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- Payments innovation and competition in retail banking services stay high on FCA agenda for 2018Driven by payments innovation and new regulation, 2018 is cited as the year for some of the most significant changes retail banking has seen.
- Bitcoin surpasses $10,000 for the first time – will there be a regulatory response?With Bitcoin breaking through the $10,000 barrier, regulatory focus on FinTech – which was already increasing in intensity – is likely to get even more intense.
- FT reveals gaps in Gender Pay Gap ReportingWomble Bond Dickinson's equal pay expert Lorraine Heard believes that the problem is more serious than the FT investigation reveals.
- Duty to give reasonsThe Supreme Court has clarified the circumstances in which a local planning authority must give reasons for the grant of a planning permission.
- The Trade Bill - UK trade policy following BrexitThe Government wants the UK to resume an independent trade policy post-Brexit. The Bill is one of the first steps in putting that independent trade policy into effect.
- Employment contracts: Review of the yearShoosmiths looks back over the significant contract cases of the year as well as looking forward to the next big change in store for employment contracts.
- Court of Appeal finds firm negligent for failing to warn over risk of tax avoidance schemeA firm of solicitors should have warned a client of the significant risk that a tax avoidance scheme would not withstand a challenge from HM Revenue & Customs, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The client ended up having to pay £11.3m to settle with HMRC and issued proceedings against his solicitors the same month. […]
- BME graduates “half as likely” to obtain pupillages as white peersGraduates from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds are half as likely to obtain pupillages as their white peers, research for the Bar Standards Board has found. A second report found that the Bar was still viewed as “an elite, white, male-dominated profession with long-established traditions”. The post BME graduates “half as likely” to obtain […]
- Solicitor who “outrageously plundered” assets of elderly client struck offA solicitor who stole more than £300,000 of his elderly and disabled client’s money using a secret bank account has been struck off. He was found have committed the “outrageous plundering” of his client’s assets in a particularly “deplorable” case of dishonest conduct. The post Solicitor who “outrageously plundered” assets of elderly client struck off […]
- ABS brings non-legal services in-house as “unique selling point in crowded market”A law firm has relaunched itself as a multi-disciplinary alternative business structure, offering corporate clients legal, accountancy, and business advisory services, with human resources advice set to follow. Its head said being able to offer SMEs more than legal services was a “unique selling point” in a crowded legal marketplace. The post ABS brings non-legal […]
- Supreme Court to examine proof needed in solicitors’ negligence caseThe Supreme Court is to review what needs to be proved when a solicitor is sued for failing to advise a client of a potential claim, in the latest of a raft of cases involving Raleys, the controversial but now defunct Barnsley law firm that acted for thousands on miners. The post Supreme Court to […]
- Innovation by general counsel brings “massive savings in lawyer time”Efficiency innovations implemented by in-house counsel at just five big companies – such as artificially intelligent (AI) contract review – have brought annual savings totalling more than half a million hours of lawyer time, according to new guide. Similar savings were being made by legal departments in thousands of other companies globally, it said, driving […]
- Trump is securing a right-wing takeover of the US court system | Paul ButlerPushing the judicial system to the right has been the objective of every Republican president since Ronald Reagan. Now Trump is doing itDonald Trump has nominated an unprecedented number of judges to federal courts since his appointment. These are making steady progress through the Senate confirmation process and yet they have escaped the sort of […]
- It's not asking the earth for independent watchdog to fill EU gapMichael Gove must deliver on his promise to give ‘the environment a voice’ to ensure short-term politics do not interfere with the natural worldMichael Gove has raised the stakes for those of us determined to see a world-class environment for the UK. The environment secretary has vowed that the government will establish a “new, world-leading […]
- Donald Trump's accusers demand Congress investigate sexual misconduct claimsWomen who accused Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior say lawmakers should extend same scrutiny to the president that they did to Al FrankenA group of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior on Monday demanded that Congress open an investigation. Related: The sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump – the full list […]
- NHS trust treating brain-damaged boy gets anonymity over abuse fearsCharlie Gard case sparks harassment concerns as doctors at unnamed trust in the Midlands seek to turn off life supportBosses at an NHS hospital trust who wanted to stop providing life-support treatment to a brain-damaged baby boy recently won an anonymity fight after telling a high court judge that medics might be harassed by members […]
- Shortfalls in strategy to fight economic crime | LettersAmber Rudd’s announcement of a new national economic crime centre for the UK fails to address glaring holes, say the representatives of four organisationsThe new national economic crime centre is to be welcomed but the home secretary’s announcement (Report, 11 December) fails to address glaring holes. Large companies that commit economic crimes cannot be held […]
- In Turkey, academics asking for peace are accused of terrorism | Judith Butler and Başak ErtürA petition asking Turkey to end violence against Kurds has been distorted by the president’s regime – and its signatories vilified. We must rally behind themLast week the trials began in Istanbul of those who signed the Academics for Peace petition in January 2016. A total of 148 trials are scheduled through to May 2018, […]