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Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

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 […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

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

By Fraser Allister This briefing note provides an overview of the process and legal considerations for a person who is not domiciled in the British Virgin Islands to write a will dealing with his or her shareholding in a British Virgin Islands company. It is not legal advice and it should not be relied upon as […]

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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German offices suffer in lawyer merry-go-round

Looking at the past few months, you may be forgiven for thinking that the trend in Germany at the moment is for mass walkouts. In Berlin Lovells lost its five-person banking team, when all of the lawyers involved decided to set up camp alone. Over in Frankfurt, meanwhile, Heussen had its office raided for eight […]

A&O firms up Och-Ziff ties on Whitehead Mann bid

Allen & Overy (A&O) has strengthened its relationship with Och-Ziff Capital Management, scooping a role to advise the secretive US hedge fund on a bid for headhunter Whitehead Mann. Och-Ziff has emerged as the financial backer behind Piers Marmion, the recruitment specialist that has made a £24.5m offer for Whitehead Mann. Och-Ziff’s relationship with A&O […]

Tim Ashby: Yum! Brands

Yum! Brands’ regional counsel Tim Ashby has the Far East in his sights. He talks China and chicken with Jon Parker Tim Ashby is a surprisingly athletic-looking chap, given his access to more than 2,000 places to pick up some pizza or fried chicken. And as regional counsel of the international arm of Yum! Brands, […]

Diageo relocates in-house legal chief to boost US IP capability

Diageo is set to expand its in-house IP team in the US after IP chief Bruce Proctor shifted offices from London to the company’s Connecticut base. Proctor said both personal and work factors motivated the move and that he would still spend time in the London office. “I spent four years in London, spending a […]

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