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Interpreting five key recommendations of the Independent Fan-Led Review of Football Governance
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

  In May 2021, the UK Government commissioned an independent, fan-led review of football governance in England following three “crisis events”. The report has thus far received a varied reception. Some have welcomed its recommendations, and believe that they will bring about much needed reform of the current model of football governance...

Farmers caught out by GAEC requirements
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

 I have recently been advising a farmer in relation to an appeal against a department penalty imposed for an alleged breach of GAEC (Good Agricultural Environmental Conditions). These are the conditions farmers claiming agricultural support payments must comply with, and which are designed to safeguard soils, habitats and landscape features on agricultural land. A breach of GAEC can lead to financial penalties being imposed on the farmer...

Breaking a contractual hierarchy of dispute resolution processes
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

The Court of Session has considered whether court proceedings can be raised to interrupt time bar, despite a contractual provision requiring adjudication before litigation.   The issue Construction contracts often provide a hierarchy of dispute resolution processes. Before a party is permitted to litigate (or arbitrate), it is often required to attempt to resolve the dispute through another method (or methods) of dispute resolution...

The uneasy relationship between adjudication and insolvency
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

The recent case of John Doyle Construction (JDC) v Erith Contractors Limited provides two lessons for the construction sector concerning the enforcement of adjudicators’ decisions by companies in liquidation. First, “clear, evidenced, and unequivocal security” is necessary before enforcement is possible. Second, where a solvent and paying party asserts set-off and counter-claims, enforcement is prohibited in most circumstances...

How long do you have to make a claim in a contentious executry matter?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

Certain claims in contentious executry matters, such as challenging a will, must be made within a specific time period. Where a dispute arises, seeking legal advice about the relevant time period at the earliest opportunity is of fundamental importance.  In Scots law, the loss of a claim due to the passage of time is known as prescription and is presently governed by the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973...

Changes to the director disqualification regime – what directors need to know
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Act 2021 received Royal Assent on 15 December 2021.  The Act implements changes to the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (the CDDA). Importantly, it will allow the Insolvency Service to investigate the conduct of directors of dissolved companies.  What is the current position? The CDDA allows the Insolvency Service to investigate the conduct of directors of insolvent companies...

Transition plans: key to businesses achieving net zero
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

 How will the UK become a Net Zero-aligned Financial Centre? Last month, the UK Government announced that the UK was to be the world’s first Net Zero-aligned Financial Centre. The Institute for Government defines “net zero” as “a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere”...

Hamilton, Verstappen and the rule of law
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

It makes for great entertainment if a competition comes down to the last few minutes. So a dramatic final race in Abu Dhabi should have been the finishing flourish for a Formula One season that has been one of the closest in years, with Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen fighting it out for the championship. Instead, the last lap generated huge controversy after a decision by the Race Director to allow some cars to unlap themselves, and order the safety car in immediately...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Updates December 2021 (2)
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2022

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends, We are pleased to bring you the latest legal updates for December 2021...

2022 predictions – Employment Law Changes on the Horizon
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

If 2020 marked the beginning of the pandemic, 2021 was the year it became fully imbedded in our personal and working lives. What does 2022 have in store? For the pandemic, only time will tell, but when it comes to employment law things are a little clearer. Employment Bill Perhaps unsurprisingly, the long-awaited Employment Bill did not progress in 2021...

Follow the Money: Rolling Out the New Shared Ownership Lease in 2022
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2022

Almost one year into the new funding round for English affordable housing, we consider how the new Homes England shared ownership lease may affect living sector stakeholders. What’s happened to shared ownership leases? April 2021 heralded a major change to shared ownership (‘SO’) leases in England. Following a consultation process, Homes England released a new suite of model SO leases...

A Tale Of Two Cases: Lessons In No-Poach Litigation, Law360
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, January 2022

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Oregon Supreme Court Holds Hydroelectric Water Rights Automatically Convert to Permanent Instream Water Rights after Five Years of Nonuse for Hydroelectric Purposes
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

The Oregon Supreme Court recently reversed a decision of the Oregon Court of Appeals and determined that the lease of a vested hydroelectric water right to the state for instream uses did not qualify as the “use of water under a hydroelectric water right” under Oregon Revised Statute 543A.305(3). WaterWatch v. Oregon Water Resources Department, 369 Or. 71 (2021) (hereafter referred to as Warm Springs Hydro, after intervenor respondent Warm Springs Hydro LLC)...

