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Capital markets update – December 2019

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman November’s news Investment Association publishes updated Principles of Remuneration On 1 November 2019, the Investment Association (IA) published updated Principles of Remuneration which set out investor expectations and best practice for executive remuneration. BEIS publishes recommendations following collapse of Thomas Cook On 4 November 2019, the […]

Manchikalapati & others v Zurich Insurance PLC

By Martin Scott, Paul Hargreaves On 5 December 2019 the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment following appeals against the decision of HHJ Stephen Davies in Zagora Management Ltd v Zurich Insurance Plc [2019] EWHC 140 (TCC). Save in one important respect, the Court of Appeal’s judgment essentially upheld the decision of HHJ Davies […]

Portugal’s fight against the black market

Despite a recent survey suggesting channelisation in Portugal is moving in the right direction, one regulated operator wants the threat posed by unlicensed sites treated as a cyber crime. EGR Compliance puts the country’s online gambling market under the spotlight to investigate the extent of this scourge. Practically every regulated online gambling market faces unwanted […]

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Bristol law course to be managed by De Montfort

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Nabarros finds new HQ

Nabarro Nathanson, the largest law firm in the West End, is moving out of the area. The firm’s well-publicised search for new headquarters has come to an end with the announcement that it has agreed to take a 15-year lease on the majority of 2 Theobald’s Court on Theobald’s Road WC1. A spokesman for the […]

US regulator sides with Lovells in fraud claims against insurers

In the battle over the controversial liquidation of Emlico, General Electric’s captive insurer, the Massachusetts insurance regulator appears to be swinging to the side of Lovell White Durrant and its reinsurance client Kemper Re. Lovells and Kemper Re have been claiming for the past two years that Emlico moved from Massachusetts to Bermuda so that […]

Lawyers hail tobacco ruling

The landmark Court of Appeal tobacco judgment marks a “watershed” for freedom of speech, as well as paving the way for a multi-party action against two tobacco companies, say lawyers. In Thursday’s judgment, the Master of the Rolls Lord Woolf, Lord Justice Aldous and Lord Justice Chadwick ruled conditional fee agreements could not amount to […]

Lenders must not ignore lawyers' concerns

Kenneth Byass hits back at claims made by Halifax solicitor Chris Jowett that the Law Society is endangering the future of planned Standard Mortgage Instructions. Kenneth Byass is a Law Society property and commercial services chairman and a member of the SMI working party. The deafening four-month silence from the mortgage lenders over the negotiations […]

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