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950 Years Young: News - Briefing

Date: 23/04/2018 Authors : Charles Anderson

Charles Anderson provides a brief history of the City of London's property market as well as an overview of the city's planned developments and restrictions in STEP Journal, Vol 26, Issue 3. This article was first published in the 10 April edition of STEP Journal, Vol 26, Issue 3, and is reproduc...

The current proposals for replacement of LIBOR - can we see clearly now? News - Briefing

Date: 17/04/2018 Authors : Marc Glancy, Suzanne Conticelli

Following the much publicised LIBOR manipulation scandal, the reform of LIBOR has been a key focus for the Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA ) and other financial regulators in key financial markets. Notwithstanding reforms to the calculation and submission process for LIBOR implemented in...

Rural Estates Newsletter Spring 2018 News - Briefing

Date: 09/04/2018 Authors : James Maxwell

Running in the park this morning, for some reason I found myself reminiscing about the film, Dead Poets Society, in which Robin Williams plays John Keating, an unorthodox English teacher, who inspires pupils of a bleak and authoritarian school to think imaginatively, to challenge conventions and,...

Inn the Field of Play - March 2018: When might an athlete claim constructive dismissal? News - Briefing

Date: 05/04/2018 Authors : David Hunt

It is well established, under English law, that a duty of trust and confidence will be implied into all employment contracts. Where an employer does breach this implied term, the employee can then, provided they do not delay and thereby waive any breach , resign with immediate effect and treat...

The right to be forgotten, rehabilitated, and to know: two important cases against Google News - Briefing

Date: 05/04/2018 Authors : Alicia Mendonca

In February and March this year, two prominent trials took place regarding the "right to be forgotten": NT1 v Google LLC [2018] and NT2 v Google LLC [2018]. Both cases concern claimants with spent convictions seeking to prevent Google from listing information about their past criminal convictions...

The Register of Beneficial Ownership of UK Property – Further Developments News - Briefing

Date: 04/04/2018 Authors : Anthony Turner

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a call for evidence in April 2017 on its proposal to introduce a register of beneficial ownership of overseas companies (and other legal entities) which own property in the United Kingdom.

The increasing popularity of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and the UK regulatory perspective News - Briefing

Date: 22/03/2018 Authors : Andy Peterkin, Louise Bralsford, Fiona Lowrie

The messaging app operator Telegram has been hitting the headlines with news of its second tranche of fundraising ahead of its upcoming initial coin offering (ICO) this year.

Distributed Ledger Technology: FCA publishes Feedback Statement FS 17/4 News - Briefing

Date: 22/03/2018 Authors : Andy Peterkin, Nandini Sur, Fiona Lowrie

On 15 December 2017 the FCA published Feedback Statement 17/4 ( FS 17/4 ) on Discussion Paper 17/03 in relation to Distributed Ledger Technology. FS 17/4 is of particular interest to those who are already operating in the FinTech and RegTech space as well as to existing financial services firms...

The General Data Protection Regulation and Children: The Information Commissioner's draft guidance News - Briefing

Date: 21/03/2018 Authors : Owen O'Rorke, Rachel Holmes

In this latest General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ) consultation , the Information Commissioner ( ICO ) has its sights set on organisations that handle the personal data of minors. 

Residential Development - a window of opportunity News - Briefing

Date: 21/03/2018 Authors : James Maxwell

The housing crisis has been in the news again with the government promising a crack down on 'landbanking' developers who "just sit on land and watch its value rise". 

Calculating holiday pay for term-time only workers News - Briefing

Date: 19/03/2018 Authors : Robert Lewis

A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case has provided guidance about the way in which schools should calculate holiday pay for term-time workers. If you pay holiday pay for term-time or casual workers at a rate of 12.07% of a term's pay, this decision could have a potentially significant impact o...

Breaking news: safeguarding amendment to Data Protection Bill News - Briefing

Date: 15/03/2018 Authors : Owen O'Rorke

The adoption of certain new amendments by the House of Commons this week is a hugely promising development for child protection and adult safeguarding professionals.

