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- Queen’s Speech unveils employment law changesThis week, the Queen unveiled the Government’s legislative programme for the new two-year Parliament. This included a number of employment law reforms, which are discussed in this briefing.
- A quick guide to asset protection for pension schemesTrustees of all scheme types need to understand the arrangements that are in place to safeguard scheme assets, and make improvements where appropriate. This guide gives an overview of the protection available.
- Legal experts comment on Queen's Speech 2017This year’s Queen's Speech comes in the wake of a general election which failed to deliver a majority government, adding to an already uncertain political and economic climate. Shoosmiths lawyers comment on the Speech.
- Making autonomous vehicles a reality - and positioning the UK as a global leaderThose involved in delivering infrastructure projects are keen to understand the impact of the new Government's revised programme and policies on the infrastructure sector. This briefing looks at what's new.
- Who provides the best service: global law firms or global legal networks?When your company looks for legal advice outside of its home jurisdiction, who provides it with the best legal advice: global law firms or global legal networks? We are conducting research into the true nature of global legal services and want to hear from you – this survey will take no more than 10 minutes […]
- National Minimum Wage: retailers under the spotlightPress and anecdotal reports suggest HMRC is particularly focusing its compliance investigations on the retail and leisure sectors, where employers who get it wrong risk being 'named and shamed'.
- Plan for 28-month Online Court pilot emerges as MR foresees live-streaming Court of AppealA 28-month pilot of the Online Court is to start next month, with HM Courts and Tribunal Service providing face-to-face assistance to the half of people signed up to it who are expected to need help with filling in forms. Meanwhile, the Master of the Rolls has suggested that physical hearings may become capable of […]
- Now SRA shuts down Asons’ successor firmThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has today shut down Bolton firm Coops Law, less than three months since it took over the practice of controversial practice Asons, which was also closed down by the regulator. The post Now SRA shuts down Asons’ successor firm appeared first on Legal Futures.
- Slipping through their fingers – mystery shopping shows law firms not following up enquiriesA ‘mystery shopping’ exercise to test law firms’ ability to communicate with customers has shown progress, yet the proportion of solicitors willing to follow up incoming calls from the public, although better than last year, was still “drastically low”. The post Slipping through their fingers – mystery shopping shows law firms not following up enquiries […]
- AI technology “transformative but carries risks”, says Slaughters reportCompany directors should consider the risks of using artificial intelligence technology so as to understand and manage their liability, according to a report by magic circle law firm Slaughter & May. AI was “the most transformative technology” of this century, it said. However, risks included AI being maliciously ‘re-purposed’. The post AI technology “transformative but […]
- High Court overturns dishonesty finding against solicitor due to “serious procedural irregularities”The High Court has overturned a finding of dishonesty made by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal against a prominent solicitor because the allegation was not tested during the hearing. The case also saw the president of the Queen’s Bench Division, Sir Brian Leveson, insist that honesty and integrity are not synonymous. The post High Court overturns […]
- Number of law firms closed down by SRA falls to 12-year lowThe number of law firms closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has fallen to its lowest point for more than a decade, as the impact of the 2008 crash finally recedes, figures released today have shown in an annual review that put into numbers the amount of work the regulator does. The post Number […]
- Grenfell Tower fire: police considering manslaughter chargesDetectives say building’s insulation and cladding tiles failed fire safety tests and they are establishing if use was illegalPolice have said they are considering manslaughter charges in relation to the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze as they revealed that the insulation and cladding tiles at the building failed safety tests.Det Supt Fiona McCormack, who is overseeing […]
- School holidays row: Isle of Wight man loses legal fight over daughter's absenceJon Platt’s legal battle over his daughter’s term-time holiday ends in disappointment – and bill of £140,000 to taxpayerA father who took his child out of school for a holiday during term time, sparking a long-running legal fight, has been found guilty of failing to secure her regular attendance.Jon Platt’s campaign had previously gone all […]
- Hong Kong's new chief: detention of booksellers in China not our concernCarrie Lam says it is not government’s place to challenge mainland over abduction and detention of city’s booksellersThe kidnapping and detention of a group of Hong Kong booksellers is of no concern to the city’s government, its new leader has said.Five booksellers associated with Hong Kong-based Mighty Current publishing were detained two years ago by […]
- North Korea denies US student Otto Warmbier was torturedPyongyang spokesman says student who was sent to US in coma was kept ‘under humanitarian conditions’ in prisonNorth Korea has accused the US of conducting a smear campaign against the regime over Otto Warmbier, the American student who was sent home in a coma after 17 months in prison.The 22-year-old, who died on 19 June […]
- EU members abstain as Britain defeated in UN vote on Chagos IslandsMauritius supported by 94 nations in move to consult The Hague over colonial hold of Indian Ocean territory by BritishThe UK has suffered a humiliating defeat at the United Nations general assembly in a vote over decolonisation and its residual hold over disputed territory in the Indian Ocean. By a margin of 94 to 15 […]
- Bill Cosby plans to teach young people how to not get accused of sexual assaultJust days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, spokespeople said the disgraced comedian will embark on ‘town halls’ about the issueJust days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, Bill Cosby wants to embark on a series of “town halls” to speak to young people about sexual assault – specifically, […]