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  • Can brands benefit from an ad ban?

    Press

    25 April 2013

    As US retailer American Apparel fell foul of the Advertising Standards Authority for the third time this year after using overtly sexual imagery earlier this month, Geraint Lloyd-Taylor warns that whilst some brands may see benefit from seeing their campaigns banned, there are serious consequences.

  • Banks drop off IsdaFix panel amid rate-rigging probes

    Press

    23 April 2013

    Comments made by Owen Watkins concerning bank withdrawal from the ISDAFIX Panel, which sets the benchmark for the $379 trillion swaps market, have been published in numerous online publications.

  • To be(lly putt) or not to be(lly putt), that is the question

    Press

    22 April 2013

    Alexander Milner-Smith and Richard Berry discuss the legality of belly putters in golf in light of Adam Scott’s victory in the Masters last weekend. The two ruling bodies of golf, the US Golf Association (USGA) in the USA and the Royal and Ancient (R&A) everywhere else, had already announced prior to last week’s tournament that they propose to ban players anchoring putters to their bodies from the beginning of 2016.

  • Thorny problems

    Press

    17 April 2013

    In an article for Taxation magazine, Sara Cohen discusses the Office of Tax Simplification's proposals for unapproved share schemes.

  • Regulatory revolving door spins ever faster

    Press

    15 April 2013

    In an article for Financial News, Owen Watkins discusses the trend of financial institutions appointing former senior regulatory figures to their executive ranks. This 'revolving door' between large financial firms and the regulators that oversee them has drawn criticism from quarters who believe that such moves highlight the flawed relationship between regulator and the regulated, but Owen believes that such moves merely demonstrate that regulated firms are serious about reversing past errors, and are keen hire those most knowledgeable regarding regulatory developments.

  • Banks drop off IsdaFix panel amid rate-rigging probes

    Press

    15 April 2013

    In a Bloomberg article, Owen Watkins discusses why banks are leaving the panel that sets ISDAFix, the benchmark for the $379 trillion swaps market, as regulators probe suspected manipulation of the rate.

  • The BOA recognition licence for London 2012 suppliers

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    14 April 2013

    This inbrief looks at the background to the restrictions placed on London 2012 suppliers, considers the benefits of signing up to the British Olympic Association’s regime, and highlights some top tips to help suppliers stay within the new rules.

  • Service Charges: Qualifying Long Term Agreements

    PDF

    10 April 2013

    Registered Providers of Social Housing (“RPs”) now provide residential tenants with more services than they ever did .This has resulted in somewhat of a shift over recent years.

  • Digital product placement creates adverts out of thin air

    Press

    09 April 2013

    In an article for the BBC, Philip Hughes discusses digital product placement and warns that "ensuring legal compliance across multiple jurisdictions can be expensive, risky and time-consuming," and may outweight the benefit of any such activity.

  • Beware of lodgers' rights

    Press

    05 April 2013

    In an article for Inside Housing, Paul Hayes encourages landlords to be aware of laws concerning lodgers as the under-occupation charge, or ‘bedroom tax’, came into effect on 1 April.

  • Lewis Silkin cuts reporting time by two days a month with innovative database solution

    Press

    04 April 2013

    In a Microsoft case study, Finance Systems Manager Michael Turner discusses the various reports, charts and graphs that are produced each month in order to allow senior managers to analyse performance. Wanting to simplify the creation of reports and increase the quality of data produced, the firm decided to implement a database solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012. As a result of this new product, the finance team now saves up to two days a month on management reporting and partners can track financial metrics and staff performance in real time.

  • Penalties: the debate continues

    Press

    02 April 2013

    In an article for PLC Construction, James Levy discusses court decisions where they have been asked to consider what happens to money already paid by way of instalments in relation to a contract if the contract is rescinded and the seller retains the property that is the subject matter of the contract. In particular, James refers to Cadogan Petroleum v Global Process Systems and discusses how the case sits with other similar ones.

  • Lewis Silkin announces new partner

    Press

    02 April 2013

    Rebecca Peedell has been appointed partner in Lewis Silkin’s renowned Employment, Reward and Immigration team effective 1st April 2013.

  • Firms are getting cold feet over DBAs

    Press

    26 March 2013

    Rachel Rothwell, a regular contributor to the Law Society Gazette and editor of Litigation Funding magazine, has written an article about how 'shoddy drafting of the DBA Regulations is deterring firms from wanting to try them' and how Lewis Silkin's new product, LS ACCESS, will prove particularly useful as it is 'specifically geared towards the new alternative funding agreements'.

  • The state of migration: employing migrant workers

    Press

    21 March 2013

    Practice Development Lawyers Samar Shams and Bethan Carney, have contributed to a report for The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which explores the trends and the factors that influence employers in recruiting migrant workers. The report discusses issues such as skills shortages, the availability of UK-born workers, and ‘work ethic’.

  • Lewis Silkin launches litigation funding panel with The Judge

    Press

    19 March 2013

    Lewis Silkin has launched a litigation funding panel to help clients get cases off the ground in a move that is expected to become increasingly common following the implementation of the Jackson reforms. LS ACCESS will now provide more choice and flexibility than ever before for claimants wishing to pursue litigation, but who face either liquidity and cash-flow constraints or are keen to manage risk. The firm has entered a partnership with litigation funding broker The Judge for the launch. Funders Vannin Capital, Elite Insurance and Therium Capital Management are among the panel members.

  • Lewis Silkin gears up to offer alternative litigation funding arrangements for clients

    Press

    15 March 2013

    City law firm Lewis Silkin LLP – in partnership with leading litigation funding broker TheJudge – has announced a new solution which will allow its clients to utilise alternative fee agreements supported by third party funding and after-the-event (ATE) legal expenses insurance in order to fund litigation.

  • Are the courts moving to a more restrictive approach to exclusion clauses?

    Press

    12 March 2013

    In an article written for PLC Construction, James Levy discusses a growing trend of more restrictive approaches when it comes to construing the scope of an exclusion clause. The latest example of this can be found in the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Kudos Catering (UK) Ltd v Manchester Central Convention Complex Ltd.

  • Collective agreements and TUPE - more dynamic than you might think

    Press

    12 March 2013

    In Beerg's Global Labor newsletter, Katherine Shaw discusses the transfer of employees to another employer under TUPE.

  • Irate RBS bankers could challenge bonus clawbacks

    Press

    08 March 2013

    In an eFinancialCareers article, James Davies suggests that the investment bankers who have had their bonuses reduced, or even clawed back, in response to the breaches of others may challenge the decision as it could appear to be legally dubious. James argues that issues arise when bonus clawbacks are used as penalties rather than as recompense for damage done. RBS, which is 82 percent owned by the UK government, announced last week that it was cutting bonuses for 2012 and clawing back bonuses for previous years to cover its £390m Libor fixing fine.

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