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Welcome protection for consumers of certain cryptoasset investments

By Gurprit Mattu The Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA”) published its final rules for the banning of derivatives and Exchange Traded Notes (“ETN’s”) that reference unregulated transferable cryptoassets, such as Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, and Ripple. The rules apply to firms who are operating from or in the United Kingdom. The ban comes into effect on 6 […]

Planning conditions and access routes – DB Symmetry v Swindon BC

By Richard Humphreys QC Richard Humphreys QC (instructed by Jones Day) represented DB Symmetry Ltd (the appellant). The dispute was as to whether a planning condition required the developer to dedicate access roads as public highways or whether it merely regulated the physical attributes of the roads. The Court of Appeal held, allowing the appeal from […]

Court of Appeal gives judgment on the long residence rule

By Manjit S Gill QC, Edward Nicholson Do past or present periods of overstaying mean that a person who has otherwise remained continuously in the UK with leave for 10 years cannot qualify for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) under the Long Residence Rule in paragraph 276B of the Immigration Rules? This question is considered […]

Green light for mortgage repossessions

By Gurprit Mattu On 31 October 2020, the government ban on repossession hearings comes to an end. Lenders may commence or continue with repossession proceedings if appropriate. When is it appropriate? The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published further guidance on Mortgages and Coronavirus [1] which applies from 16 September 2020. It sets out that firms must continue to […]

Court dismisses challenge to decision granting planning permission for relocation of works at nuclear power station within AONB

By Leanne Buckley-Thomson Introduction Judgment in the case of Girling v East Suffolk Council [2020] 9 WLUK 348 was delivered on 1st October 2020 and it’s certainly one to add to your personal planning case book. The Claimant sought judicial review of the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for replacement facilities in respect of what is […]

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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.



Essex and Southend authorities begin roll-out of shared legal managers

Essex County Council’s (ECC) and Southend Council have hired their first-ever joint manager as part of a scheme that will see four authorities work as one practice. Childcare lawyer Dorothy Simon, currently head of legal for Haringey Council’s social care team, will head the childcare teams at ECC and Southend from 8 May. The role […]

Paul Roberts

Forsters sees turnover rise despite ‘uncertain market’

Mayfair firm Forsters has posted a 13 per cent rise in turnover for the 2011-12 financial year. Revenue at the firm, which focuses on property and private client work, was £28m for the year ending 31 March 2012, up from £25m in 2010-11 (or £24.72m, according to its LLP accounts). Profit per equity partner (PEP) […]


Former Halliwells fixed-share partners query BDO’s impartiality

A group of former Halliwells fixed-share partners have questioned the impartiality of the failed firm’s administrators, claiming they previously benefited “from the most lucrative referral opportunities which Halliwells had”. The news comes as the group of former fixed-share partners continue to mull action against the former equity partners (17 October 2011). According to documents filed […]

Case of the week: Legal profession

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) v Rahman. Unreported. Queen’s Bench Division (Administrative Court). Holman J. 4 April 2012   The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) had been excessively lenient in imposing a 12-month suspension on a solicitor who had forged letters from his former law firm in support of a fraudulent insurance claim. The only appropriate sanction […]

Mort Pierce

Exclusive: Dewey rainmaker Mort Pierce set to quit for White & Case

Dewey & LeBoeuf corporate star Mort Pierce is leaving the firm to join White & Case with a team of up to 10 partners. The defection will be one of the most damaging departures yet to hit the struggling US firm. Pierce, arguably the firm’s top M&A rainmaker, told The Lawyer that he could not […]

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