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New resource and waste strategy published

By Ben Sheppard The first change to England’s waste strategy since 2010, it represents an ambitious programme of reform which will shape the landscape for sustainability to 2030 and with some proposals looking as far ahead as 2050. Affecting the food, manufacturing and packaging sectors as well as the waste sector, key policies include the […]

Licensing news Scotland: December 2018

By Stephen McGowan This month in summary Top Licensing Tip: Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night – Duty of care! Highlights of the City of Glasgow Licensing Board Licensing Statement Highlights of the Aberdeen City Licensing Board Policy Highlights of the new Edinburgh Licensing Policy Gambling Commission publishes new report on […]

SIPP and SSAS complaints round-up: winter 2018

By Patrick Shee The Briefing highlights some recent complaints which have come before the Ombudsmen. SIPP providers and financial advisors will benefit from reading our insights into how the Ombudsmen approach certain complaints and how best to apply those outcomes to their own businesses.

Hungary remains strict on factoring

By Gergely Szalóki Factoring is an increasingly popular product of banks that appeals to corporate clients of whatever size as it provides liquidity to the clients and stable cash flow.  The factoring is usually structured in a way that the vendors of the client do not receive information on the factoring, the bank stays in the background; […]

The implementing Act PSD II adopted by the Dutch Senate

On 4 December 2018, the implementing Act PSD II (Implementatiewet herziene richtlijn betaaldiensten) was adopted by the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) without further debate. The date of entry into force is not yet available. A Decree to further implement PSD  II (Implementatiebesluit herziene richtlijn betaaldiensten) shall also follow.

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Will Diageo's next legal skipper alter course?

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OSS ignores legal aid asylum scam revelations

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) failed to pass on a report to the Legal Aid Board (LAB) outlining a legal aid scam that cost the taxpayer millions of pounds. Former Law Society immigration law sub-committee secretary Richard Dunstan gave the report to the OSS last October. The report claims firms approached refugees […]

A Guide to Commercial Forum Shopping For In-House Lawyers

INTERNATIONAL commercial lawyers usually conduct their forum shopping in advance of disputes, avoid the US and, as a result of the Woolf reforms, are now more likely to use the UK courts. Since the early 1990s, commercial courts in the European Union have allowed parties to bring actions in the forum of their choosing. The […]

In brief: Hall Clark

Hall Clark, the London firm which dissolved last Friday with the senior partner going to Berrymans Lace Mawer, says it decided to close before being approached by Berrymans. Hall Clark partner Andrew Pieri, who is accompanying senior partner Beryl White to Berrymans, says the firm has six lawyers and not 11 as was reported. “They […]

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