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Individual accountability moves closer – what will it mean for me?

Individual accountability in the regulated financial services sector moved a step closer with this week’s publication of the heads of bill of the Central Bank (Individual Accountability Framework) Bill 2021. We now have much greater visibility of the additional obligations that will be imposed on firms and individuals under the individual accountability framework.

Space: Amendment to the Regional Regime of Space Activities – Regional Legislative Decree No. 24/2021/A

The first amendment to the licensing regime for space activities provided that “the use of infrastructure and platforms, which integrate the development of space activities in the Region, is exercised exclusively by an administrative concession contract to be concluded with the Regional Government of the Azores, in compliance with the respective applicable legal procedure”.

Costs orders in financial remedy proceedings

Parties in financial remedy proceedings on divorce need to be alive to the implications that their behaviour may have on their final settlement by way of costs orders.

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