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India: The age of telephony has arrived

On 19 June 2018, the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India (DoT) finally provided its nod to several key recommendations (Recommendations) made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the Regulatory Framework for Internet Telephony in October 2017. DoT has released a clarification (Clarification) and certain amendments to existing licenses (Amendment), both of […]

Claims management companies: The new regulatory regime

Walker Morris Banking Litigation partners Louise Power and Rob Aberdein explain the new regulatory regime and the Financial Conduct Authority’s proposals for changes to the regulation of claims management companies across England, Wales and Scotland…

Adjudication Matters – July 2018

The Courts have re-affirmed that, despite a contract containing an express right of set-off, it is only in exceptional circumstances that a party will be entitled to set-off another claim against an Adjudicator’s award. This case serves as a helpful reminder that a right to set-off is unlikely to apply to an Adjudicator’s decision. The […]

Two EU regulations on UCITS/AIFMD asset segregation requirements for depositaries upon delegation

On 12 July 2018, the European Commission adopted two delegated regulations supplementing the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and the Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities Directive (UCITS) on the safekeeping of assets by depositaries and their delegates. Their main purpose is to eliminate discrepancies among different national regulations. The following aspects will […]

Sleeping time is not working time says Court of Appeal

By Siobhan Fitzgerald The social care sector is breathing a sigh of relief after the Court of Appeal in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake reversed previous cases and decided that only time spent awake and working should be counted as working time for the purposes of calculating the national minimum wage.

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The NSPCC’s Barbara Esam’s remit of fighting for youngsters who fall foul of the law has helped keep her in the UK for twenty seven years longer than intended. Brendan Malkin reports Barbara Esam’s role is not that of your average in-house lawyer. She would feature just as well in ‘campaigning people’ stories in The […]

Bird & Bird launches Düsseldorf practice

Bird & Bird has launched its first German office with eight partners from the Düsseldorf office of Andersen Luther The team is led by Ander-sen CEO Wolfgang von Meibom, who joined with a team form Wessing last year. Meibom, who will be chairman of the new office, takes with him Klaus-Juergen Michaeli, Alexander Schroeder-Frerkes, Jan […]

Herbert Smith lands role on Malaysian Maxis IPO

Herbert Smith has scored a lead role on the first international initial public offering (IPO) to come out of Malaysia in five years.A combined Singapore and London team advised global coordinator ABN Amro Rothschild and joint bookrunners ABN, Goldman Sachs and ING Bank on the international and US law aspects of the Maxis Communications IPO.The […]

Ombudsman slates OSS for lack of client care

The Law Society and the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) have again been attacked by the Office of the Legal Services Ombuds-man (OLSO) But Ombuds-man Ann Abraham said the fundamental cause of the problem was a lack of service by solicitors to their clients.Abraham said: “There’s been a lot of promises and a […]

Mills & Reeve receives shot in the arm as NHS agencies defect from Pinsents

Mills & Reeve has won a new client – the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (Pasa) and the NHS Logistics Authority – from under the nose of former adviser Pinsent Curtis Biddle The Pasa and Logistics Authority tendered the work in May after Pinsents’ three-year contract came to an end. Fifteen firms pitched for the […]

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