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Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

Writing a will in British Virgin Islands – An overview

By Fraser Allister This briefing note provides an overview of the process and legal considerations for a person who is not domiciled in the British Virgin Islands to write a will dealing with his or her shareholding in a British Virgin Islands company. It is not legal advice and it should not be relied upon as […]

New regulations for HMO landlords for obtaining licences

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.

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The Bar Council successfully hit back at the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s attacks on “fat cat” barristers last week, putting the government on the defensive. Figures released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), showing 39 barristers earning between £190,000 and £320,000 from legal aid in 1997, plus the top 20 highest earning firms for civil […]

Divided opinions

Chris Fogarty focuses on the top 100 firms’ views on issues ranging from the single currency to a fused profession For a profession that is often accused of being pinstriped and conservative, there is a surprising diversity of opinions about the issues that directly affect firms. More than two thirds of the 125 firms contacted […]

Dublin firm assists cross-border AGM

Dublin firm William Fry helped bring about the first cross-border television link of a company’s annual general meeting last week. The AGM of Waterford Wedgwood, held in London on 30 April, is believed to be the first to be electronically linked to shareholders overseas. The company has been a client of William Fry for many […]

In brief: Partnership promotions

Gouldens has expanded its company and commercial, property and litigation departments with the appointment of four new partners with effect from 1 May. Richards Butler has made up three new partners, one in the firm’s London office and two in Hong Kong. Penningtons has expanded its litigation department with the appointment of two partners. Freeth […]

In brief: Head to head at Foot

Plymouth firm Foot & Bowden has recruited barrister Sebastian Head (pictured right) to front a new three-man land use and planning team for Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. Head practised at 2 Mitre Court and King’s Bench Chambers in Plymouth.

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