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Amendments to the Hungarian Data Protection Act

By Dorottya Gindl The Hungarian Parliament has recently adopted legislation with the aim of harmonising the national data protection rules with the rules of the GDPR, and supplementing the national rules in areas not regulated by the GDPR. The Parliament adopted Act XXXVIII of 2018 (“Amendment“) in an extraordinary session and the new regulations entered […]

Changes to Entrepreneurs’ Relief: What do you need to know?

By Mark Braude A significant and welcome change to the Entrepreneurs’ Relief (ER) rules was announced in the Finance Bill 2019 last month. It is aimed at shareholders who would otherwise lose their entitlement to ER as a result of being diluted below the 5% required shareholding…

FCA publishes evaluation of Guaranteed Asset Protection intervention

By Alanna Tregear The Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) said, as part of its 2018/2019 Business Plan, it wished to investigate the effectiveness and impact of its interventions into certain markets and industries. The FCA intends to conduct three pilot evaluations, the first being an evaluation of the FCA’s September 2015 intervention into GAP insurance. […]

Asset management and investment funds update

On 30 July 2018, ESMA published its final report following its peer review of the compliance and supervisory framework of six national competent authorities (NCAs) with aspects of the UCITS framework for Efficient Portfolio Management (EPM). The review covered the NCAs for Ireland, the UK, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Estonia and was limited to assessment […]

Employers: Capability procedures explained

By Michael Briggs This month, in our Breaking Down the Handbook series, we look at capability policies and why they are a useful tool for employers to have when it comes to dealing with poor performance…

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OSS seeks funds to clear backlog

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors is asking for more than £700,000 from the Law Society to help clear a projected backlog of 370 cases. The OSS, whose operating costs account for around a third of the Law Society’s budget, is to employ nine new staff, seven of whom will be investigative accountants. The […]

Manches & Co invests in VoiceType Dictation system

London solicitors Manches & Co has ordered eight more copies of IBM’s VoiceType Dictation 3.0 system, bringing its total to 13 copies. The system, which allows users to dictate their own documents direct to screen and correct them without secretarial help, has been tested by the firm’s 110 fee earners over the past two years. […]

Mears tries the 'carrot' approach with client care programme

The maxim “the customer is always right” does not appear to have gained much currency among solicitors. Each year 20,000 complaints flood in to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). “With that number of complaints, there is something wrong,” surmised former Law Society president Martin Mears, the surprise choice as the head of […]

Fairer play on training

As one of the first of the LPC graduates of 1994 and one who has been unable to find a training contract, I was interested to read Tony Holland’s article in The Lawyer 19 November. I am a mature candidate with a wealth of experience in discrimination law. It is a sad state of affairs […]

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