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Arbitrator appointed on multiple related cases was not biased, court finds

2 hours 27 min ago
The English and Welsh Court of Appeal (CoA) has dismissed a claim that an arbitrator who accepted multiple appointments from one party in an arbitration would be biased as a result.

Global companies lacking GDPR oversight of sub-contractors

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 17:28
The majority of global companies admit that they do not have appropriate oversight of third parties and sub-contractors despite the imminent implementation of new data protection regulations.

Councils to be handed powers to double council tax on empty homes

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:49
The UK government is introducing legislation designed to bring empty homes back into use by empowering councils to raise the amount of tax they can charge.

Change in status for Northern Ireland registered housing associations

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:37
ANALYSIS: The legal status of registered housing associations in Northern Ireland has changed this month following the entry into force of legislation intended to move the legal position for mutual societies in Northern Ireland closer to that in England and Wales.

No change to substantive competition and state aid rules after Brexit

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:51
The government has no plans to make "fundamental changes" to its competition law framework, including to concurrency arrangements, beyond the changes that are necessary to ensure the continued functioning of UK law after Brexit, it said.

MPs: no-deal Brexit would be disaster for food and drink industry

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:03
The UK’s processed food and drink sector would be significantly damaged if the government is unable to secure agreement over future regulation and trade with the EU after Brexit, a House of Commons committee has said.

Trade marks: evidence of acquired distinctiveness can be extrapolated, says EU court adviser

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:01
Brand owners seeking to prevent their EU trade marks from being revoked may not need to provide evidence from every EU country that those marks have acquired distinctive character, an adviser to the EU's highest court has said.

Insurer must compensate solicitor whose clients it induced to settle

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:21
An insurer which offered to settle directly with personal injury claimants who had filed notices of their claims on the Road Traffic Accidents Portal (RTA Portal) must compensate the claimants' solicitors, who would otherwise have been entitled to costs by virtue of a conditional fee agreement (CFA).

Supreme Court ‘negotiating damages’ for restrictive covenant breaches

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 15:14
Damages awarded to the owners of a care business for the breach by their former business partners of a non-compete clause and other restrictive covenants should be calculated based on their actual financial loss, rather than hypothetical 'negotiating damages', the UK's highest court has ruled.

PPI deadline driving up financial complaints

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:36
The 2019 deadline for complaints related to mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) is driving up the number received by firms, which have increased to their highest level in more than four years.

Scottish Land Commission to develop compulsory sale order power

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:24
The Scottish Land Commission has begun development work on a new compulsory sale order (CSO) power, which would enable local authorities in Scotland to require the sale of derelict buildings or small plots of land.

Spain lags behind on PSD2 implementation

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:41
Legislation has still to be adopted in Spain to implement the EU's second Payment Services Directive (PSD2).

Ansip sees opportunity for EU to shape global cyber standards

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:22
The EU and US have an opportunity to "set a global standard" for security of devices if they work together, a senior EU official has said.

Brexit and cyber attacks threaten EU financial system, say regulators

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:15
Brexit and cyber attacks are two of the "key risks to the EU financial system", the joint committee of the EU supervisory authorities (ESAs) has said.

Appeal court: landlord withholding planning consent was unreasonable

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:46
A commercial landlord acted unreasonably by withholding from a tenant its consent to apply for planning permission to change the use of the middle two storeys of a building from commercial to residential, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Tackling the financial services gender pay gap

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:07
ANALYSIS: The gender pay gap at UK financial services firms significantly exceeds the national average, according to the results of the first statutory gender pay gap reporting exercise.

Environmental law in Germany

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:06
Environmental protection has been defined as a state objective ( Staatsziel ) in the German Constitution ( Grundgesetz ) since 1994. It provides that legislature, government and all public bodies shall strive to safeguard the environment and natural resources for the benefit of future generations. This objective is also embodied in all constitutions of the 16 states ( Bundesländer ).

MEPs back new measures towards 'near zero-energy buildings'

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:00
Proposed new EU legislation backed by MEPs earlier this week highlight "the importance of energy efficiency improvements in the efforts to decarbonise our economy", a specialist in commercial contracts in the energy market has said.

US court drops long-running data access case involving Microsoft

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:15
A long-running case over whether US authorities have a right to access data stored outside of the country has been brought to an end.

UK to review 'role and powers' of corporate governance regulator

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:51
A comprehensive review of the "governance, impact and powers" of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the UK's regulator of auditors, accountants and actuaries and guardian of the UK Corporate Governance Code, has been announced by the government.