Tide of change in employer and public liability claims in Scotland | Brodies

Legal Briefing

Employer and Public Liability claims are top of the agenda for many finance directors. With their impact on insurance premiums, deductibles and absenteeism levels, it is easy to see why. In particular, small and medium-sized businesses can pay a significant percentage of their turnover on employer and public liability insurance, in already straitened times.


Risks following a product recall, part 1: disclosure and freedom of information requests | Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Legal Briefing

Following a product recall, there are a number of risks to a business that the directors, senior staff and the legal team should be aware of from the outset and may need to address long after the initial recall. The dissemination of documents created during a product recall poses a real threat to a company …

Sins of the father | Macfarlanes

Legal Briefing

It is a well-established principle of company law that a company has a separate legal personality from its members (Salomon v A Salomon & Co Ltd [1897]). In certain limited circumstances, such as where the corporate structure has been used for the purposes of a fraud or as a device to avoid an existing contractual …

A taste of home: the issue of imitative businesses in the United Arab Emirates | Rouse

Legal Briefing

The Gulf region still represents a growing, often untapped, market for international consumer-facing brands. This is particularly true of the most open and accessible of all Gulf markets – the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE occupies a unique position halfway between Asia and the markets of Africa and Europe. In a very short period …

Wrongful trading, the benchmark for directors’ duties: recent developments | Druces LLP

Legal Briefing

The wrongful trading provisions of the Insolvency Act 19861 were introduced following the recession of the early 1980s, having been previewed in the Cork Report. Although new to English law in 1986, the concept of wrongful trading has not resulted in a plethora of cases against directors reaching court. Nevertheless, it remains significantly important, especially …

For better or worse, until UKBA do us part? New immigration rules announced 9 July 2012 | Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Legal Briefing

As part of the government efforts to reduce net migration to sustainable levels, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced significant changes to the Immigration Rules, which came into force from 9 July 2012. It is estimated that the new rules will prevent up to 18,500 people annually from coming to join family members in …

The importance of assessing the potential regulatory risk arising from legal proceedings: lessons learned from the Anthony Verrier Decision Notice | Eversheds Sutherland

Legal Briefing

On 16 May 2012, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) announced that it had decided to ban Anthony Verrier, a senior executive at BGC Brokers LP (BGC), from performing a controlled function in the financial services industry. The FSA banned Mr Verrier because it believes that he is not a fit and proper person due to …