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SEBI introduces exemptions for companies undergoing insolvency

By Ashwin Bishnoi, Rohit Ambast Between 31 May to 1 June, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) amended a number of securities regulations to provide certain dispensations for listed companies undergoing the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). These amendments follow SEBI’s discussion paper of March […]

Case Study: Appleby Hope & Matthews improve productivity with ALB

By Norman Turvey Appleby Hope & Matthews had been AlphaLaw users for many years, and had reached the limits of being able to take the software any further. In order to maximise efficiencies and ensure their software would be able to meet their needs in the future, the decision was taken to review their current system […]

GDPR risks for retailers

By Jeanette Burgess, Gwendoline Davies Much of the focus in the retail and legal press in recent months has been on the eye-watering level of fines which data protection regulators can impose for infringements of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. However in this mini-series Walker Morris’ Heads of Regulatory & Compliance and […]

Swiss Lower House approves corporate tax reform

By Maurus Winzap, Robert Desax On 12 September 2018, the Swiss National Council (Lower House– Nationalrat – Conseil national) approved the revised version for a corporate tax reform (“Tax Proposal 17”). It is based on the Government’s proposal issued in March 2017 and on the version negotiated in the Upper House (Ständerat – Conseil des États) in […]

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Firm falls at property venture hurdle

A disciplinary tribunal has heard how a property centre and financial services venture by Tamworth firm Rutherfords failed with substantial losses. Five partners in the firm were fined a total of £9,000 for failing to provide clients with adequate financial protection. The London tribunal heard how Rutherfords had opened the property shop under the management […]

Sayer calls for council meetings over the Internet

Members of the Law Society’s ruling council could soon be conducting their meetings at home using the Internet, under a scheme being mooted by deputy treasurer Robert Sayer. Sayer wants council members to be linked through a centralised bulletin board and, eventually, to conduct smaller meetings via the information superhighway instead of travelling into London. […]

In brief: Randall quits Law Society after 10 years

John Randall, director of professional standards at the Law Society, has announced he is leaving the society where he worked for 10 years, to take up an appointment as chief executive of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Tony Girling, Law Society president, paid tribute to the way Randall “raised standards” within the profession. […]

Japanese review

The Japanese Ministry of Justice is conducting a review of its policy with respect to foreign law firms. According to Jonathan Goldsmith, the director of the Law Society’s international directorate, the exercise is being taken as part of a move towards liberalisation. He said that Japan was facing a big bang similar to that in […]

Issues:Election 97

The Tories have pledged to push through the sections of the Crime Sentences Bill that fell victim to the tight parliamentary schedule before the election. These include automatic minimum sentences for third-time convicted burglars. Having opened boot-camps to curb juvenile crime, they will also introduce Parental Control Orders. The manifesto states these “might include a […]

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