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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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SOLICITOR advocates meet the Lord Chancellor this week to put their case for wearing wigs. The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates and the Criminal Lawyers Solicitors Association are calling for court-room equality. But some senior members of the Bar remain opposed to any change which would erode barristers’ distinctive dress. Lord Mackay issued a […]

Allen & Overy develops Japan finance practice

LEADING City firm Allen & Overy is expanding its finance law practice in the Asia-Pacific region with the appointment of capital markets specialist Andrew Ballheimer to its Tokyo office. Alex Pease, the partner in charge of the Tokyo office, which was established in 1988, says: “Andrew has considerable experience in both international and domestic capital […]

OR Court to pick own experts

OFFICIAL Referee (OR) Court lawyers could lose the right to call their own expert witnesses if proposals by OR judges to have their own court-appointed experts are accepted by the Government. The OR judges, who hear high-value technical cases in construction, engineering and environmental law, anticipate disagreement among lawyers over their proposals but argue that […]

Pupillage move fuels race fears

FEARS of indirect racial discrimination at the Bar have surfaced again. Black lawyer groups and the Bar Council’s own race relations committee are concerned that a proposal to delay call to the Bar until after six month’s pupillage will be unfair to ethnic minorities. The committee and others say the proposal could add to problems […]

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