The Court of Appeal has allowed the Claimant’s appeal in Clive Bellman (A Protected Party By His Litigation Friend Nick Bellman) v Northampton Recruitment Limited (2018) EWCA Civ 2214, in a decision that involves a redrawing of the limits of vicarious liability for the violent conduct of an employee. The facts of the case are […]
New government regulations came into force in England on 1 October requiring all new and existing landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (“HMO’s”) to obtain licences for their properties. Government estimates suggest that the Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018 will extend the existing licensing regime to 170,000 additional HMO’s.
By Anthony Korn This briefing sums up the Supreme Court’s much publicised ruling in Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd where a bakery chain based in Northern Ireland did not directly discriminate ‘on grounds of sexual orientation’ when it refused to supply a wedding cake with slogan ‘support gay marriage’ on it. Nor did it […]
By Christopher Young 1. This Review asks how can planning inquiries be improved to “significantly reduce the time taken to conclude planning inquiries, while maintaining the quality of decisions..?” 2. This Review expressly invites evidence from “those who are, or have recently been involved in the inquiry process. We want to draw on people’s first hand […]
By Dr Simon Fox The recent decision by Mrs Justice Yip in Welsh v Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust 2018 EWHC 1917 QB has given some useful further guidance on drafting agendas for experts’ joint meetings. Welsh v Walsall was a bariatric surgery case in which the Claimant claimed negligence in the surgery and post operative […]
Now that you have incorporated in Bermuda or established your Bermuda trust, the next step is to set up an office on the island. There are many factors to take into account, including: Employment considerations (immigration, contracts) Employer responsibilities (payroll tax, social, insurance, pensions, health insurance) Premises and residential accommodation Moving family and household Employment […]
By Richard Sagar, Karl Anders, Graham Whiteford, Josh Kitson Introduction This briefing note, prepared by the Walker Morris Planning Environment Team, explores the opportunities presented in the new National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF2“). Specifically, the opportunities to obtain planning permission for new entry-level exception sites consisting of affordable housing for first-time buyers on previously unallocated […]
By Paul Gair The FCA yesterday released its policy statement (PS18/21) on SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), setting out its near-final rules for amending the compulsory jurisdiction to include new definitions for “small businesses” and “guarantors”. At the same time, it has released a new consultation paper (CP18/31) detailing proposals for increasing […]
The Dutch government published important tax measures in its 2019 budget proposals with a potentially significant impact on the Dutch real estate industry. Some of these measures may result in a higher effective tax burden if appropriate action is not taken…
By Louise Power, Rachel Elgar Banking & Finance Litigation specialists Louise Power and Rachel Elgar report on the Payment Systems Regulator’s (PSR) recent proposals for dealing with push payment fraud. What is push payment fraud? Payments are described as ‘push payments’ when the payer obtains the payee’s account details and instructs their bank to send (or push) […]
Head of transformation for Banco Santander’s legal department Gloria Sánchez Soriano talks to The Lawyer on what the in-house function of the future will look like and the skills lawyers will need to fully take advantage of the legal technology available on the market.
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Merchant bank Close Brothers has kicked off its search for a new general counsel, as it was announced that Elizabeth Lee would be retiring as the company’s legal head later this year. Lee joined Close as general counsel in September 2009 and was further appointed as a director in August 2012. Prior to Close Brothers, […]
Allen & Overy’s (A&O) contract lawyers arm Peerpoint is the largest revenue generator of any law firm-linked flexible working service, with a UK revenue of £25m in 2017/18, it can be revealed. Peerpoint’s rapid growth since launching five years ago is a clear indication of a change in sentiment towards the use of contract lawyers […]
Corporate duo Mark Soundy and Sarah Priestley are leaving Goodwin Procter after a two year stint at the firm, The Lawyer understands, just days after the US firm lost a tax partner to Greenberg Traurig.
The withdrawal of Robert Tchenguiz’s accusations against the accountancy firm Grant Thornton and a number of other businesses will cost the property mogul nearly £24m as a result of a High Court judgment passed down yesterday. Mr Justice Robin Knowles ordered Tchenguiz to pay £11.2m to Travers Smith client Jóhannes Jóhannsson of the collapsed Icelandic bank […]
Weeks after the announcement of Nigel Boardman’s impending retirement next April, it can be revealed that another Slaughter and May stalwart is also due to hang up his boots this year. Corporate M&A partner William Underhill will bow out of the firm this December after 28 years in the firm’s partnership. He joined the firm […]