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Impact of the FCA's Asset Management Study Final Report and Consultation Paper News - Briefing

Date: 20/07/2017 Authors : Grania Baird, Fiona Lowrie

The FCA recently published the Final Report of the Asset Management Market Study which sets out its findings and proposed remedies. Overall the Final Report reflected the FCA's Interim Report which we have previously covered .

ICO fines for data protection breaches: where are we now? News - Briefing

Date: 17/07/2017 Authors : Owen O'Rorke, Rachel Holmes

In April, the Information Commissioner ( ICO ) fined eleven charities for breaching data protection law. This is still only the second time the ICO has taken such a step – last December being the first, when two high-profile charities were sanctioned for similar activities. Then, the sector react...

Rural Estates Newsletter Summer 2017 News - Briefing

Date: 17/07/2017 Authors : James Maxwell, James Carleton

One of the delights of Springwatch is the way live webcams allow the office worker to peer from her desk into the alien world of a kestrel nest or a box of fledging blue tits. What an extraordinary thing, and how impoverished we would be without this perspective on such hidden lives. Politicians...

The Grail Trust: mixed messages from the Charity Commission on managing relationships with overseas partners News - Briefing

Date: 17/07/2017 Authors : Laetitia Ransley

An Inquiry Report published recently by the Charity Commission has highlighted some of the risks for children's charities working with overseas partners, but has left unanswered a number of broader questions for the sector.

Non-dom update: reforms to be effective from 6 April 2017 News - Briefing

Date: 17/07/2017 Authors : Russell Cohen

The government has now confirmed its intention that anticipated major reforms to the taxation of ‘non-doms’ will be effective from 6 April 2017. These reforms relate to non-UK domiciled individuals who have been long term UK residents, individuals who have previously been domiciled in the UK and...

The Great Repeal Bill News - Briefing

Date: 13/07/2017 Authors : William Charrington

When Theresa May called the snap election in April this year, her stated reason for doing so was to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations. The Conservative Party was also hoping that with a beefed-up majority it would have an easier time pushing through legislative projects such as the...

What will Brexit mean for schools? News - Briefing

Date: 10/07/2017 Authors : Lee Jackson

For decades, UK schools have been used to a clear distinction between EEA nationals (ie nationals of EU member states, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) and non-EEA nationals when it comes to recruitment of both staff and pupils.  EEA nationals have been in a privileged position, ab...

New FCA guidance on tackling cyber crime News - Briefing

Date: 07/07/2017 Authors : Michael Patrick

According to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) there has been a staggering 1,700% increase in cyber-attacks reported to it over the past three years. In 2014 there were only five such incidents reported, 27 in 2015 and 90 in 2016. That number will undoubtedly rise further in 2017.

Intellectual Property Rights Post Brexit: Possible Implications News - Briefing

Date: 07/07/2017 Authors : Michael Patrick, Emily Arnold

One of the many areas of uncertainty arising out of the UK's vote to leave the EU concerns intellectual property rights, and the extent to which these may be impacted by the UK's departure from the EU. Notwithstanding the planned Repeal Bill, Brexit is likely to have an effect on the registration...

Q3 2017 Commercial Forecast News - Briefing

Date: 06/07/2017 Authors : David Fletcher

We aim to help to keep our business clients in the know about a range of legal developments and issues that might affect them and the markets in which they operate. In this edition we look at the Great Repeal Bill; proposals from the European Commission and the UK to resolve the issue of EU...

"You can never be overdressed or overeducated" - Oscar Wilde News - Briefing

Date: 05/07/2017 Authors : Katie Lancaster

Hold the press! We have a breaking story about school skirts…..   

The School Report - Post-election: whither (or wither?) the Green Paper? News - Briefing

Date: 05/07/2017 Authors : Sam Macdonald

We are still in the early days, so it's hard to tell quite how violently the Prime Minister's conviction has been rocked by the Election, or how her outlook will change without the firm grip on the policy tiller previously applied by Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy.  Right now, she looks and sounds...

