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Redress scheme outcome challenges – Have they ended?

By Paul Gair The recent case of R. (on the application of Holmcroft Properties Ltd) v KPMG LLP 2018 WL 04636705 has confirmed that Judicial Review is not the appropriate avenue for a bank customer unhappy with an accountancy firm acting as a ‘skilled person’ in approving an offer of compensation by his bank under a redress […]

English Courts grants freezing order against unidentified individuals

By Nick Curling In CMOC v Persons Unknown [2017] EWHC 3599 (Comm) the claimant, China Molybdenum Company (CMOC), successfully obtained a worldwide freezing order against a class of unknown respondents. This was the first time the English Courts have granted a freezing order against unidentified individuals. Background The claim underlying CMOC’s freezing order application related to losses […]

Pay.UK releases rules and guidance for the confirmation of payee (CoP) service

By Elena Kyriakou On 18 October 2018 Pay.UK announced it had released to the market the standards, rules and guidance for the confirmation of payee (CoP) service. This is the latest in the line of industry initiatives to help protect consumers from falling victim to Authorised Push Payment (APP) fraud. When delivered by payment service providers, […]

Social housing monthly law update – October 2018

By David Isaacson Highlights of this month include: Autumn budget coming up Government announces new generation of council housing Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 receives Royal Assent Government announces new housing measures Download the full update to get fully up-to-speed on the past month.

Austria – Has due diligence obligations for shareholder creditors increased?

The Austrian Insolvency Code provides for the possibility to challenge certain disadvantageous transactions carried out by the debtor after material insolvency has occurred, especially if the creditor knew or should have known of its debtor’s material insolvency. This risk of legal actions being contested is of particularly high relevance for shareholders who are also creditors […]

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LAW in Action presenter Marcel Berlins has survived a revamp of the long-running radio show. The Lawyer reported last month that the BBC was considering axing Berlins as part of the controversial scheduling shake-up at Radio 4. But, after testing out other candidates, the BBC has decided to stick with Berlins, but it does want […]

Human rights debate at Law Soc

South Africa’s deputy president FW de Klerk and Enoch Dumbutshena of the Zimbabwe Supreme Court are to take part in a special video interview to be screened at the Law Society Conference. The video, introduced by journalist Andrew Neil, will be shown before the human rights debate featuring the Hon Sir Stephen Sedley, the Rt […]

Hoddinott takes over helm at IBA

THE International Bar Association has appointed former British naval attachC Paul Hoddinott OBE as its next executive director. Hoddinott emerged from a shortlist of seven candidates who each faced a grilling at the hands of a panel of seven top IBA officials. He takes over from Madeleine May on 1 January, 1995. May has held […]

Law Society slates new immigration rules

The Law Society has joined the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in condemning the Government’s new immigration rules. The groups claim the rules, which came into force on 1 October, are incompatible with human rights and procedural fairness, and make it even more difficult for potential immigrants […]

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