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FCA consults on CRD IV: Are you an IFPRU or BIPRU firm?

Proposed changes to the FCA Handbook as published by the FCA in its consultation paper published on 31 July 2013.
Russian Sanctions: EU extends sanctions with more wide ranging trade restrictions imminent

The EU has further extended the list of Russian sanctions targets, bringing the total number of blacklisted parties to 87 individuals and 20 entities.

Workplace Wisdoms: Zero hour workers - free to play the field

Employment law podcast on the latest Government “ban” on zero hour contracts, and whether it really changes anything.

Patents Court considers stay claim relating to sustained release pramipexole patent

The Court has applied re-cast guidance on stays of patent proceedings, with undertakings offered by the Defendant ‘tipping the balance’ in favour of a stay.


A landmark date in the calendar for implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive passed this week and ESMA has issued a revised “Q&A” answering some crucial questions about the scope and effect of various AIFMD provisions

Patents court invalidates AGA patent based on prior disclosures in clinical trials

The Patents Court has held an AGA patent relating to its Amplatzer device is invalid on the grounds of prior disclosures during clinical trials.

Minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties in England & Wales: government consults on proposed regulations

The July 2014 consultation paper details restrictions, in force 1 April 2018, on leasing buildings in England and Wales with F- or G- rated energy performance.

Disclaimer of lease leaves landlord with large rates bill

In Schroder v Birmingham (2014), the High Court clarified who is liable for business rates in England after a tenant becomes insolvent.

Goldman's long shot

Simon Holmes, Stephen Williams and Brian O’Neil discuss competition law concerns surrounding Goldman Sach’s antitrust fine.

State measure resulting in inequality of opportunity breaches EU law, says ECJ in Greek lignite appeal

The ECJ has upheld a European Commission decision finding the Greek government’s award of mineral rights to a state-owned electricity company illegal.

UK’s CMA set to accept failing firm defence to clear phase II radioactive tracer merger

The completed acquisition of IBA Molecular (IBA) by Alliance Medical (Alliance) has been provisionally cleared at phase II by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), despite potential...

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