B Corporations – what's the Benefit? News - Briefing

Date: 04/07/2017 Authors : Emma James

"B Corp is to business what Fair Trade is to coffee"

Inn the Field of Play - June 2017: GDPR: A game-changer for the sports sector News - Briefing

Date: 29/06/2017 Authors : Ian De Freitas

GDPR is a new EU regulation set to radically reform the way we handle individuals' personal data, and will come into force less than a year from now. This month, we consider the effect of GDPR on the sports sector, providing practical examples of its impact along with how to prepare for the bigge...

GDPR and fundraising: where are we now? News - Briefing

Date: 21/06/2017 Authors : Owen O'Rorke

A big cause for concern amongst HEI development departments in recent months has been the changing regulatory position around direct marketing – which includes fundraising, as well as related activities around relationship building and contact profiling (notably wealth screening). This is partly...

Research misconduct - should it be criminalised? News - Briefing

Date: 21/06/2017 Authors : John Hull

A report in The Times on 28th March 2017 highlighted a worrying trend in the number of allegations of research misconduct at UK research-intensive universities. Using Freedom of Information requests, the BBC found that 23 of the UK’s leading research based universities reported about 300...

Student wellbeing and mental health News - Briefing

Date: 21/06/2017 Authors : Kathleen Heycock

I spoke recently at a conference about student wellbeing and mental health and what lessons can be learned from other sectors’ approach to safeguarding.  I was struck again by what a huge issue this seems to be for people working “on the ground” at Universities and how many of the issues...

Transparency in the UK Property Market News - Briefing

Date: 16/06/2017 Authors : Anthony Turner

As part of the move towards greater transparency, the Government has issued a call for evidence on its proposal to introduce a register of beneficial ownership of overseas companies (and other legal entities) which own real property in the United Kingdom.  If implemented, this will be the first...

Sir Cliff Richard v the BBC: privacy rights and criminal investigations News - Briefing

Date: 16/06/2017 Authors : Tom Rudkin

The helicopter images broadcast as police raided Sir Cliff Richard's home in Sunningdale were unquestionably one of the most controversial news segments of 2014.  The case highlights the issue of privacy rights in criminal investigations.

Rates ruling provides welcome relief for museums News - Briefing

Date: 14/06/2017 Authors : Jane Randell

I'm sure many in the museums sector will be breathing a collective sigh of relief after an important ruling on business rates last week which saw York Museums Trust triumph in a long-running dispute with the Valuation Office Agency.

European Commission backs FinTech innovation and competition in the face of tightening regulatory standards governing FinTechs News - Briefing

Date: 14/06/2017 Authors : Louise Bralsford

Last month, Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis made a speech in which he leant support to the FinTech sector amid their concerns that the proposed implementation of Directive 2015/2366 (PSD2) would restrict innovation and competition.  Here, we look at the context of...

Mapping the manifestos 2017—Brexit News - Briefing

Date: 05/06/2017 Authors : Kate Allass

This Q&A was originally published on LexisNexis, and has been republished with the approval of the editor. Public Law analysis: What approach has each of the main political parties in the UK adopted with regards to Brexit ahead of the UK parliamentary general election on 8 June 2017? Kate Allass,...

UK immigration and families: Domestic Workers in Private Households News - Briefing

Date: 02/06/2017 Authors : Elena Hinchin, Lee Jackson

Can families from outside the UK bring their household staff when coming to the UK? We are often asked to advise non-UK based individuals and families wanting to come to the UK whether they can be accompanied by members of their household staff. This question is often on the mind of both those...

British Airways - still the world's favourite airline? News - Briefing

Date: 02/06/2017 Authors : Michael Patrick

It is no exaggeration to say that the recent Bank Holiday weekend was a reputational disaster for British Airways. The incident highlights why everyone needs a crisis plan.

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

Date: 30/05/2017 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...

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