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Cayman trusts: A toolbox for tough times

With trust assets becoming more unusual in nature, beneficiaries establishing careers and family homes across the globe, and the regulatory environment growing increasingly complex, the modern trustee can be faced with a wide range of issues to address and challenges to overcome.

FCA test case ruling – welcome news for businesses

The High Court has handed down the long-awaited judgment in the coronavirus business interruption insurance test case brought by the FCA. Whilst the judgment may be appealed by the insurers, it is a very positive outcome for most businesses.

Can SECR fill the void where ESOS failed?

Whilst Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) could be seen at first glance as a watered down ESOS without the site audits, it has the ability to deliver a wide range of energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures for organisations for years to come in a way that ESOS alone will never achieve.

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New Zealand laws

* New Zealand has liberalised its laws to make it easier for Australian lawyers to practice in New Zealand. The New Zealand government recently announced that Australian legal qualifications will be recognised provided that Australian lawyers have five years’ work experience in Australia following admission as legal practitioners.

Lawyers' fury over Brussels 'tax'

BRITISH law firms are protesting over proposals from the Brussels Bar to charge up to u400 per lawyer per office for registration on a list of foreign lawyers. “We have made it clear that we want it substantially reduced,” says Law Society head of international Hamish Adamson. The list is being drawn up by the […]

Concern over compulsory mediation

FAMILY lawyers fear proposals to offer mediation to couples involved in divorce may become compulsory by the back door. The proposals, which are to be published in a white paper, are part of a package scrapping ‘quickie’ divorces, removing the notion of ‘fault’ and ending lengthy court actions. The Lord Chancellor has not indicated he […]

STEP IN OFFSHORE ISLANDS

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) will be four years old this July. During that period, STEP has experienced phenomenal growth. With a membership fast approaching 2,500, STEP is the fastest-growing professional body known. What is the reason for this extraordinary level of interest? First, STEP crosses a number of professional barriers, covering […]

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