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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 […]

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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

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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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