Comings and Goings in Export Licensing News - Briefing

Date: 14/03/2018 Authors : James Carleton

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

Charity Authorised Investment Fund (CAIF) - the new investment vehicle for the charity sector News - Briefing

Date: 13/03/2018 Authors : Grania Baird, Julian Smith

The charities investment market is a substantial one with the top 10 investment firms serving the market managing just over £32 billion of assets for nearly 1600 charities [1] .

New Telecommunications Code might cause difficulties for developers News - Briefing

Date: 01/03/2018 Authors : Helen White

Long considered to be complex, anachronistic and in need of reform, the old Telecommunications Code has been repealed and replaced by a new Code which applies to all agreements entered into on or after 28 December 2017. The new Code applies to agreements entered into prior to such date subject to...

Property Development in the Middle East News - Briefing

Date: 06/03/2018 Authors : Hannah Sissons

Some developers are starting to explore opportunities in overseas markets, such as the Middle East.

The Growing Threat of Japanese Knotweed News - Briefing

Date: 05/03/2018 Authors : Andrew Wade

Back in 1850, visitors to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, could admire a new species   Japanese knotweed. Favoured by Victorian gardeners, partly because it looked like bamboo, its use spread rapidly.

Louboutin: no more protection for red soled shoes? News - Briefing

Date: 01/03/2018 Authors :

Christian Louboutin's iconic red soles have come under threat as an Advocate General of the European Court of Justice advised in a recent opinion that Louboutin's trade mark protection for the colour red in connection with a shoe sole may be invalid.

Blockchain- what charities need to know about distributed ledger technology News - Briefing

Date: 28/02/2018 Authors : Suzanne Conticelli, Fiona Lowrie, Bethan Waters

"Blockchain", "bitcoin" and "fintech" are buzzwords that are spilling out of the City and the finance sphere and into our daily lives. Here we examine what blockchain is, how it works and what potential advantages there are for the charity sector. Of course with any new development, there are als...

Charity Commission announcement on the Presidents Club – refusing or returning donations News - Briefing

Date: 28/02/2018 Authors : Rachel Holmes

In the wake of the furore surrounding the Presidents Club annual dinner, the Commission has issued advice to charities that have received donations from the Presidents Club Charitable Trust and are unsure whether to accept or retain them.

New Telecoms Code for charities News - Briefing

Date: 28/02/2018 Authors : Philip Reed

The long-awaited revised Electronic Communications Code came into force on 28 December 2017 and applies to all agreements entered into on or after such date. Charities with such equipment installed on their land should take note of the new regime as it makes some significant changes. Even...

The new Annual Return – what information will trustees need to provide? News - Briefing

Date: 28/02/2018 Authors : Rachel Holmes

Following last year's consultation on the 2018 annual return, the Commission has created The Charities (Annual Return) Regulations 2017 (the Regulations ) and published a report on the consultation .  What follows is a summary of the changes and the Commission's reasons for introducing them. The...

Automatic disqualification of trustees – the Commission's advice to charities on the new rules News - Briefing

Date: 28/02/2018 Authors : Rachel Holmes

Under the Charities Act 2011 (and its predecessors), a person can be automatically disqualified from acting as a charity trustee if they have committed certain offences or are in circumstances that Parliament has decided are incompatible with charity trusteeship. For instance, a person who has be...

The General Data Protection Regulation and Children: The Information Commissioner's draft guidance News - Briefing

Date: 28/02/2018 Authors : Owen O'Rorke, Rachel Holmes

In this latest General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ) consultation, the Information Commissioner ( ICO ) has its sights set on organisations that handle the personal data of minors. Given the variety of organisations that deal with children within the charity sector alone, producing...

Is it a grant or payment for a taxable supply? HMRC replaces its VAT guidance News - Briefing

Date: 28/02/2018 Authors : Charlotte Black, Rachel Holmes

One of the more complex tax issues charities face is working out whether the funding they receive – be it from a grant-making foundation or a public authority – is a grant or a payment for services for which they need to charge VAT. Getting it wrong, either one way or the other, can be expensive.

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