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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.

Report of the Independent Review of the FOS is published

By Richard Hayllar On the 12 July 2018, the Financial Ombudsman Service (the FOS) published a report on an Independent Review carried out by Richard Lloyd (former Which? executive). The review was undertaken following the broadcast of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme which set out a number of concerns about the handling of FOS complaints.

Efficient arbitration, part 2: Launching an Efficient Arbitration

Kicking off our series on efficiency in arbitration, our first article, Efficient Arbitration – Part 1: Metrics sets out our idea of an efficient arbitration: Achieving the best possible outcome with the least amount of resources. A range of tools are available to focus the spending of resources. Resources should be invested, not wasted. The selection of […]

Efficient arbitration, part 1: Metrics

This is the first in a series of articles by Schoenherr focusing on efficiency in arbitration. In our series, we will explore various tools which serve to improve the efficiency of any given arbitration and so achieve a favourable outcome without wasting resources. But before exploring those tools we need to determine what efficient arbitration […]

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BLA official complaint over Regis debacle taken to OSS

The British Legal Association despatched an official complaint to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors over the alleged mismanagement of the Regis computer project. In what is believed to be a first in the history of the Law Society, the BLA has written to OSS asking it to investigate the handling of Regis by […]

Shoosmiths-Hambros alliance signals new conveyancing era

Shoosmiths & Harrison has forged a conveyancing alliance with Hambro Countrywide estate agents in a move which has dismayed high street practitioners. Under the arrangement between Shoosmiths and Hambros, the estate agents will offer in-house conveyancing to clients selling through its offices and advise buyers to go to Shoosmiths. Shoosmiths partner Roger Wilson is to […]

Litigation Writs 11/03/97

A consultant ophthalmologist from Stevenage, who claims he became the victim of an orchestrated campaign by Welwyn-based East Hertfordshire NHS Trust to discredit him, has launched a £400,000 plus High Court claim against the trust. Bachittar Singh Sandhu claims in his writ that he was suspended from his duties in October 1990, threatened with dismissal, […]

Lords to rule on council duties

Local authority lawyers are anxiously awaiting a House of Lords decision that will decide how far cash-strapped councils need to go in providing social services to the community. Gloucestershire County Council has appealed an earlier decision that it had breached The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 by withdrawing cleaning services to a disabled […]

Suppliers are given thumbs up

Alison Laferla reports Legal customers are not as dissatisfied with their IT suppliers as previous reports have suggested, according to the Legal Software Suppliers Association chairman John Wilde. A customer satisfaction survey conducted recently by the LSSA has revealed that most of the 426 respondents were happy with the overall service they received from their […]

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