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Information Matters: Europe - The Final Countdown News - Briefing

Date: 25/05/2016 Authors : Owen O'Rorke

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to take effect on 25 May 2018, precisely two years today. While the text is agreed, practitioners and organisations may now be forgiven for waiting to see how the national authorities interpret its effect - the UK Government, in the case of...

Tighter underwriting standards in the buy-to-let sector How we help - Property

Date: 24/05/2016 Authors : Katy Ruddell, Sarah Howell

Buy-to-let lenders should brace themselves for tighter controls on mortgage lending. The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is proposing to introduce minimum standards firms should meet when underwriting buy-to-let mortgage contracts covering affordability testing, stress testing and more robu...

Contracting with promoters for outside events How we help - Property

Date: 23/05/2016 Authors : Jane Randell

This article was published in the Spring issue of Historic House: The Historic Houses Association Magazine and is reproduced by kind permission.

Information Matters: Unhealthy habits? Data protection and the NHS News - Briefing

Date: 19/05/2016 Authors : Alan Baker

The merry month of May has not, thus far, proved to be especially cheerful for the NHS in terms of its data handling, with a spate of news stories about privacy breaches and concerns about Google's access to patients' medical records following collaboration between the Royal Free NHS Trust and...

Supreme Court upholds press ban in celebrity threesome case News - Briefing

Date: 19/05/2016 Authors : Tom Rudkin

After much anticipation, the Supreme Court has flexed its muscles by making clear that the English legal system won’t be bullied by the media.  By a majority of 4 to 1, five Supreme Court Justices today overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal to discharge an injunction obtained by an...

A new method of resolving disputes regarding children News - Briefing

Date: 19/05/2016 Authors : Flora Harragin

The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) launched the Family Law Arbitration Scheme in early 2012.  The scheme created a new form of dispute resolution for family law disputes.  It enabled couples to appoint a chosen arbitrator to deal with their case and, importantly, impose a binding awar...

Unmarried Parents: The Cost of Raising a Child News - Briefing

Date: 19/05/2016 Authors : Daisy Tarnowska

The financial provision available on divorce is well known and often the subject of media interest. It is rare for a week to go by without the national press reporting on the financial provision awarded in a salacious big money divorce. In contrast, the scope of financial provision available to...

Desert Island Risks: Support for Separate Corporate Personality in the Family Division News - Briefing

Date: 19/05/2016 Authors : Nicholas Bennett

For some considerable time now, the English judiciary have been telling matrimonial lawyers that they are not so very special and should behave accordingly. 

Appointed Representatives permitted to advise on conversion and transfer of pension benefits in new Act News - Briefing

Date: 18/05/2016 Authors : Rachel Lowe (née Watts)

"That measure puts the eligibility of appointed representatives to advise on these transactions beyond doubt". Harriet Baldwin, MP, Economic Secretary to HM Treasury, at the House of Commons Public Bill Committee, 23 February 2016

Farrer & Co wins Magic Circle Award Who we help - Charities & institutions

Date: 18/05/2016 Authors :

Farrer & Co scooped Charity Law Firm of the Year for the second year in a row at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards, held on 12 May at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London. The law firm was also runner up in the London Law Firm of the Year category.

Meeting investors' expectations – Thematic Review News - Briefing

Date: 17/05/2016 Authors : Grania Baird, Fiona Lowrie

The FCA recently published their thematic review, Meeting investors' expectations TR16/3 ( Thematic Review ). The main purpose of this Thematic Review is to ascertain whether UK authorised investment funds are being managed in accordance with the investors' expectations as set by marketing and...

ESMA's finalised remuneration guidelines for UCITS provide no further clarity on proportionality News - Briefing

Date: 11/05/2016 Authors : Grania Baird, Jessica Reed

Further guidance on UCITS remuneration was published on 31 March 2016 by the European Securities and Markets Authority ( ESMA ) in the form of its finalised Guidelines on Sound Remuneration policies under the UCITS Directive and AIFMD .

Rio 2016: How to deal with selection appeals News - Briefing

Date: 09/05/2016 Authors : Kate Allass, Tom Rudkin

Last summer, we produced a 10 point guide on how to avoid selection disputes in the drafting, publication and implementation of selection policies.  Pre-planning and careful management of the selection process can go a long way towards reducing the number of athlete appeals and reducing the chanc...

