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By Philippa Dolan No one denies that simplifying the divorce process to make it easier, faster, cheaper and more understandable is a laudable aim. Much has been made of the billion pounds that is apparently being invested in an overall reform programme to ‘modernise the courts and tribunal service’, part of which is being spent […]

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In Clin ­v­ Walter Lilly & Co Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 490, the Court of Appeal held an implied term would be implied into a building contract (based on amended JCT terms) to provide for the employer’s obligations relating to planning permission or conservation area consent. On 25 September 2012, Mr Clin (the Employer) engaged […]

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On 12 March 2018, the European Commission issued a proposal for a new regulation (the Regulation) and a new directive (the Directive) concerning the cross-border distribution of collective investment funds amending inter alia UCITS (the UCITS Directive), AIFMD, EuVECA and EuSEF (the Proposals). Please find below a summary of the main changes under the Proposals. What will change under the Proposals?

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By Maria Connolly Since 1 April, it has been unlawful for a landlord to let a property with an EPC rating of below E, unless an exemption has been registered on the PRS Exemptions Register. The government has released guidance on the evidence required to register an exemption on the PRS Exemptions Register…

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Fund Management traces the regulatory and legislative obligations facing fund managers balancing the need to maximise investment returns whilst also ensuring adequate investor protections in an increasingly challenging regulatory environment. Topics are written by leading experts and include: authorities responsible for fund regulation; licensing processes; territorial scope of regulation; required authorisations of fund marketing activities; […]

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The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which Loyens & Loeff’s Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets…

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The latest round of silk appointments has been announced. Of the total 225 applicants who embarked on the process last September, filling in a gruelling 70-page application form and securing the support of 12 judicial referees in the process, 100 will line up to be formally appointed on 14 April. It’s a rise on the […]

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