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By Simon de Broise  Payment processors, as the name suggests, facilitate payments by credit and debit cards for both online and point of sale transactions. The payment processor acts as an intermediary between the merchant (e.g. a retailer or airline) and the customer’s bank, facilitating the rapid authorisation (or otherwise) of the payment and initiating (and […]

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By Piers Dereham I want to carry out fitting-out works to my business premises but my landlords say I will have to remove them when my lease expires. They are also saying that they need to check my plans before they agree to anything. Is this correct? Yes. Most commercial leases contain clauses requiring you to […]

Ignoring Turkish law on data breaches could put you in prison

Data processors resident outside Turkey whose activities affect Turkey may also need to register by 30 September 2019. Even failing to delete expired data can be punished by one to two years’ imprisonment. As a candidate state for EU membership, Turkey aligns much of its legal system with EU law, hence its 2016 Law on the […]

Amendments to the legislation of Kazakhstan on corporate matters

By Bolat Miyatov  On 2 July 2018, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 166-VI “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Insurance and Insurance Activities, Securities Market” was adopted. Among other things, this legislative act has amended the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 13 May 2003 No. […]

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By Ben Stansfield, Lee P McBride, Andrew Litchfield One of the great beneficiaries of the European Union has been the environment. Since the very beginnings of the EU, Member States have come together and enacted a great variety of environmental laws, leading to cleaner seas, flourishing habitats and healthier citizens. With Brexit only a few weeks away, this […]

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Mallesons cuts costs with NY and Taiwan office closures

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Plan for poor to pay slated

Tory and Labour MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee have slated the plans of the Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay to make poor litigants pay a minimum contribution to their legal aid costs. “I suspect solicitors will pay the money out of their own pockets,” Sir Ivan Lawrence, chair of the Tory committee, told top […]

Shock to the legal system

War on crime was the message. But the White Paper on crime and punishment of Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth had more than one battle in mind last month. Tucked in between the hard-line penal reforms was the blueprint for a radical overhaul of the criminal legal aid process in Scotland. Proposals for […]

Less power for barristers

John Malpas reports A MARKED shift of power away from barristers into the hands of solicitors will be caused by the proposed legal aid reforms, a leading legal pressure group has predicted. According to Roger Smith, director of the Legal Action Group, the plan to allow law firms to run block legal aid contracts will […]

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