Upcoming Events and Deadlines for OSHA Large Employer ETS
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

There are several upcoming events and deadlines that are relevant to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) “large employer” emergency temporary standard (the “ETS”), which require businesses with 100 or more employees to adopt a policy that either (1) requires all employees to be vaccinated, unless otherwise entitled to a medical, disability, or religious accommodation, or (2) requires all unvaccinated employees to be maske

Interplay of the Cares Act's Forbearance Framework and Regulation X's Loss Mitigation Rules
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2022

[!<CDATA[ On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).1 Shortly thereafter, to assist consumers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).2 Although the law provides relief to various industries and populations of United States citizens, for mortgage loan borrowers, the CARES Act established a streamlined forbearance framework...

Maritime Industry Ready and Fit for 55 – vol. 3: Revision of the Energy Taxation Directive
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2022

The Fit for 55-package To achieve EU’s Paris climate goals, the EU Commission presented in December 2019 the European Green Deal, including a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) and become carbon neutral by 2050...

Year in Review 2021: Intellectual Property Rights
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2022

Media DNS-blocking of gaming sites proposal The Ministry of Culture submitted a proposal on 21 September 2021, which seeks to give the Norwegian Gambling Authority cause to force ISPs to enforce DNS blocking of unlicensed gaming sites that market their services to Norwegian players...

Esther’s Law Allows Surveillance in Ohio Nursing Homes
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2022

On Dec. 22, 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed “Esther’s Law,” allowing long-term care residents to install and use video cameras and recording devices in their rooms. The law is named for Esther “Mitzi” Piskor, who was a victim of elder abuse at a nursing home in Cleveland. Esther’s Law is intended to combat elder abuse and neglect and will likely lead to increased enforcement actions against Ohio nursing homes and long-term care facilities...

Cambodia: New Prakas on Formalities of Certification Work of Architectural Design and Structural Design
DFDL, January 2022

The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (“MLMUPC”) issued a new Prakas No. 109 on 22 November 2021 on the Formalities for Certification Work of Architectural Design and Structural Design (“Prakas 109”). The purpose of this Prakas 109 is to regulate the formalities of inspection and certification works in order to implement the Sub-Decree No...

Chilean Financial Market Commission Opens Public Consultation on Regulation of Fees on Money Lending Operations
Carey, January 2022

In compliance with the mandate set forth in Article 19 ter of Law No. 18,010 (the "Money Lending Operations Act"), incorporated therein by Law No. 21...

Preventive Compliance Plans in Consumer Law Matters: A Tool to be Considered in Data Protection Issues
Carey, January 2022

The possibility of having, in the short term, a new statute on personal data protection, which updates the current regulation of Law No. 19,628 on the protection of private life, is rather unlikely. Bulletin 11144-07, which modifies said Law, remains at the initial legislative stage in the Chamber of Origin, therefore it is not feasible to foresee the approval of this bill in the medium term. On the other hand, the recent publication of Law No...

Ministry of Finance's Press Release on Foreign Source Income and Stamp Duty on Contract Notes
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2022

The Finance Bill 2021 has recently been passed in Parliament and gazetted on 31 December 2021 (“FA”). One of the FA amendments, which takes effect from 1 January 2022, is that only income arising from sources outside Malaysia and received in Malaysia by any person who is not tax-resident in Malaysia, would be tax exempt...

Tax Updates December 2021 (SyCipLaw Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) International Edition Vol. 4)
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, January 2022

SyCipLaw’s Tax Department has prepared an international edition of its Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for the last quarter of 2021. Please read the full text at https://tinyurl.com/SyCipLaw-DecTIPS-Int-Vol4-2 or https://tinyurl.com/SyCipLaw-DecTIPS-Int-Vol4-3. The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S - International Edition covers the top 10 tax issues of 2021: March 2021 1...

Year in Review 2021: Corporate and M&A
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2022

Gap between buyers’ and sellers’ valuation In the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transactions market slowed down, and many drew similarities to the M&A and IPO markets in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008. In March 2020, many deals were aborted or shelved as buyers’ and sellers’ price expectations did not meet. The uncertainty of the pandemic led to the traditional tools for bridging valuation gaps between parties being rendered useless...

Eligible Uses of CARES Act Funds for Compliance and Management Expenses in 2022
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, January 2022

Although the deadline for “incurring” CARES Act funds has passed, Alaska Native Corporations can still use CARES Act funds to pay for administrative and compliance related expenditures in 2022, including staff time spent administrating programs and CARES Act expenses incurred by December 31, 2022. According to U.S...

 

 

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