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Are you ready for the immigration shake-up?

With COVID-19 continuing to dominate the headlines, it is perhaps easy to forget that the UK’s Brexit transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020. This will bring about the biggest change to UK immigration laws in recent memory and will have a direct impact on how employers recruit overseas staff. EU Settlement […]

Client Advisory: US Government Ramps Up Actions to Combat Forced Labor

The US executive and legislative branches are ratcheting up pressure on companies to address forced labor in their supply chains. The US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has in recent months announced a series of Withhold Release Orders (WROs) and a Finding following investigations into forced labor. Additionally, the US […]

The Cayman Islands administrative fines regime & investment funds

CIMA now has the ability to issue administrative fines for breaches committed by entities or individuals of prescribed provisions of laws, regulations and rules regulated by CIMA. On 26 June 2020, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s (“CIMA”) powers to impose administrative fines were extended by the enactment of the Monetary Authority (Administrative Fines) (Amendment) Regulations, […]

How to Apply for a Judicial Review and how to Appeal a Decision

A Judicial Review is the vehicle by which the decisions of public authorities of all descriptions (including the government) can be challenged to establish their legality and whether the principles of public law have been complied with. The current on-going crisis that has arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a raft of […]


Invasion of the lawyer snatchers is nigh

Mary Heaney finds that the increasing emergence of multidisciplinary partnerships is creating widespread concern among lawyers in the US. The American Bar Association (ABA) may have been slow to get to grips with the threat of the Big Five accountancy firms to the legal profession. But when it did, it was in typical US crusading […]

Russell Jones moves into Wales as next step in national expansion plan

FAST-EXPANDING Russell Jones & Walker has opened a new office in Cardiff – the firm’s third new office in the last 18 months. The Cardiff office will be staffed by five solicitors, all specialising in either medical negligence, personal injury or criminal cases. Michael Imperato, a senior assistant previously based at the firm’s Bristol office, […]

Lord Irvine pleges action on county court security

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine has promised to act on calls by The Lawyer for county court summonses to be made freely available to the public. The move follows a successful bid by four barristers – Paul Ozin, Garrett Byrne, Brendan Finucane and Nicola Langridge – to block an application by The Lawyer for access […]

Environmental law needs clean-up

Vincent Sen says the property industry must take action to counter the legal fudge surrounding contaminated land. Vincent Sen is managing director of ICC Site Search. Since July 1995, when the Environment Act received royal assent, the property industry has been pushing for legislative clarification of contaminated land liability. The Government’s recent proposal to reduce […]

Blake Lapthorn in £1m IT overhaul

HAMPSHIRE firm Blake Lapthorn has invested £1m in a front and back office overhaul of its IT systems which is to be implemented over a 10-week period. The 43-partner Fareham-based firm, which also has offices in London, Southampton and Portsmouth, signed a contract with IT suppliers Videss in July and aims to implement its case […]

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