Practice Areas

European Commission replies on SFDR priority issues

In January of this year, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) issued a letter to the European Commission seeking interpretative clarity on certain priority issues of Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 on sustainability related disclosures in the financial services sector (SFDR). The European Commission has now published (26 July 2021) its long-awaited reply to the ESA letter in a Q&A format.

A drop in private law children cases: a sign of change in the family courts?

In July 2021, new private law cases received by Cafcass (the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service) fell by over 16%. According to the latest figures published by Cafcass this week, they received a total of 3,774 new private law cases in July 2021, 740 cases (16.4%) fewer than in January 2020.

SEN support funding crisis

Insufficient funding within special educational needs (SEN) has been a consistent theme for many years. Schools are forced to dip into their own funds to assist children with SEN.

UK ‘megadeals’ increase tenfold

The number of venture capital ‘megadeals’ in the UK has increased tenfold over the last decade, according to a report by Shoosmiths in partnership with intuitive data platform Beauhurst – UK Megadeals: Past, Present and Future.

I’ve got my decree absolute – that’s it, right?

Research undertaken by Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers in 2020, has highlighted increasing numbers of people are choosing to go it alone on divorce. This is without the support of legal or other professional help, the so-called “DIY divorce”.

New Hungarian government decree on patent protection: encouragement of patents v. threat of compulsory licensing

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, on 6 August 2021 the Hungarian Government issued Decree No. 474/2021 on the different application of the Patent Act (Act XXXIII of 1995). According to the decree, patent applications filed after the entry into force of this decree will not be subject to a maintenance fee for the first three years of patent protection. The decree was promulgated on 6 August 2021 and will remain in force until the end of the state of emergency related to Covid-19.

Pensions Ombudsman Update – September 2021

Key areas covered in this edition include: – Change of position defence partially upheld to avoid repayment of overpaid sums – Employer fails in error to automatically enrol eligible jobholder due to misunderstanding on auto-enrolment “Tiers” – No award for non-financial injustice following a minor delay in providing scheme rules – Scheme rules takes precedence in conflict between provisions in past communications