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Plastic ban on 36 major railway stations

On 22 January 2019, the National Green Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi (NGT) in the case of Saloni Singh & Anr v Union of India & Ors (OA No. 141 of 2014) inter alia, directed the Railway Administration, Ministry of Railways, Government of India (Railway Administration) to develop ‘eco-smart stations’ which would serve as model […]

Summary of Guernsey Taxation

This document summarises certain key aspects of Guernsey taxation law for the calendar year 2019. Companies tax resident in Guernsey are subject to income tax on their worldwide income. A company is tax resident in Guernsey if: it is incorporated in Guernsey; it is incorporated outside of Guernsey but is “centrally managed and controlled” in […]

Leasehold market reform on a ground-breaking scale

By Karl Anders, Louise Power, Steve Nixon Walker Morris has monitored and periodically reported on the Government’s review of perceived unfairness within the leasehold market and the potential reinvigoration of commonhold as an alternative to leasehold ownership [1].  On 19 March 2019 the Housing Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLGC) published a report which offers wide-ranging and ground-breaking […]

Legislation in one minute: SIGI

By Pedro Simoes Coelho, Carlos Couto The real estate investment trusts (“SIGI”), approved by Decree-Law no. 19/2019 of January 28 (“DL 19/2019”), implemented in Portugal the Real Estate Investment Trusts . However, the national legislature allowed SIGI, in addition to the purpose of the lease, to pursue other forms of economic exploitation of immovable property. […]

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New hope for officers after Hillsborough

Police officers who lost a damages claim for post traumatic stress syndrome contracted as a result of their involvement in the Hillsborough football disaster are hoping to benefit from last week’s out-of-court damages settlement awarded to other officers who were at the incident. Simon Allen, a partner in Russell Jones & Walker, the firm acting […]

Thumbs up for African court

The International Bar Association has agreed to back the formation of an African Court of Human Rights, to act where African state courts have failed. Nutifafa Kuenyehia, past-president of the Ghanian Bar Association, who proposed the motion at the IBA Council’s Madrid meeting on 1 June, said: “The idea for this court came from law […]

Mears asks Bogan to stand down Richard Wachman

Law Society president Martin Mears has made a dramatic eleventh-hour plea to presidential challenger Tony Bogan to reconsider his decision to stand for election. Mears told Bogan, a former political ally, he risked splitting the reformist vote and “allowing the Old Guard back to power via the back door”. Next month’s presidential election will be […]

A question of scale

Charity administration has undergone massive changes during the past few decades and this has raised questions about the role of the charity trustee. For example, should the trustee be paid for work which is, by definition, of benefit to the community? Whereas trustees would have been heavily involved in the management and implementation of policy […]

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