Practice Areas

Switzerland – Authorisation and supervision of trustees under the Financial Institutions Act

By Corinne Nobs On 15 June 2018 Parliament adopted the Financial Services Act (FinSA) and the Financial Institutions Act (FinIA). The FinSA contains code of conduct provisions with which financial services providers must comply vis-à-vis their clients. The FinIA essentially harmonises the authorisation rules for financial service providers. Both laws are expected to come into force […]

Africa: New trends, old ways

By João Afonso Fialho Anyone with experience of working in Africa will tell you that, in the past couple of years, we have been assisting them to gradually abandon old-fashioned, highly protective nationalist policies. Important nations in the continent have started to interact with the global market in a wise and realistic way.

Hong Kong

Paul Hastings Hong Kong chair moves in-house for global GC role

Paul Hastings’ Hong Kong partner and office chair Steve Winegar has moved in-house, taking up a new role as international general counsel at Chinese insurance giant Ping An. The move will see Winegar returning to an in-house position in the financial sector. He joined Paul Hastings as a corporate partner in 2010 from Goldman Sachs, […]

TLT advises EHRC on inquiry into housing for disabled people

The inquiry, which began in 2016, looked at whether accessible and adaptable housing is fulfilling disabled people’s rights to live independently. Debbie Reynolds, associate in the planning and environment team and Kane Kirkbride, partner in the housing team, advised the Commission on four main areas, including: Its response to the government consultation on a standardised […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers helps in prosecution in a murder trial

Michael Duck QC, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, is leading the prosecution in a murder trial following the death of a schoolboy. Ozell Pemberton, a former pupil at Greenwood Academy in Castle Vale, was fatally knifed outside McDonald’s in Sutton Coldfield in May this year following an earlier incident between two groups of youths. Two people […]

Schoenherr supports development phase of LAWRENCE

Relief in the everyday life of a law firm! All the data on legal services and experience gained, on the expert knowledge of lawyers and information on the market position of the firm flow into a data pool. The data automatically find their correct position and are available in print-ready form according to the query. Law firms […]

MEES: domestic landlords may have to spend £3,500 to comply

By Maria Connolly On 5 November 2018, the government released it response to the consultation on proposals to amend The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (widely known as the MEES Regulations). What is the effect of the consultation response? The consultation had proposed that landlords of domestic properties would be required to spend […]

The Netherlands: collective redress in cartel damage cases

By Mijke Sinninghe Damsté The European Commission imposes heavy fines on companies that are found to have infringed competition rules. Companies that suffered losses as a consequence of this infringement, often try to seek damages in follow-on court proceedings. For reasons of efficiency (among other reasons), cartel damage claims are frequently filed collectively. In the Netherlands, […]

Recent litigation cases before the Jersey Royal Court

By Imogen Thomas The Royal Court in Jersey has a varied and challenging workload. The cases that have come before it this quarter certainly live up to that description. Here we discuss just a handful of cases that the Royal Court has determined, that, whilst in some respects are unremarkable, in other respects serve to illustrate […]

Employment Essentials – October 2018

By Jane Fielding, Connie Cliff Gowling WLG’s employment, labour & equalities experts pick October’s top five employment law developments that may affect your business. 1. Budget 2018 Employment implications: the what and when 2. Whistleblowing: NEDs personally liable to whistleblower for post dismissal losses 3. Employer’s vicarious liability in the 21st century 4. Disability discrimination: job description not in itself […]

Detailed insight into Grove Developments Limited v S&T (UK) Limited

By Sue Ryan, Lindsay Hammond, Cathy Moore In February 2018, we reported on the important judgement in Grove Developments Limited v S&T (UK) Limited (2018). As set out in our review of the judgment, the judgment confirmed that a party does have the right to adjudicate on the “true” value of an interim application where there is either no […]

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