By Kane Kirkbride On the 20 March 2019 the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (the ‘Act’) comes into effect. This changes the way in which many disrepair claims are dealt with and increases the obligations of both private and social housing landlords. What is changing? One of the key purposes of the Act […]
By Pauline Cowie The bfa Natwest survey recently confirmed that franchising is firmly on the boardroom agenda as a way of achieving faster expansion, whether that’s in the UK or overseas. This is being driven by trends like multi-unit franchising, which enables franchisees to use their existing infrastructure to manage and acquire a number of […]
By Katherine Evans Earlier this month, the Planning Inspectorate rejected a developer’s method of calculating the sum to be paid for the provision of off-site affordable housing. Background Churchill Retirement Living (Churchill) appealed against the refusal of their planning application by East Devon District Council (the Council) for 39 sheltered apartments for the elderly.
By Graham Walters House prices have increased significantly over the last 20 years, resulting in increased barriers to home ownership for young adults and a falling proportion of young adults earning their own home. Our paper takes a look at the barriers to home ownership for young adults and what could be done differently to shape […]
By Emma Erskine-Fox The date is 25 May 2018. Everyone’s talking about the GDPR. Colleagues across the business are engaged, even excited, about data protection. Regular questions about how the GDPR affects their day-to-day jobs are pouring in. Fast forward to today’s date. You may well be finding that ‘GDPR fatigue’ is starting to set […]
On 12 March 2019, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) published the final version of the revised Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing(the Handbook). The revisions to the rules and guidance in the Handbook, together with the revised legislation (the new Schedule 3 to the Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, […]
The Ogier team continues to be at the forefront of industry developments. Our lead story is from Brian Lacy and Grant Carroll who successfully represented the applicants in the first ever “soft touch” provisional liquidation in the BVI.
By Anne-Gaëlle Delabye, Bertrand Géradin, Tara Kapur The Luxembourg National Data Protection Commission (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, CNPD) has published a list of processing operations which require a mandatory data protection impact assessment in accordance with article 35 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What is a data protection impact assessment […]
By Branimir Rajšić As of 1 January 2019, a new Property Transfer Tax Law is applicable for the transfer of property in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, and the entire Sarajevo Canton (published in the Official Gazette of the Sarajevo Canton no. 28/18). The new law regulates tax issues on real estate transfers, as well […]
By Branimir Rajšić Under the new Contributions Act, mandatory insurance now covers management board members, executive directors and liquidators in companies, unless they have mandatory insurance on another basis. When appointed to those functions (even when not employed), they are obliged to pay contributions on a monthly basis. This obligation includes contributions for pension insurance […]
Eversheds Sutherland has made a timely hire one year on from the introduction of the new Telecoms Code, taking on Fladgate’s head of real estate litigation and telecommunications specialist Thekla Fellas. Fellas joins Eversheds on 1 April to build a team around her specialism in “Telecoms Code” disputes. Her appointment follows the controversial Electronic Communications […]
The revenue of Simmons & Simmons’ flexible resourcing unit has grown 230 per cent to £10m in the space of one financial year, The Lawyer has learned. The Adaptive service, which was launched in 2014 following an uptick in work in London and growing demand for secondees and specialist lawyers involved in one-off projects, grossed […]
Litigation funder Therium has secured $1.07bn (£816.6m) in its latest round of investment, making it the largest fund raised by the business in its 11-year history. The sum is five times higher than the amount it raised in February 2018 and includes investment from an unnamed sovereign wealth fund which is thought to make it […]
Axiom Managed Solutions (AMS), one of two new companies spun out of locum lawyer business Axiom prior to its pending IPO, has appointed a financial adviser to help source potential investors and, ultimately, a significant injection of capital. AMS, which is understood to have a turnover of between $50m and $100m, has appointed Livingstone Partners, […]
Senior management at Clifford Chance will have to set out their diversity and inclusion targets to the firm, as it continues its push to reduce its gender pay gap. Members of the firm’s executive leadership group, including managing partner Matthew Layton and new senior partner Jeroen Ouwehand, are among those who have committed to publicly […]