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Welcome protection for consumers of certain cryptoasset investments

By Gurprit Mattu The Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA”) published its final rules for the banning of derivatives and Exchange Traded Notes (“ETN’s”) that reference unregulated transferable cryptoassets, such as Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, and Ripple. The rules apply to firms who are operating from or in the United Kingdom. The ban comes into effect on 6 […]

Planning conditions and access routes – DB Symmetry v Swindon BC

By Richard Humphreys QC Richard Humphreys QC (instructed by Jones Day) represented DB Symmetry Ltd (the appellant). The dispute was as to whether a planning condition required the developer to dedicate access roads as public highways or whether it merely regulated the physical attributes of the roads. The Court of Appeal held, allowing the appeal from […]

Court of Appeal gives judgment on the long residence rule

By Manjit S Gill QC, Edward Nicholson Do past or present periods of overstaying mean that a person who has otherwise remained continuously in the UK with leave for 10 years cannot qualify for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) under the Long Residence Rule in paragraph 276B of the Immigration Rules? This question is considered […]

Court dismisses challenge to decision granting planning permission for relocation of works at nuclear power station within AONB

By Leanne Buckley-Thomson Introduction Judgment in the case of Girling v East Suffolk Council [2020] 9 WLUK 348 was delivered on 1st October 2020 and it’s certainly one to add to your personal planning case book. The Claimant sought judicial review of the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for replacement facilities in respect of what is […]

Consenting adults – examining the law on capacity to have sexual relations

‘No man is an island’. So Lord Justice Baker reminded us recently in A local authority v JB [2020] EWCA Civ 735, [2020] All ER (D) 62 (Jun) (at [98]). The judgment provides a fascinating and comprehensive review of the law on capacity to have sexual relations, cutting through the confusing mire of (largely obiter) case law to bring a degree of clarity and refinement to the requisite capacity test.

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Annual product liability primer (webinar)

Our presentation covers many topics, including the definition of a product defect vs a safety defect, the parties that may be liable for a product defect, limitation of liability clauses, Québec specification, product recalls and practical tips and considerations, as well as best practices, for you and your team.

Do you need to make a late application for settled status?

The deadline for applying to the European Settlement Scheme to obtain pre-settled or settled status passed on 30 June 2021. However, the Home Office has made it clear that there is flexibility and late applications will be considered. This provision may not last forever and anyone who has missed the deadline should take action immediately to apply.

The role of hydrogen in Canada (webinar)

Curious about the role of hydrogen in Canada’s future? Join us for an informative online session focusing on key opportunities and challenges on the horizon. Gowling WLG’s Myron Dzulynsky will be joined by three industry professionals to discuss a number of issues and answer questions regarding this emerging market. The panel dives into federal and provincial policies, discuss how governments at all levels can help make the hydrogen industry a success, as well as what we can learn from other jurisdictions in terms of leadership in the industry.


Webinar: Step 3 – Taking your tools and tech to the next level

This free to watch webinar was part of the General Counsel Strategy Summit in association with United Lex that took place between 30 September – 2nd October. Complete the form below to access the 35-minute recording of this discussion. Most technologies have a wide range of capabilities, but often the actual uptake of those capabilities in-house is quite low, and tools tend to be used at a very basic level. How can you better leverage the increased capabilities of the different systems you have in place? How do you develop something a bit more challenging, a bit more cutting edge? “Having a legal tech strategy is key” This webinar is the third and final step of the transformation journey we explored during the event, and looks at what comes after you’re done with picking the low-hanging fruit. The panel, made of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner partner Jonathan Morris, VEON associate general counsel, legal chief of staff and chief legal information officer Charlie Clinch and Banco Santander head of legal for technology and legal transformation Gloria Sánchez Soriano, talked all things tech: having the right strategy in place and why that is important, looking at the bigger picture, repurposing tech, legal analytics and and the right time for moving on to something new.

Slaughter and May

Slaughters to reinstate partner distributions

Slaughter and May has reinstated partner distributions, The Lawyer understands, after suspending its usual quarterly pay-outs earlier this year. In response to Covid-19, the firm put quarterly partner distributions on hold in April and deferred annual salary reviews. Distributions are now understood to have been reinstated, though salary reviews continue to be postponed until a later […]

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