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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 […]

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A&O, Freshfields and Uría act on Qatar Holding’s €2.1bn Iberdrola acquisition

Magic circle pair Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have been joined by Spanish giant Uría Menéndez to guide Qatar Holding’s purchase of a €2.1bn stake in Iberdrola. Freshfields acted for Qatar Holding on its latest Spanish investment, with corporate partners Sarah Murphy and Bruce Embley leading in London alongside tax partner Jonathan […]

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Regulation: WorldSpreads

Dominic Bacon The EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) was introduced in November 2007, replacing its ­fore­runner the Investment Services Directive. The new directive was intended to ­harmonise the regulation of investment services in the 30 member states of the European Economic Area (EEA), while increasing competition and consumer protection. All companies that perform […]

Tulkinghorn: Blackstone’s bee swot

Two years ago Blackstone Chambers won a long-running legal battle with the Government over the use of pesticides near Chichester, a case during which the judge helpfully highlighted some critical bee-related legalities. The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986, maintained Mr Justice Collins, stated that beekeepers must be given 48 hours’ notice if pesticides harmful to […]

Cobbetts swoops for Dawsons corporate partner

Dawsons has lost a partner and two lawyers to the London office of North-West firm Cobbetts, it was announced today. Harender Branch joins Cobbetts after eight years at Dawsons, including five as a partner in the firm’s corporate team. The news follows confirmation that Dawsons is in advanced merger talks with Penningtons (The Lawyer,14 March). […]

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IP rights: Dyson

Gill Smith It was a rare victory for a Western company in China. In January this year Dyson, advised by Wragge & Co ­partner Gordon Harris and China IP head Dr Jian Xu, won a high-profile design rights case against China-based manufacturer Yongkang Yixuan for the latter’s infringement of the design of Dyson’s ’Air Multiplier’ […]

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