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Enforcement of Financial Orders on Divorce: What can you do if your ex doesn't pay? News - Briefing

Date: 22/03/2017 Authors : Tessa Bray

It is important to think about security and enforcement at the time of settlement and drawing up a financial order.  A party can ask for security where there is a risk of someone not complying, and when sums are secured, enforcement becomes much easier.

Two roads diverged in a wood: international bifurcation in divorce News - Briefing

Date: 22/03/2017 Authors : Nicholas Bennett

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken (1916)

Goyal v Goyal: problems with foreign pensions News - Briefing

Date: 22/03/2017 Authors : Charlie Fikry

In the great majority of divorces, a key element of financial proceedings is the redistribution of assets between the parties.  One party's pension pot can represent a substantial percentage of those assets.  For many couples therefore, achieving a fair division of the family assets has to take...

Commercial Property Newsletter: Spotlight on Development March 2017 News - Briefing

Date: 22/03/2017 Authors : Clive Lovatt

Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter on all matters affecting the property development industry.

Fighting Fake News: what to do when it happens to you News - Briefing

Date: 17/03/2017 Authors : Alicia Mendonca

'Fake News' was not a well-known term before the US elections, but it is now at the forefront of debates about online content and social media. Now that most of us source news stories online, the effect of fake coverage can be highly damaging.

Inn the Field of Play - March 2017:Trouble in a Jiffy: A salutary lesson in poor risk management News - Briefing

Date: 16/03/2017 Authors : Julian Pike

British Cycling (BC) and Team Sky have sadly undergone a torrid ordeal in recent months, reaching something of a crescendo earlier this month with a British Cycling coach and the Chief Executive of UKAD giving evidence before Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee. BC and Team Sky's experience...

Almshouses – what rights do residents have? News - Briefing

Date: 08/03/2017 Authors : Mark Gauguier, Rachel Holmes

In a recent case, the Court of Appeal affirmed that almshouse residents do not have the rights of tenants. It also ruled that almshouse beneficiaries cannot validly claim that denying them tenancy status amounts to a discriminatory breach of their human rights.

Reviewing the Code of Fundraising Practice News - Briefing

Date: 08/03/2017 Authors : James Maloney

On 3 February 2017, the Fundraising Regulator announced its first consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice (the Code ).  The consultation will run until the end of April 2017.

Charity Commission decision: the Temple of the Jedi Order News - Briefing

Date: 08/03/2017 Authors : Rachel Holmes, Philip Reed

Just before Christmas the Charity Commission published its decision to refuse the Temple of the Jedi Order's ( TOTJO ) application for registration as a charity. As it turned out, this decision on a Star Wars-based faith was the unexpected showcase for the Commission's latest thinking on the...

Gift Aid declarations – a new role for digital giving platforms News - Briefing

Date: 08/03/2017 Authors : Rachel Holmes

From 6 April 2017, it will be possible for intermediaries, such as online giving platforms, to make Gift Aid declarations on behalf of donors using their services.

Summary of recent Charity Commission Inquiry Reports News - Briefing

Date: 08/03/2017 Authors : Emma James

World-Check – what can you do if you find yourself on its database? News - Briefing

Date: 07/03/2017 Authors : Michael Patrick

Recent legal action taken by the Finsbury Park Mosque against Thomson Reuters has highlighted the reputational harm that can be caused if you are wrongly added to World-Check's database.

Information Matters: Does Brexit Create Data Regulation Risks or Opportunities for the UK and European companies? News - Briefing

Date: 02/03/2017 Authors : Peter Wienand

On 22 February 2017, I participated in speaking at the Outsell Leadership Council meeting, covering the topic of "Data Regulation and Brexit - Risks and Opportunities". This is an article of my findings.

Information Matters: Search engine "pessimisation": an upward trend for rights holders? News - Briefing

Date: 02/03/2017 Authors : Owen O'Rorke, Adam Fletcher

Under a new Voluntary Code of Practice announced last month, the two leading search engine operators (that is, Google and Microsoft – not that many people outside Microsoft have yet taken to using the verb "to Bing" as a shorthand for web searches) have committed to upholding the interests of bon...

Inn the Field of Play - February 2017: Sporting leaks - Brand Beckham takes a hit while Arscott pays a heavy price for sibling rivalry News - Briefing

Date: 28/02/2017 Authors : Michael Patrick

Last month two high profile albeit very different cases highlighted the risk of data leaks in a sporting context

PSC registers - new transparency rules for UK companies News - Briefing

Date: 28/02/2017 Authors : Tim Follett

Have you filed an annual Confirmation Statement at Companies House recently? If you have, or are preparing to, you've probably noticed a requirement to identify individuals who are 'people with significant control' ( PSCs ) in relation to UK companies. New rules were introduced in April 2016...

MiFID II - Transaction reporting obligations for investment firms News - Briefing

Date: 27/02/2017 Authors : Rachel Lowe, Fiona Lowrie

MiFID II will be implemented into UK law on 3 January 2018 and will replace Directive 2004/39/EC ( MiFID I ). MiFID II aims to enhance the efficiency and integrity of the financial markets across the European Union and we have prepared a suite of briefings on key areas of change. This briefing...

New data protection regulation: 450 days and counting. What should you be doing now? News - Briefing

Date: 23/02/2017 Authors : Owen O'Rorke

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect in the UK, and across the EU, on 25 May 2018 – in a little over 450 days' time. To help focus the mind we have christened this "DP-Day".

The JCT republishes its standard form building contracts - all change, or more of the same? News - Briefing

Date: 23/02/2017 Authors : Edward Banyard Smith 

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) contract will be familiar to many schools. They have been the building contract of choice for years, if not decades - the first JCT contract was published in 1931 and was followed by significant revisions over the years, most recently in 2011. Surveys have...

First rulings on historic abuse claims against Catholic school News - Briefing

Date: 23/02/2017 Authors : Ben Longworth, Rachel Holmes

The High Court has begun hearing historic abuse cases brought by former pupils of St William's School in Market Weighton. The alleged abuse took place at a time when the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (the Institute) supplied brothers as teachers, but the school was run by...

Alternative sources of long-term finance News - Briefing

Date: 21/02/2017 Authors : Marc Glancy

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

Brexit white paper published – where now for Financial Services? News - Briefing

Date: 09/02/2017 Authors : Louise Bralsford

This week's vote in the House of Commons giving the Prime Minister approval to trigger Article 50 followed the publication of a white paper ( paper ), providing us with slightly more detail about the Government's plan for the UK's withdrawal from the EU.  Mrs May's speech on 17 January cited...

Reporting divorce battles – balancing open justice versus the right to a private breakup News - Briefing

Date: 08/02/2017 Authors : Michael Patrick

Since the press were first allowed to attend family court hearings in 2010, there has been an increasingly fierce debate between family judges over the extent to which divorce matters should be kept private or whether the media should be free to report on what are often intriguing and headline...

Suing social media – the Facebook Ireland cases News - Briefing

Date: 08/02/2017 Authors : Tom Rudkin

Two recent Northern Irish cases have provided useful guidance on the ability to claim compensation from social media companies following the publication of content by other users. 

Charities, culture and VAT – the tale continues News - Briefing

Date: 31/01/2017 Authors : Rachel Holmes

Several years ago, the British Film Institute ( BFI ) appealed to the Tribunal against HMRC’s refusal to repay VAT that it had charged on cinema tickets. BFI argued that the films fell within the cultural services exemption of the VAT Directive. This exemption applied to "certain cultural service...

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