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Plastic ban on 36 major railway stations

On 22 January 2019, the National Green Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi (NGT) in the case of Saloni Singh & Anr v Union of India & Ors (OA No. 141 of 2014) inter alia, directed the Railway Administration, Ministry of Railways, Government of India (Railway Administration) to develop ‘eco-smart stations’ which would serve as model […]

Summary of Guernsey Taxation

This document summarises certain key aspects of Guernsey taxation law for the calendar year 2019. Companies tax resident in Guernsey are subject to income tax on their worldwide income. A company is tax resident in Guernsey if: it is incorporated in Guernsey; it is incorporated outside of Guernsey but is “centrally managed and controlled” in […]

Leasehold market reform on a ground-breaking scale

By Karl Anders, Louise Power, Steve Nixon Walker Morris has monitored and periodically reported on the Government’s review of perceived unfairness within the leasehold market and the potential reinvigoration of commonhold as an alternative to leasehold ownership [1].  On 19 March 2019 the Housing Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLGC) published a report which offers wide-ranging and ground-breaking […]

Legislation in one minute: SIGI

By Pedro Simoes Coelho, Carlos Couto The real estate investment trusts (“SIGI”), approved by Decree-Law no. 19/2019 of January 28 (“DL 19/2019”), implemented in Portugal the Real Estate Investment Trusts . However, the national legislature allowed SIGI, in addition to the purpose of the lease, to pursue other forms of economic exploitation of immovable property. […]

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MPs call for rethink on capping asylum advice at five hours

There was a collective sigh of relief from immigration law practitioners last week when MPs rapped ministers’ knuckles over plans to reduce costs by capping legal aid asylum advice at five hours. It comes as little surprise. So unfair and counterproductive were the proposed time limits that they prompted protest from a wide coalition of […]

Human rights campaigners: terrorist ruling amounts to a ‘perversion of justice’

The ruling in which 10 terrorist suspects interned under the Government’s emergency powers lost their appeals last week amounted to “a perversion of justice”, according to human rights campaigners. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) dismissed the appeal of the men, who for the most part had been held in high-security prisons or mental hospitals […]

4-ward thinking

As controller of legal and compliance for Channel 4, arguably the UK’s most innovative television channel, Jan Tomalin is used to living life on the edge. Alex Wade reports Do it first, make trouble and inspire change” is not the kind of maxim adopted by many lawyers. Not in their professional lives, at least, where conservatism often […]

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