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Fresh Governance of Historic Houses News - Briefing

Date: 26/05/2017 Authors : Richard Lane, Tom Bruce

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

Inn the Field of Play - May 2017: Diversity and Inclusion In Sport News - Briefing

Date: 28/05/2017 Authors : David Hunt

During 2016/2017, diversity and inclusion in sport has, rightly, continued to attract headlines and be an important talking point, with coaching staff, senior management teams and boards within many sports still not being representative of the sport, let alone the wider population at large.  I ha...

MiFID II - Legal Entity Identifier News - Briefing

Date: 24/05/2017 Authors : Fiona Lowrie, Louise Bralsford

In anticipation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (2014/65/EU) and accompanying legislation (MiFID II) coming into force next year on 3 January, financial institutions are increasingly asking certain clients to provide a legal entity identifier (LEI) so that they can fulfil their...

What can be learned from the death of Shanay Walker? News - Briefing

Date: 23/05/2017 Authors : Amy Wren, David Smellie

In 2014, Shanay Walker died at the age of seven, in what a coroner has described as "just about the worst case of child cruelty it's possible to imagine".  Shanay's aunt was subsequently jailed. 

Recent cases: making your school premises reasonably safe; disciplining teachers for using physical force News - Briefing

Date: 18/05/2017 Authors : Rachel Holmes, Ben Longworth, Alice Yandle

In two recent cases, schools have been sued: in one, on the grounds that its negligence led to a pupil being seriously injured; in the other, by a former teaching assistant who believed he had been unfairly dismissed. What were the facts, and were the schools at fault?

"I want my money back" - New rules for pursuing unpaid school fees News - Briefing

Date: 18/05/2017 Authors : Ben Longworth, Oliver Blundell

Unfortunately pursuing parents for unpaid school fees is a fact of life for many bursars. On 1 October 2017 new rules will come into force governing the way in which businesses must begin debt claims against individuals.

When relationships break down: Protecting your privacy and reputation in the aftermath of a breakup News - Briefing

Date: 15/05/2017 Authors : Alicia Mendonca

For high-profile individuals, a breakup or divorce is not only a time of emotional and financial strain. It is also poses a threat to your privacy and reputation. Knowing how to prevent and respond to these risks is essential.

Litigation and legal advice privilege interpreted narrowly by the High Court in SFO -v- Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation [2017] News - Briefing

Date: 12/05/2017 Authors : Kate Allass

In a significant decision on privilege, of particular relevance to in-house lawyers, the High Court earlier this week rejected a party's attempt to use privilege as a basis for withholding documents which were created by its legal advisors and forensic accountant.

Non-dom tax changes: no need to panic News - Briefing

Date: 12/05/2017 Authors : Debbie Pennington

Following the announcement of the General Election, many of the planned reforms to the taxation of non-UK domiciled individuals ( non-doms ) and to structures holding UK residential property were dropped from the Finance Bill 2017.

Safeguarding Children: dealing with low-level concerns about adults News - Briefing

Date: 09/05/2017 Authors : Adele Eastman, Katie Rigg

Ensuring that all staff and volunteers who work with children are suitable to do so is one of the most important aspects of an organisation's safeguarding duties. The early identification and appropriate management of safeguarding concerns about adults is an essential part of this. Where such a...

The insider threat – how to be prepared for the inevitable data breach News - Briefing

Date: 03/05/2017 Authors : Michael Patrick

According to a survey published this month by the British Chambers of Commerce one in five British businesses has been hacked by cyber criminals in the past year. The survey follows statistics released last year which estimated that cyber security incidents cost UK industry £34.1bn in 2016.

Common Reporting Standard – what it is, how it affects charities and changes to HMRC's guidance News - Briefing

Date: 02/05/2017 Authors : James Maloney

Last October Julian Smith wrote about the impact of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) on charities.  Updated guidance, issued in January, has now brought greater comfort on an area of lingering concern – that of the human rights implications of the reporting requirements for some charities.

