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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 […]


Mediating the wrong way

I was recently speaking to one of my matrimonial clients who gave me her own perspective on mediation (having had six or seven mediation sessions with her husband). She said that when she was living with her husband, he used to shout at her every night for two hours. She is no longer living with […]

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 […]

One more leaves 5 Bell Yard

Leading aviation barrister Giles Kavanagh has quit top aviation set 5 Bell Yard to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, bringing the number of departures from the set’s aviation group this year to six. Kavanagh, who has been with 5 Bell Yard for all of his 14 years at the Bar, will retrain as a solicitor […]

Higher PI awards for lower returns

Personal injury lawyers face a significant reassessment of claims following a landmark Lord’s ruling, writes Roger Pearson. The recent trend for Irish theme pubs will be at the centre of an important licensed industry dispute scheduled for the High Court in October. Mr Justice Collins gave Philip Cropley, director of leading West Country theme-pub chain, […]

Better the devil you know

If insurance companies are happy to offer extended coverage, why not for the first £1m in coverage currently offered by SIF? A left-wing wit once observed that the reason Margaret Thatcher won so many elections was because “at least you always knew where you were with her”. The Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s (SIF) survival beyond the […]

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