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Competition law – welcome guidance in a time of crisis

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published helpful guidance on how it will apply competition law in light of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the government has taken the unprecedented step of relaxing competition law in certain sectors. In the round, these developments offer welcome guidance and comfort – but they also serve as a timely reminder […]

Leading and adapting in challenging times: managing a newly remote team

The dynamics of a previously high performing team will shift in response to the recent working from home directive. As leaders we need to understand the factors that will impact even the most resilient and high performing colleagues. It’s likely that high-performing employees may experience varying levels of performance and engagement when they begin working […]

Cryptocurrencies: 2020 and beyond

As the global leader in alternative investment funds and one of the most innovative financial centres in the world, it is unsurprising that the Cayman Islands has quickly become a popular destination for cryptocurrency vehicles and initial coin offerings (ICOs).

UK Government to enhance FCA powers to facilitate LIBOR transition

The UK Government announced on 23 June 2020 that it intends to introduce new legislation to give the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enhanced powers in circumstances where (i) LIBOR ceases to be representative of the market and (ii) its representativeness cannot and will not be restored. This is intended to solve the problem of “tough legacy” contracts by giving the FCA the power to protect consumers and market integrity in relation to those contracts (which the FCA envisage will be a “narrow band”).

Exiting the Covid-19 haze: assessing business operations in a crisis

In this article, we discuss some of the key areas of focus that business owners and managers should prioritise when undertaking an early assessment of business operations to ensure that productive functions are reflective of a new operating environment. This is especially important where Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a significant change in the business model.


In brief: Second lease of life for college building

Former College of Law students have bought their old educational headquarters as apartments following the refurbishment of the college’s period-listed building in London’s Lancaster Gate. More than 70 per cent of the property, being converted into 21 luxury apartments, has already been sold in the Far East – much of it to solicitors. The apartments […]

Property body in quality row

PROPERTY solicitors have complained to the Law Society over its plans for a quality standard for conveyancing firms following a tense annual meeting. The Solicitors’ Property Group (SPG) has written to the society condemning the idea and the rapid timetable for its introduction. The complaint follows a row over how the society sought consultation. Two […]

In brief: Brussels conference for solicitors group

The Solicitors’ European Group is holding its annual conference in Brussels this week. The conference, being held at the Palais des Congres on Friday and Saturday, will include seminars on environmental law, developments in Central and Eastern Europe, the application of EC law in national courts, and mergers, joint ventures and collaboration. Further information on […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: David Knight

David Knight is a barrister in Lovell White Durrant’s property research department. He was born in County Down in 1960 and now lives in London. What was your first job? Organising a snooker competition which featured a very youthful Alex Higgins. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £0.00 as a pupil barrister. […]

Solicitor advocates shy from Bar

SOLICITOR advocates say that Bar Council proposals to make it easier for solicitors to join the Bar are overdue but are unlikely to entice them to make the transition. While the Bar may enjoy the benefit of lower overheads, solicitor advocates reject Bar Council claims that they would gain any more “guaranteed independence”. They blame […]

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