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By royal appointment: the monarchy’s go-to lawyers

With Harry and Meghan announcing they will step back as senior royals and work to become financially independent, The Lawyer looks back at the royal family’s legal representation. Farrer & Co Farrer & Co has been the royal’s established advisers since the 1930s – Sir Leslie Farrer was the personal adviser to George VI and […]

Global Corporate 50: Here’s what the M&A teams are expecting for 2020

Considering the volatile year that the corporate world went through in 2019, and the number of companies, mostly retailers, that have been placed into administration or filed for insolvency in the UK alone, it was refreshing to see that a number of firms contacted for The Lawyer’s Global Corporate 50 report had a positive outlook […]

Newsflash: Law Commission proposals for calculating leasehold enfranchisement premiums

By Karl Anders, Zoe McLean-Wells Leasehold enfranchisement is the process by which qualifying long leaseholders may extend their lease or buy the freehold of their property. In order to exercise enfranchisement rights, leaseholders must pay a premium to their landlord. Following its recent wide-ranging consultation on leasehold enfranchisement reform (explained in our earlier briefing), the […]

Managing your data risk with data minimisation: When less is more

By Rachel Whalebone Every day a million people join the internet for the first time. This means more data. More data means more risk in storing it. Minimise your risk by only using what you need and be a bit greener at the same time. Data is now big and getting bigger. It’s not as […]

What’s that got to do with the price of fish?

By Claire Morrissey, Stephen Johnstone Well, the answer is quite a bit if you are Azzuri Restaurants Limited (the company which trades as ASK Italian) which pleaded guilty to one breach of section 15 of the Food Safety Act 1990 (the “Act”) and has, this week, been sentenced to a fine of £40,000. Section 15 […]

Mitigating risks in international franchising

By Pauline Cowie Whichever route to international franchising is chosen, be it a direct, master or area development franchise, having made a decision to franchise internationally, it is important to ensure that steps are taken to maximise success. Whether in a particular jurisdiction or more generally, undertaking adequate due diligence as well as considering structure […]

A new framework for Cayman’s regulatory regime for investment funds

By Joanne Huckle As the drive to act on EU and international recommendations continues to gather pace, the Cayman Islands Government began the New Year with their much-anticipated move to introduce new requirements for the registration of unregulated investment funds. The publication of the draft Private Funds Bill, 2020 (the Bill) and a draft amendment […]

BVI funds regulatory update

By Simon Schilder, Tim Clipstone The BVI has recently released several important regulatory amendments to its financial services legislation which are applicable to BVI funds and their advisors. This update summarises the key changes. Valuation of fund property Each of the Mutual Funds Regulations, 2010 (the Mutual Funds Regulations) and Securities and Investment Business (Incubator […]

Weekly10 Top 10: How to boost employee engagement in 2020 (and beyond)

By Chris Shenton ‘How to improve employee engagement’ is arguably the HR conundrum of the 2010’s, or certainly the latter half. It has been the focus of many a research report, seminar, Op-ed or blog (such as this one I prepared earlier!). And no wonder with its strong correlation to a host of business metrics […]

Ireland update – Investment Limited Partnerships Reform

Following on from our July 2019 article and our 20 September 2019 update on the Investment Limited Partnerships (Amendment) Bill 2019 (the “Bill”), consideration of the Bill at Committee Stage in Dáil Éireann (the “Dáil” (lower house of the Irish Parliament)) is complete with no amendments being made. It is intended that the Bill will […]

New regulations focus on sustainability in the financial services sector (Part 1 – Disclosures regulation)

Work has been continuing at a steady pace in Europe to implement the package of measures set out in the European Commission’s action plan on sustainable finance. Sustainable finance involves taking sustainability considerations into account as part of the financial decision making process. Two of the proposals set out in the action plan on sustainable […]

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