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Law Commission consultation on leasehold enfranchisement reform

By Karl Anders, Zoe McLean-Wells The Law Commission has undertaken a “root and branch review” of all aspects of enfranchisement law and is consulting on detailed and wide-ranging proposals for reform. Housing Management & Litigation experts Karl Anders and Zoe McLean-Wells summarise some of the headline proposals and urge stakeholders to have their say before the extended […]

Busy lenders’ round-up: December 2018

By Deborah Sheldon Welcome to TLT’s busy lenders’ monthly round-up. Each month we summarise the latest news and developments in retail mortgage lending and regulation.

Financial Reporting Council has launched new code for the corporate governance

By Alice Gardner A new code for the corporate governance of large private companies has now been launched by the Financial Reporting Council. Known as the Wates Principles, the new code is made up of the following six principles: Purpose and leadership Board composition Director responsibilities Opportunity and risk Remuneration Stakeholder relationships and engagement

Slovenia: Right to be heard in dawn raid

By Urša Kranjc In October 2018 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) granted Produkcija Plus doo (Pro Plus) €52,500 in compensation after its right to be heard was violated in the proceedings relating to the fine imposed for obstructing the dawn raid. Facts Suspecting that Pro Plus was abusing its dominant position, the Competition Protection […]

Deadline for notification of AML officer appointments is 31 December

By Maree Martin The deadline for regulated funds to notify the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (“CIMA”) of their appointment of an Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer, Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer (together “AML Officers”) is 31 December 2018. The appointments were required to have been made by 30 September 2018. Unregulated funds are […]

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US firms differ on merger talks

THE TWO major US firms believed to be involved in merger talks have issued conflicting statements about the future of the deal. Coudert Brothers and New York’s Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon have for some time been rumoured to be discussing the possibility of linking up. However, while Coudert partners have received a memorandum […]

Ackner in last-ditch fees fight

LORD ACKNER has tabled two amendments to the Lord Chancellor’s conditional fee proposals in an eleventh hour attempt to alter regulations which he claims will lay clients open to exploitation. His amendments come as the Bar Council is also voicing “profound doubts” about the scheme. Lord Mackay’s Conditional Fee Agreements Order, laid before Parliament shortly […]

New editor at the helm

The Lawyer has appointed a new editor. Mary Heaney takes over from Fennell Betson. Heaney rejoins The Lawyer after a period editing Lawyer International. Prior to this, she was deputy editor at The Lawyer having worked on the publication for six years. “I am extremely excited at the opportunity to be editor of a magazine […]

Fees talk tackles conflict of interest

John Malpas A CONDITIONAL fees seminar has been organised for barristers and clerks by an enterprising solicitor who claims the Manchester Bar is “way behind” in its understanding of the issue. The controversial new “no win no fee” agreement laid before Parliament by the Lord Chancellor shortly after Easter will have a major impact on […]

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