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Changing charity law for the better? The Law Commission's Report and the draft Charities Bill News - Briefing

Date: 22/09/2017 Authors : Elizabeth Jones

The complex nature of the Law Commission's Report on Technical Issues in Charity Law (the Report ) meant its publication on 14 September was greeted with little fanfare.  That should not detract from the wide-ranging changes to charity law that it recommends.

Non-dom changes: clarity at last? News - Briefing

Date: 15/09/2017 Authors : Russell Cohen

You will be aware of the confusion and lack of clarity surrounding the UK government’s proposed reforms to the tax regime for non-domiciliaries (non-doms). Following draft legislation released Friday 8 September and further draft legislation released on Wednesday 13 September, the position finall...

Using data protection law to defend your reputation: what about the new Data Protection Bill? News - Briefing

Date: 01/09/2017 Authors : Alicia Mendonca, Michael Patrick

When your reputation is threatened, defamation law was traditionally the first port of call. However, since the introduction of the "serious harm" requirement into the Defamation Act 2013, claimants and their advisors have sought out a number of alternative causes of action to protect their...

Inn the Field of Play - August 2017: Social Media in a Sporting Context News - Briefing

Date: 31/08/2017 Authors : Tom Rudkin, Alicia Mendonca

At the end of July, four men were sentenced to long jail sentences after stealing over £400,000 of designer goods from John Terry's home.  As has been widely reported, Terry had posted a picture on Instagram of his holiday in the French Alps, alerting the internet and specifically the soon-to-be...

Brand owners can restrict sales of luxury goods on third party online platforms: EU Advocate General opinion favours luxury brands News - Briefing

Date: 31/08/2017 Authors : Emily Arnold, Peter Wienand

It has long been recognised that luxury brands have a legitimate interest in controlling the physical environment in which their goods are sold – and that this does not necessarily amount to anti-competitive conduct.  The issue has now come up in the context of online sales via third party...

Cross-border disputes post Brexit – UK Government's proposed legal framework News - Briefing

Date: 30/08/2017 Authors : David Fletcher, William Charrington

Last week the Government published a series of position papers designed to address key issues in the Brexit negotiations. As the countdown to March 2019 continues, British businesses and financial services have been seeking assurances from the Government as to what a post-Brexit world will look...

Historic Houses and Image Licensing News - Briefing

Date: 25/08/2017 Authors : Emily Arnold

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

The perils of social media: how to manage your online content and respond to issues News - Briefing

Date: 21/08/2017 Authors : Alicia Mendonca

It was recently revealed that John Terry's house was burgled after he posted a picture on Instagram of his holiday in the French Alps, alerting burglars to the fact that no one was home. For many, social media is an inevitable part of their personal and professional lives. In this article, we loo...

FCA interim report on the retirement income market illustrates the need for greater competition and innovation News - Briefing

Date: 21/08/2017 Authors : Louise Bralsford, Jessica Gibson

I n its 2017/2018 Business Plan, the FCA highlighted competition and innovation as key areas of focus. It is fitting, therefore, that the FCA's interim report   on the retirement income market (published last month) emphasises both the importance of the FCA's role as competition regulator and als...

FinTech Update: Bank of England publishes results of FinTech Accelerator's latest Proofs of Concept News - Briefing

Date: 18/08/2017 Authors : Louise Bralsford, Jessica Gibson

Last month the Bank of England published its report detailing the results of FinTech Accelerator's third round of Proofs of Concept – the term given to denote the evidence collected from trialling FinTech products in order to establish whether they successfully address existing issues.

Senior Managers & Certification Regime: proposed changes to the existing regime News - Briefing

Date: 11/08/2017 Authors : Grania Baird, Jessica Reed

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently published a consultation paper in which it proposes to extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) to all FCA regulated firms.

Prince Harry and David Beckham: a close look at IPSO's approach to privacy News - Briefing

Date: 08/08/2017 Authors : Oliver Lock

IPSO recently published its decisions on two separate privacy complaints brought against the Mail Online : the first by Prince Harry (which was upheld) and the second by David and Victoria Beckham (which was not). The two complaints centred on different aspects of alleged intrusive photography in...

Inn the Field of Play - July 2017: The Code for Sports Governance: reforms in action News - Briefing

Date: 28/07/2017 Authors : Emily Jamieson

As the deadline fast approaches for compliance with UK Sport and Sport England's Code for Sports Governance, national governing bodies are finding themselves in the headlines as they work to implement necessary governance reforms. This month we consider British Cycling's recent vote on changes to...

Brexit: The UK's 'fair and serious' offer on citizens' rights - what does it mean for EEA nationals? News - Briefing

Date: 26/07/2017 Authors : Lee Jackson

The UK finally began its negotiations to withdraw from the EU on 19 June, almost three months after the Prime Minister triggered Article 50 on 29 March. Nearly an eighth of the two year negotiating period had by then already passed, in part due to delay caused by the UK General Election in the...

Extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime - Are you ready? News - Briefing

Date: 26/07/2017 Authors : Grania Baird, Fiona Lowrie

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its long-awaited consultation paper ( CP17/25 ) on the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification regime (SMCR). The extended regime will apply to all FCA regulated firms once it comes into force which is expected to be late next year. ...

What's in a name? Article 8 privacy rights v the principle of open justice in criminal trials News - Briefing

Date: 25/07/2017 Authors : Michael Patrick

A man who was arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse then released and never charged has been named after losing a long and costly legal battle to keep his identity secret.

Licensing Act 2003 - Hints & Tips News - Briefing

Date: 25/07/2017 Authors : Margaret Spice

The Licensing Act requires that the sale of alcohol, performance of plays, films, live or recorded music, indoor sports, boxing and wrestling, and the sale of hot food or drink after 11pm must be authorised by the local council. An application for a new Premises Licence can take up to four months...

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 .

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.

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...

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.

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