The Land Registry has tightened its rules for solicitors taking statutory declarations on lost or destroyed title deeds. The move follows a case in which a pensioner was conned out of his home when someone impersonated him to obtain a certificate from the registry. The registry has issued guidelines requiring solicitors or licensed conveyancers to provide the applicant's permanent address, date of birth and a passport-sized photograph certified on the back by the solicitor. The lawyer must also verify the applicant's identity by inspecting the original of at least one of the following: passport, full driving licence, armed forces identity card or well-known employers' ID card.
White & Case has head-hunted commercial in-house lawyer Michael Onischenko to manage its Moscow office. Onischenko joined the firm earlier this month from US cosmetics company Maybelline, where he was assistant general counsel. He said he was offered a post with L’Oreal after it took over Maybelline but decided to move to Moscow where he […]