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India: The age of telephony has arrived

On 19 June 2018, the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India (DoT) finally provided its nod to several key recommendations (Recommendations) made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the Regulatory Framework for Internet Telephony in October 2017. DoT has released a clarification (Clarification) and certain amendments to existing licenses (Amendment), both of […]

Claims management companies: The new regulatory regime

Walker Morris Banking Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain the new regulatory regime and the Financial Conduct Authority’s proposals for changes to the regulation of claims management companies across England, Wales and Scotland…

Adjudication Matters – July 2018

The Courts have re-affirmed that, despite a contract containing an express right of set-off, it is only in exceptional circumstances that a party will be entitled to set-off another claim against an Adjudicator’s award. This case serves as a helpful reminder that a right to set-off is unlikely to apply to an Adjudicator’s decision. The […]

Two EU regulations on UCITS/AIFMD asset segregation requirements for depositaries upon delegation

On 12 July 2018, the European Commission adopted two delegated regulations supplementing the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and the Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities Directive (UCITS) on the safekeeping of assets by depositaries and their delegates. Their main purpose is to eliminate discrepancies among different national regulations. The following aspects will […]

Sleeping time is not working time says Court of Appeal

By Siobhan Fitzgerald The social care sector is breathing a sigh of relief after the Court of Appeal in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake reversed previous cases and decided that only time spent awake and working should be counted as working time for the purposes of calculating the national minimum wage.

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Alsops open to merger partners

THE DOOR is not yet closed on the Alsop Wilkinson-Turner Kenneth Brown merger proposal. But there are no further talks planned between the two firms to discuss the matter. Alsop managing partner Roger Lane-Smith says: “If TKB came back to us with a new proposal, we would look at it.” However, TKB marketing partner Rhidian […]

Eversheds

With an up-front policy against predatory bidding and a commitment to training local authorities in the legalities of CCT, Leeds firm Eversheds Hepworth & Chadwick has secured itself a safe niche in the public sector market. One of the few practices to pledge not to tender, Eversheds has a growing reputation as the private practice […]

Strangled by a necklace of bad debt

Tim Miller explains the background to the demise of Deacon Goldrein Green, which is facing bankruptcy proceedings When Andrew Macfarlane addressed the Law Society’s legal aid conference three years ago he issued a chilling warning: “Bankers don’t have social consciences.” Macfarlane, the then managing partner of Deacon Goldrein Green (DGG), told the Lord Chancellor that […]

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