Stamp Duty Land Tax Additional Rates Property - News

Date: 06/05/2016 Authors : James Bromley

At the Autumn Statement in November 2015, a series of new additional SDLT rates were announced, effective from 1 April 2016. We have previously published two Q&A briefings outlining the scope of the new rates (available here and here ).

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 News - Briefing

Date: 06/05/2016 Authors : Elen Griffiths

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 (the Act) has been hailed as "part of a big reform programme for charities and social enterprises" by Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society. We explained the background to the Act and its development in our briefing in August 2015. Th...

The PSC Register: An introductory guide for charities and their trading subsidiaries News - Briefing

Date: 06/05/2016 Authors : Elizabeth Jones

Since 6 April 2016, registered companies have been required to keep a Register of People with Significant Control ( PSC Register ) from 6 April 2016.  This new requirement applies to all UK companies and LLPs including charitable companies, community interest companies and trading subsidiaries of...

What is a 'sport'? The decision of the Charity Tribunal in the Cambridgeshire Target Shooting Association case News - Briefing

Date: 04/05/2016 Authors : James Maloney

The First-tier Tribunal (Charity) (the Tribunal ) recently decided not to recognise Cambridgeshire Target Shooting Association ( CTSA ) as a charity. 

Closing the gender pay gap News - Briefing

Date: 04/05/2016 Authors : Rachel Lewis , Claudia Rooney 

In February the Government published draft Regulations that will introduce mandatory gender pay gap reporting. It intends the Regulations to come into force on 1 October 2016.  Affected employers will then have a lead-in time of 18 months to publish the required information; taking a preliminary...

In, Out, In, Out, Shake it All About? Charities, Campaigning and the EU referendum News - Briefing

Date: 29/04/2016 Authors : Laetitia Ransley

As the EU referendum date of 23 June approaches and the prospect of a potential Brexit looms, many in the charity sector will be pondering what the likely impact of the vote will be for their organisation, and what – if any – role they wish to play in determining its outcome.

General Data Protection Regulation: Implications for Charities News - Briefing

Date: 29/04/2016 Authors : Alan Baker, Nicole Reed

Last December, the European Commission announced that consensus had finally been reached on the text of the General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ).  The three independent law-making bodies (the European Commission, Parliament and Council) had combined their efforts under the leadership of Ja...

Consultation on simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefit rules News - Briefing

Date: 29/04/2016 Authors : Rachel Holmes

Fundamentally, Gift Aid is a tax relief on charitable donations, but it has long been possible for charities to provide some benefits to donors in connection with their donations and still claim Gift Aid, for instance as part of a charity membership scheme. There are, however, limits to the...

Information Matters: Encryption hits the headlines again - WhatsApp, Brexit and Freedom of Information News - Briefing

Date: 29/04/2016 Authors : Owen O'Rorke

Our last edition of Information Matters highlighted the recent announcement by WhatsApp that it had introduced full end-to-end encryption for communications sent between devices, noting that " It will certainly be interesting to see how governments around the world respond to this development… " 

Charity Commission's Consultation on Fundraising Guidance: 'Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties' News - Briefing

Date: 29/04/2016 Authors : Nicole Reed

In the last year charity fundraising has been, and continues to be, headline news. Media scandal, triggered by the tragic death of Olive Cooke, coupled with increasing political pressure for reform has led to a full review of fundraising regulations ( the Etherington Review ), amendments to the...

Information Matters: GDPR after Brexit - plus ça change… News - Briefing

Date: 28/04/2016 Authors : Paul Jones

In addition to confirming today the Select Committee’s approval of the new Information Commissioner, as previewed in the last edition of Information Matters , the ICO last week issued the following Statement on the implications of Brexit for data protection:

Budget 2016: Non-dom reform update How we help - Private wealth matters

Date: 28/04/2016 Authors : Diana Davidson, Christine Payne Smith

The recent Budget included some good news for non-domiciliaries. Specifically it has been confirmed that: The overseas assets of individuals who become deemed domiciled under the new rules in April 2017 will be rebased for capital gains tax (CGT) purposes so that pre-6 April 2017 gains will not b...

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