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Green light for mortgage repossessions

By Gurprit Mattu On 31 October 2020, the government ban on repossession hearings comes to an end. Lenders may commence or continue with repossession proceedings if appropriate. When is it appropriate? The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published further guidance on Mortgages and Coronavirus [1] which applies from 16 September 2020. It sets out that firms must continue to […]

Court dismisses challenge to decision granting planning permission for relocation of works at nuclear power station within AONB

By Leanne Buckley-Thomson Introduction Judgment in the case of Girling v East Suffolk Council [2020] 9 WLUK 348 was delivered on 1st October 2020 and it’s certainly one to add to your personal planning case book. The Claimant sought judicial review of the Council’s decision to grant planning permission for replacement facilities in respect of what is […]

Consenting adults – examining the law on capacity to have sexual relations

‘No man is an island’. So Lord Justice Baker reminded us recently in A local authority v JB [2020] EWCA Civ 735, [2020] All ER (D) 62 (Jun) (at [98]). The judgment provides a fascinating and comprehensive review of the law on capacity to have sexual relations, cutting through the confusing mire of (largely obiter) case law to bring a degree of clarity and refinement to the requisite capacity test.

ECtHR communicates Philip Rule’s Bowen and Stanton v UK case

European Court of Human Rights communicates Philip Rule’s case of Bowen and Stanton to the UK. The Strasbourg Court has now made public, on 28 September 2020, that earlier in the month the First Section has now referred to the government for its response application no. 49096/19 lodged by two former prisoners, against the United Kingdom. That application was lodged on 16 September 2019 after the Court of Appeal dismissed the case ([2018] 1 W.L.R. 2170), and the Supreme Court declined to accept the case for appeal.

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Combating both a No-deal Brexit and coronavirus restrictions – How to keep ahead

By Nick McEwen UK Businesses are well aware that they are facing the double challenge of Brexit and coronavirus whilst standing on the shifting sands of the ever-changing government stances relating to the twin perils with the consequential effect on their ability to do business. Agility is the key to survival when even sound contingency […]

Impact on the management of tax and social security obligations

By Tiago Marreiros Moreira, João Riscado Rapoula Are there any transitional social security measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19? Regarding social security contributions to maintain jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19, the following measures were announced: Reduction of 1/3 of social security contributions due in March, April and May 2020; Payment of […]

New immigration rules for sportspeople

By Rachel Harvey, Ella Davis From 1 January 2021, free movement of European nationals will end, and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. Under the new system, all EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally which will completely transform the way in which EU migrants come to the UK to work. Under […]

Will COVID-19 change how we use our cities for the better?

By Jo McGuinness COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the occupation and use of our cities resetting the model of how we live and work. However, the key question is whether these changes will ultimately improve our quality of life and protect the environment in which we live? The end of the traditional commute […]

What are the chances of enforcing a foreign arbitral award or court judgment in Moldova? Recent developments & practical tips

By Vladimir Iurkovski Moldova is a member state to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. It is also a UNCITRAL Model Law country when it comes to international and domestic arbitration. In addition, Moldova has several treaties on recognition and enforcement of foreign civil (commercial) judgments. Still, as […]

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Coronavirus: Simmons City office to close for one day next week

Simmons & Simmons is set to close its London office on Monday as the firm takes precautionary steps in light of coronavirus. The firm’s City staff have been told to work from home on Monday, just days after the virus – which started in Wuhan, China – was declared a global pandemic by the World […]

QC appointments on the rise as 114 take silk

The number of new QCs has increased by five per cent this year, with Fountain Court and Blackstone adding to their roster of silks, as well as two magic circle firms. A total of 114 new QCs were announced today, from 258 applicants, with the percentage of women falling by two following last year’s 28 […]

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