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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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In brief: LCD consults on immunity against costs

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has published a consultation document considering the provisions on awards of costs against magistrates and other officials such as coroners. The move follows a number of recent cases in which costs have been awarded against magistrates, and concern has been expressed that they could, in theory, be asked to pay. The […]

In brief: Polo tax scheme gets the all-clear

East Anglian firm Mills & Reeve’s £5 million corporate sponsorship scheme for polo matches has been backed by a leading firm of tax analysts. The contracted exit EIS Polo Scheme sells licences for polo matches and tournaments at Ascot Park so investors can get a return from sponsorship and media rights as well as substantial […]

Splitting the Law Society. Regulator or union – the choice is yours

Solicitors in England and Wales will shortly be balloted on the possibility of splitting the Law Society’s twin roles of representing and regulating the profession. What would be the likely outcome in parliamentary terms if the majority recommended such a split? It is hard to find anyone who is entirely happy with the current complaints […]

Westminster makes clean sweep of illegal traders

Helen Sage reports A clamp-down on illegal street trading has been the focus of Westminster City Council’s drive to clean up the streets of central London. The council obtained three injunctions against persistent licence evaders and set up an undercover operation to trap the operators of a mock auction racket in Oxford Street. Central London […]

Law Soc goes back to the drawing board on leaflets

ONE HUNDRED thousand Law Society public advice leaflets on how to instruct solicitors, which caused a storm of protest over their constant reference to costs, are to be pulped and rewritten at a cost of thousands of pounds. Controversy surrounding the leaflets, ‘Working with your solicitor’, flared up shortly before the Law Society’s elections when […]

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