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Significant Beneficial Ownership: MCA Releases Amended Rules

On 8 February 2019, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) released the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners) Amendment Rules, 2019 (New SBO Rules) to revise and amend the Companies (Significant Beneficial Owners), 2018 (Old SBO Rules). The New SBO Rules have once again kick-started the process of requiring significant beneficial owners to start the reporting procedures. […]

Bermuda’s beneficial ownership registers and privacy: status update and further observations

Bermuda companies, limited liability companies and partnerships have until 30 April 2019 to update or verify beneficial ownership information under Bermuda’s ‘beneficial ownership legislation’. Bermuda’s central register of beneficial ownership information is held on the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) “Integra portal”, a secure online registration and filing system. Currently, under Bermuda law, the information on […]

Trusts vs. Foundations: What are the deciding factors?

Trusts have been around for a long time. Their use in the context of succession and wealth planning as well as philanthropy is well established. Foundations, on the other hand, are relatively new (certainly to common law jurisdictions such as Jersey) and as a result there are fewer of them. However, they are being increasingly […]

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Lawyers must keep independence

Shadow Attorney General Edward Garnier QC argues that Lord Irvine’s plans for a Criminal Defence Service threaten the constitutional role of the judiciary. On 5 July, the Lord Chancellor made a speech to the Third Worldwide Common Law Judiciary Conference in Edinburgh. He concentrated his remarks on what he called the “cornerstone issues” of judicial […]

Former NUJ legal officer takes union to tribunal

The former legal officer for the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is taking the union to an employment tribunal after it moved its out-of-house legal work from Stephens Innocent to Thompsons. Sally Gilbert, now a senior solicitor in Stephens Innocent’s employment department, is claiming unfair dismissal and breach of contract, saying her role was greatly […]

Taking shares as fees could pay dividends

In the week in which Dixons’ Freeserve became the first big new media flotation in the UK, having a stake in an IT company appeared to offer the promise of huge profits to come. Whether those who are surfing the stockmarket as well as the web will see those profits in the short term, of […]

The Firm

Speech given by Jack Pratchard at a recent partners meeting. …You know me. I’m the rainmaker – I don’t often dip my toe into Lake Law. But when Toby Tucker, chief executive of Tucker’s Quarrying Limited, demands our top man to help set up Tucker’s Kingdom of Slate – the largest slate wholesaler in Dorset […]

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