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We produce regular briefings which examine the latest legal developments, regulations and case law. 

To Be or Not to Be...upheld? That is the Question

Date Posted: 29/06/2015 Author: Josephine Fay

A nuptial agreement – whether pre or post-nuptial – seeks to determine how assets should be divided in the event of divorce or separation and/or regulate financial affairs during marriage.  Whereas a pre-nuptial agreement is entered into before the marriage, a post-nuptial agreement (as one would expect) is entered into at some time after the m...

Armed & ready?

Date Posted: 26/06/2015 Author: James Maloney

James Maloney discusses how a new Charity Bill will provide stronger protection for charities.

This article was first published in the Summer 2015 edition of the New Law Journal, reproduced here with kind permission from the publishers, Globe Law and Business.

Wright or Wrong? The end of the meal ticket for life?

Date Posted: 25/06/2015 Author: Flora Harragin

In the recent and widely publicised case of Wright v Wright[1], the wife was told that there is a general expectation in these courts that once a child is [aged 6/7], most mothers can consider part tim...

For better for worse: Take your spouse as you find them

Date Posted: 25/06/2015 Author: Victoria Walsh (née Stratton)

A question commonly asked by a spouse seeking legal advice following the breakdown of their marriage is the extent to which bad behaviour will be taken into account by the court when determining an overall financial settlement.

Family offices in the United Kingdom

Date Posted: 23/06/2015 Author: Marianne Kafena and Alison Springett and Sarah von Schmidt and Grania Baird

This extract, from 'Family Offices: The STEP Handbook for Advisers', is reproduced with kind permission from the publishers, Globe Law and Business.

Inn the Field of Play - June 2015

Date Posted: 22/06/2015 Author: Martin Blake

Financing Football – the Risk and the Reward

Sterling to Manchester City, De Gea to Real Madrid? With the football transfer window opening on 1 July 2015 and a number of deals already agreed, the rumour mill is in full swing. At this time, it is clearly important for football clubs to review budgets in relation to what they can spend and...

Information Matters: Public sector information: UK implementation imminent

Date Posted: 19/06/2015 Author: Peter Wienand

At a time when information and big data is seen as fundamental to the next phase of economic development, information held by the public sector is a key resource, one that is within the power of governments to make available for re-use.

Information Matters: Data breaches - the personal angle

Date Posted: 18/06/2015 Author: John Hull

Verizon has recently published its 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report.  It presents a revealing evidential picture of the scale, nature and loss caused to businesses (and inevitably to individuals) as a result of deliberate attempts to obtain access to an organisation’s systems.  The Report presents evid...

Information Matters: EU Guidance sends 'warning shot' in David and Goliath data battle

Date Posted: 18/06/2015 Author: Alan Baker and Elen Griffiths

Following high profile 'whistleblowing' in recent years by individuals including WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange and ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden, it is no secret that certain governments and security services around the world have given themselves extensive powers to access confidential information (including personal data) belonging to private companies. This kind of ...

Information Matters: Don't shoot the messenger

Date Posted: 17/06/2015 Author: Owen O'Rorke

Delivering emotive information, true or false, can have powerful consequences.  How we transmit information is regulated in many ways.  Regulation is not always a popular word in this area, as the press backlash to the Leveson Inquiry made clear. But wherever possible, rather than preventing freedom of expression, the law is mostly interested in the consequen...

Drawing the strands together - a guide to the new UK property tax regime

Date Posted: 15/06/2015 Author: Nick Dunnell

Over the past three years the government has:

  • introduced new taxes on high value residential property held by companies (whether UK or offshore);
  • significantly increased certain taxes on UK residential property; and
  • introduced an extension of capital gains tax (CGT) to non-residents disposing ...

Regulatory Briefing: Investment Association Publishes Statement of Principles for Investment Managers

Date Posted: 05/06/2015 Author: Rachel Watts and Julia Hartley

The Investment Association, on 28 April 2015, published a Statement of Principles for investment managers (the Principles), which seek to go beyond the regulatory requirement of treating customers fairly as required by the Financial Conduct Authority.  They aim to encapsulate what the responsibility of managing other people's money m...

Independent schools and consumer credit: an update

Date Posted: 01/06/2015 Author: Paul Jones and Katy Ruddell

A Regulated Credit Activity specified under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 (RAO) is entering into a regulated credit agreement as lender. This covers a wide range of transactions and arrangements involving, essentially, the provision or extension of credit to...

Non-UK residents: Capital gains tax reporting

Date Posted: 27/05/2015 Author: Diana Davidson

From 5 April 2015 disposals of UK residential property by non UK residents may be subject to UK capital gains tax, whether or not within the regime applying to dwellings held via corporates introduced in April 2013, (“ATED related CGT”).

This note highlights key reporting issues affecting disposals of UK real property by non-UK residents.

Protecting Family Wealth: The Use of Trusts and Contracts by International Families

Date Posted: 22/05/2015 Author: Simon Bruce   and Daisy Tarnowska

This article was first published in the March 2015 edition of the Union International des Avocats newsletter, reproduced here with kind permission of the editor.

Inn the Field of Play - May 2015

Date Posted: 21/05/2015 Author: Lindsay Cunningham

Égalité – Fair Game, Set & Match?

Within a couple of months, the country will be caught up in the annual bout of tension found at the Wimbledon Championships. Befitting its status as the world's premier tennis Grand Slam, Wimbledon is the highest paying tournament in the tennis calendar.  The men's and women's singles champions will...

Information Matters: ICC publishes Cyber Security Guide for Business

Date Posted: 14/05/2015 Author: Alan Baker

As is well reported in the press (and indeed in our own Information Matters bulletins), failures in cyber security are seemingly rife, and apparently no one is safe from the attacks of hackers, be they college kids looking for a cheap (or, if they are caught...

Information Matters: ISPs & Search

Date Posted: 14/05/2015 Author: Anthony Misquitta

The law on the liability of search engines, search facilitators, P2P networks and internet service providers (ISPs) for behaviour that infringes intellectual property (IP) rights on their watch ebbs and flows and it can be difficult to keep on top of it all. Over the past four weeks we have drawn together some of the recent case law as at April 2015 to create a quick refer...

Information Matters: ICO calls for greater transparency around government outsourcing

Date Posted: 13/05/2015 Author: Paul Jones and Jane Randell

We wrote recently about the government pushing its own, non-EU driven transparency agenda through the new Public Contract Regulations 2015 (here).  In part, the government's aim is that more visibility of, and information regarding, public sector p...

ISPs & Search: Part 4 - The Past & the Future

Date Posted: 12/05/2015 Author: Anthony Misquitta

In the last of our four articles on ISPs and Search we consider some of the long-term trends that are evident and suggest what might happen in the future.

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