creditor’ within the Red Flags Rule is now in effect. The definition is narrower in scope, but under it a franchisor may still qualify as a ‘creditor’. For instance, if you use a third-party servicer to obtain credit information on your behalf, or if you finance franchisee purchases of required […]

Designers: is your name your own in China?

It was interesting to read in the Financial Times Material World blog about fashion designer Phillip Lim dealing with the problem of someone in China having already registered his name as a trade mark. His solution was to invent a new brand, thus side-stepping the issue. Shoosmiths’ intellectual property specialists have been involved in this […]

Managing your social media accounts

Imagine a situation where you have a small business that is planning a major event at a sports venue and needs to utilise a variety of social media channels to publicise the event and garner support for it. Such a business may engage a third party to assist it in managing its social media presence […]

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