New law requires large companies – including charitable companies – to report on their payment practices News - Briefing

Date: 02/05/2017 Authors : Rachel Holmes, Philip Reed

In an attempt to encourage companies to settle invoices promptly, Parliament has passed The Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations 2017, which require large companies to publish information about their payment practices and performance twice a year. How will this affect...

"Stronger charities for a stronger society": the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities publishes its recommendations News - Briefing

Date: 02/05/2017 Authors : Elizabeth Jones, Rachel Holmes

Last May, the House of Lords appointed a Select Committee to consider issues related to sustaining the charity sector and the challenges of charity governance. The Committee published its 156 page report  at the end of March. The report focuses on charities in England and Wales and on the interes...

Information Security: Meeting the Imminent Threat from Within News - Briefing

Date: 27/04/2017 Authors : Julian Pike, Tom Rudkin

Information loss is an ever-present risk for all organisations in today's world. Experience suggests that there is a fundamental and widespread lack of preparation for this risk. However, a change in regulation in 2018, requiring far greater preparation and a much more ordered response to an...

FCA publishes its 2017/2018 Business Plan News - Briefing

Date: 26/04/2017 Authors : Andy Peterkin

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its Business Plan for 2017/2018 on 18 April 2017. The Business Plan is an annual publication by the FCA, and sets out what the regulator sees as its main areas of focus for the year ahead. This year, the FCA has identified a number of whole-market...

Brexit: How will a British general election affect negotiations with the EU? News - Briefing

Date: 19/04/2017 Authors : Kate Allass, Richard Lane

Yesterday the British Prime Minister Theresa May took the markets by surprise by calling for a snap general election to be held on 8 June 2017.

Banning people from teaching: why the Secretary of State doesn't always get it right News - Briefing

Date: 13/04/2017 Authors : Alice Cave, Rachel Holmes

Since April 2012, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (the NCTL) has had power to issue Prohibition Orders against teachers on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.

The Government's Policy Statement on Relationships Education News - Briefing

Date: 13/04/2017 Authors : Jonathan Eley

On 1 March 2017 Justine Greening, the Secretary of state for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, announced her intention to "put Relationships and Sex Education on a statutory footing", with the intention of ensuring that "every child has access to age appropriate provision, in a...

When he becomes she, or she becomes he, or she/he becomes xe - a look at the guidance available to schools on gender reassignment amongst pupils News - Briefing

Date: 13/04/2017 Authors : Jonathan Eley

Available statistics suggest that the numbers of young people questioning their gender identity and taking steps to reassign their gender are increasing dramatically, and some of those young people are very young indeed.

Charity Tax – Round-up of key developments News - Briefing

Date: 12/04/2017 Authors : Elizabeth Jones, Charlotte Black

Three significant changes (or expected changes) to charity tax legislation and HMRC guidance are considered in this update: the revised HMRC guidance on the "fit and proper person" test that charity trustees and senior managers must meet, the amendments to the Gift Aid donor benefit rules, and th...

New Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims News - Briefing

Date: 12/04/2017 Authors : Oliver Blundell

On 1 October 2017 a new pre-action protocol for debt claims will come into being, applying to business creditors seeking to recover debt from an individual. Sole traders will count as both businesses and individuals.

Data Protection: making sure your charity gets it right News - Briefing

Date: 12/04/2017 Authors : Owen O'Rorke

Recent decisions by the Information Commissioner's Office (the ICO), fining a series of high-profile charities and seemingly condemning certain longstanding fundraising activities as unlawful, have confirmed for some what they long suspected: that data protection law has taken over the siege on t...

Contested legacies: a changing landscape News - Briefing

Date: 12/04/2017 Authors : Joanna Poole, Charlotte Fraser 

The recent case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and Others (formerly Ilott v Mitson ) has thrown the spotlight on claims brought by disappointed family members under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the 1975 Act ).

Inn the Field of Play - April 2017: Community Cost of New Stadia News - Briefing

Date: 11/04/2017 Authors : Karen Phull

Football stadia have been on the news agenda recently, with a number of high profile clubs redeveloping their grounds, building brand new state of the art facilities or otherwise moving to pastures new. It is of course only natural that clubs want to bring the live viewing experience to a larger...

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