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Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

Writing a will in British Virgin Islands – An overview

By Fraser Allister This briefing note provides an overview of the process and legal considerations for a person who is not domiciled in the British Virgin Islands to write a will dealing with his or her shareholding in a British Virgin Islands company. It is not legal advice and it should not be relied upon as […]

New regulations for HMO landlords for obtaining licences

New government regulations came into force in England on 1 October requiring all new and existing landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (“HMO’s”) to obtain licences for their properties. Government estimates suggest that the Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018 will extend the existing licensing regime to 170,000 additional HMO’s.

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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 30/9/97

Kanthia Kangesu Pathmanathan, 56, admitted 1987, practising at material time at Nathan (KP) & Co, Southall, Middlesex, fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £7,372 costs. Allegations substantiated he failed to keep properly written accounts, wrongly drew client money and used it for his own purposes, recklessly made a representation which he knew, or should have […]

Conferences on trial

Solicitors are turning to conferences for ongoing training. Leo Schulz finds out how to separate the wheat from the chaff. From November next year compulsory ongoing education will be extended from newly-qualifieds to cover the entire legal profession in England and Wales, creating an enormous wave of new demand for training. The intention is to […]

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Smith Bernal puts transcripts online

Elizabeth Davidson reports ALL Court of Appeal and Crown Office list case transcripts are to be provided on the Internet free of charge from early next year. Court transcript supplier Smith Bernal International, which has a contract with the Lord Chancellor’s Department to supply transcripts of court proceedings, is discussing the project with web designers […]

In brief: Solicitor advocates win commercial case

Solicitor advocates have broken new ground in appearing as the first silk and junior team in a Commercial Court case. Lawrence Collins QC, who heads Herbert Smith’s litigation and arbitration department, and partner Terry Mehigan won the complex insurance jurisdiction case for their Singapore client, the People’s Insurance Company. Mehigan said solicitor advocates had not […]

Cameron McKenna advises on Energis float

Cameron McKenna is acting on what is expected to be the biggest flotation this year – National Grid’s sell-off of a minority stake in its telecoms arm, Energis. Corporate partner Sean Watson is leading the 26-strong team advising Energis, the same team which, when part of McKenna & Co, advised National Grid on its own […]

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