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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 […]


Simmons finance pitch wins over Bear Stearns

Simmons & Simmons has won a competitive pitch to advise Bear Stearns on its European structured capital markets business. The appointment will see Simmons advise on all aspects of Bear Stearns’ capital markets business, including securitised equity and credit and fixed-income derivatives. Jeremy Hoyland, head of Simmons’ financial markets department and the Bear Stearns relationship […]

College of Law wins right to award LLBs

In the biggest shake-up in legal education since the launch of the LPC, the College of Law has become the first non-university-affiliated law school to win degree-awarding powers. From September 2006 students completing the college’s GDL and LPC will graduate with a law degree (LLB) rather than a diploma. It also has the power to […]

Law Soc free to pursue accountants after Lords victory

The Law Society has won a House of Lords victory which allows it to pursue its fight against an accountancy firm accused of negligence. Yesterday morning (10 May) the Lords ruled that the society is able to bring its case against Sephton & Co despite having filed the claim 14 years after the actions under […]

UK put in the shade as US firms reveal record results

More evidence that the US is where the money is: the finalised financial results are out for the top 100 US firms, and they reflect poorly on the UK. Overall the combined gross revenue for the top 100 US firms reached $50.7bn (£28.9bn) in 2005, up 10 per cent on the previous year. This compares […]

Continental shift

CEE countries are no longer prepared to be the Western world’s poor relations. Jason Mogg and Matthew Powell analyse the growing sophistication of the area’s financial markets As the growing securitisation market has shown, the Central and Eastern European (CEE) market is becoming increasingly sophisticated as financial products and techniques commonly used in the UK […]

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