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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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High Court upholds block on disclosure rules

A High Court ruling has kept in place a block on new disclosure rules that would have opened up court files to the public for all cases. At a court hearing this morning, Mr Justice Keith maintained an interim declaration until a judicial review on 2 November. As reported on www.thelawyer.com (3 October), Schillings, representing […]

The Solicitors’ Regulation Athority: The governor

The introduction of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority spells a dramatic shift for legal regulation. Steering the change is chief executive Antony Townsend Antony Townsend’s CV Place of birth: London Education: 1979: English Language and Literature, Oxford University Work history: 1980: Home Office – various roles, largely concerned with criminal justice policy 1990: Director of standards […]

Kirkpatrick targets Preston Gates merger

US firms Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and Preston Gates & Ellis are in merger talks that, if successful, would see the creation of a 1,400-lawyer firm. The addition of Preston Gates would also give Kirkpatrick a significant foothold in the Asian legal market, until now a gap in its coverage and a stated ambition […]

Hackney boss in the Dragon’s Den

Hackney Council’s head of legal Meic Sullivan-Gould is to go before a ‘Dragon’s Den-style’ panel in the next stage of his plan to forge a brand-new qualification for lawyers specialising in local government. As reported by The Lawyer (24 July), Sullivan-Gould has placed his ambitious plan for the qualification high on his agenda as current […]

Cleary and Linklaters crowned kings of IPOs

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Linklaters have secured top spots in the Bloomberg Q3 2006 league rankings for global IPO issuer and manager legal advisers respectively. Cleary Gottlieb has advised as issuers’ counsel on seven deals worth a total of $16.6bn, while Linklaters has advised as managers’ counsel on 25 deals worth $20bn, according […]

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