In November 2017, CIFAS, the UK’s fraud prevention service released statistics showing a 75% rise in the number of 18 to 24 year old’s who are letting their bank accounts be used to transfer the proceeds of crime. CIFAS, along with UK Finance ran a ‘Don’t Be Fooled’ campaign which aims to deter young people […]
Andrew Bailey, CEO of the FCA, has this week written to IFPRU and BIPRU investment firms requesting them to review their prudential reporting practices. This was as a result of the FCA discovering that large numbers of firms are submitting inaccurate and incomplete returns. So, if you are the CFO, expect questions from your CEO, […]
Today’s news that the William Hill will face penalties of at least £6.2m following settlement with the Gambling Commission will have sent shock waves across the industry. This is the second largest financial penalty levied by the Commission, and the highest in relation to financial crime concerns. Other gaming firms should take note…
The Gambling Commission has conducted a ‘thematic review’ which has reportedly revealed shortcomings in antimoney laundering controls. Early this year, the Gambling Commission wrote to 195 UK-based remote casino operators with summary findings… …In short, remote casinos are not doing enough to prevent or detect the misuse of their services to launder criminal proceeds or fund terrorism…
The contribution of the prestigious European Intellectual Property Organization (UNION), which integrates some of the leading European experts in this field, was published on the 3d December for the discussion of a patent law issue submitted to the European Boards of Appeal of Patents.
For VdA’s executive group partner, “law firms are under pressure to provide a top quality service, more efficiently”. The article analyses the portuguese market on business advocacy, after consulting some lawyers of the best portuguese law firms. The biggest law firm in Portugal are experiencing substantial growth, but managing partners are well aware that a downturn in […]
By António Andrade, Marta Alves Vieira The Portuguese patent litigation system has some particularities that make it a rather unique system. In Portugal, patent litigation generally takes place before the Intellectual Property Court (the Court). This specialised state court, with jurisdiction at a national level, has been operating in Portugal since 30 March 2012 and is […]
By Michael Callaghan and Melissa Barker The Law Commission has issued a substantial consultation seeking to improve the manner in which the commonhold system operates and to persuade existing leaseholders to move to a commonhold structure. Background Commonhold is an alternative to long leasehold ownership of property. Instead of a landlord and a number of tenants, […]
By Simon Clark, Gawain Moore According to a recent case, Zinc Hotels (Investment) Limited and others v Beveridge and others  EWHC 1936 (Ch), the court does not have power to appoint additional administrators except within the constraints of paragraph 103 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986. Where administrators are appointed out of court by the […]
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Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a graduate scheme focusing on legal operations, as law firms continue to rethink the way its services are delivered. The scheme stems out of the firm’s change and innovation program NRF Transform. It will initially offer two roles available from March 2019, followed by four other positions opening next September that […]
Baker McKenzie is developing an information governance project to help clients redesign the way they handle data in light of a tighter regulatory framework. The ongoing project, which started last April, is currently led by the firm’s London-based global ediscovery and data advisory managing director Bryant Isbell and Toronto IT partner Theo Ling. The duo […]
4 Pump Court silk Alexander Gunning QC has joined magic circle chambers One Essex Court in a key boost to the set’s arbitration group. Gunning was first called to the Bar in 1994, taking silk six years ago with a practice focused heavily on international arbitration, as well as commercial in the energy, insurance, construction […]
Associates at Slaughter and May are in line to pick up Christmas bonuses of up to 14 per cent and will also receive salary raises in the new year. Newly qualified (NQs) will receive an extra 8.25 per cent of their basic salary as a bonus, while 4.5 to 6.5 year PQEs will receive 14 per cent. […]
Riverview Law has made its first significant hire since being brought by EY four months ago, appointing a former Barclays general counsel to a new director role. Rob Dinning will be a director of legal function co-sourcing, a new unit within the business that helps global corporations change their operating model to achieve a combination of […]