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By Margaret Chamberlain, Tim Lewis, Jane Tuckley
Today's £7.7 million fine on Barclays Bank plc ("Barclays"), the highest so far imposed by the FSA for retail failings, sends a clear warning to firms that shortcomings in the process of selling funds to retail investors will not be tolerated and will be subject to severe punishment.
By Caroline Edwards, Stephanie Lee
Permission to appeal has recently been granted by the Supreme Court in Jivraj v Hashwani [2010] EWCA Civ 712, a case that has caused concern over whether arbitration agreements which place restrictions on the nationality of arbitrators are valid.
By Andrew Lilley
Industrial action has come under the spotlight recently, with a spate of Tube strikes causing travel delays in London. Some trade unions have also hinted at further strikes in the public sector against spending cuts.
By Paul Stannard
Pensions Radar is a quarterly listing of expected future changes in UK law affecting work-based pension schemes.
By Margaret Chamberlain, Mark Evans, Tim Lewis, Jane Tuckley
In the words of an old saying, there is no rest for the wicked, and precious little for the righteous.
By Paul Stannard
The Government has issued a consultation on the impact on private sector occupational pension schemes of the move from RPI to CPI as the measure of price inflation (see WHiP Issues 20 and 22).
Welcome to our final monthly finance bulletin for 2010. This issue includes an overview of some recent market developments and trends in the finance sector, as well as a spotlight on Eurobonds as a refinancing alternative.
By Mahesh Varia
Today, the Government published the "majority" of the Finance Bill 2011 clauses. These may have implications for the tax treatment of employee incentives and we will publish any news of changes in a future bulletin.
By Tom Purton, Richard Brown, Siân Keall, Dan Reavill
With both the public and private sectors looking to cut costs and "do more with less", outsourcing is often seen as a solution.
Recent changes to the United Kingdom's immigration rules have made it much more difficult to employ non-European workers in the UK.
By Anthony Judge, Simon Yates
VAT rates have fluctuated over the last 2 years whereas historically they have stayed fairly constant. The standard VAT rate was 17.5% from 1991 until 2008 when, in an attempt to boost the flagging economy, the rate was lowered to 15% between 1 December 2008 and 31 December 2009.
By Paul Stannard
The Disclosure of Information Regulations are amended from 1 December 2010 to allow trustees to comply with disclosure requirements under the regulations by sending information by email and/or by reference to a website.
By Simon Yates
As part of its commitment to reform the tax policy making process, the new UK government had promised to make draft legislation available for comment much earlier than had previously been the case.
By Jeremy Walsh
Welcome to the monthly finance bulletin from our banking and corporate recovery department. We were delighted to be placed highly in the most recent Chambers and Partners directory, in particular amongst the top tier of law firms advising sponsors on banking transactions.
By Caroline Edwards, Stephanie Lee
In the recent case of Oceanbulk Shipping & Trading SA v TMT Asia Ltd and others [2010] UKSC 44, the Supreme Court has created a further exception to the general rule that communications protected by without prejudice privilege are inadmissible in court.