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  • Proposed register of beneficial owners of overseas entities owning UK property – how will it affect you?

    The government proposes to create a public register of the beneficial owners of overseas entities which own property in the UK or are involved in UK government procurement. The new register will be held by Companies House and modelled on the register of persons with significant control which already applies to UK companies (the PSC register).

    The government first outlined its proposals last year. Earlier this month it issued a call for evidence, asking interested parties for their views on how the new register can best be delivered. The deadline to submit views is 5pm on Monday 15 May 2017.

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  • Employee's bad attitude justified fair dismissal

    In Adeshina v St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and others [2017] EWCA Civ 257, the Court of Appeal had to consider whether an employment tribunal was entitled to find that an employee's poor attitude to organisational change amounted to gross misconduct and justified her dismissal without notice. 

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  • Ruling requiring a mandatory offer for shares in Glasgow Rangers upheld by Takeover Appeal Board

    Rangers International Football Club Plc is the holding company of the leading Scottish football club, Glasgow Rangers. On 13 March 2017, the Takeover Appeal Board (the Board) published its decision in Rangers International Football Club Plc & Mr David Cunningham King, dismissing Mr King's appeal and upholding the prior rulings of both the Panel Executive and the Hearings Committee of the Takeover Panel that Mr King had acted in concert with three other shareholders in acquiring an aggregate holding of 34.05% of the shares in Rangers. Mr King was therefore obliged to make a mandatory offer to the remaining Rangers shareholders to purchase their shares pursuant to Rule 9.1 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (the Code). The three other shareholders were Mr George Letham, Mr George Taylor and Mr Douglas Park.

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  • Law v morality

    The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) decides financial services disputes on the basis of what is "fair and reasonable." The recent case of R (Aviva Life and Pensions) v Financial Ombudsman Service [2017] demonstrates that in deciding what is fair and reasonable, the FOS is willing to take the moral high ground rather than resolve disputes according to established legal principles.

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  • Elections – their impacts on emerging policy, legislation and decision-making

    The forthcoming local government (and metro mayor) elections on 4 May 2017 in parts of the country mean we are already in a period of 'purdah' during which some public bodies face restrictions over the type of material they can publish.

    The Prime Minister’s surprise announcement of a snap general election on 8 June 2017 means that the purdah period for the local government (and metro mayor) elections will run into the purdah period for the general election.

    Whilst the local elections were timetabled and anticipated, calling a snap election has the potential to disrupt the current Parliament's legislative activity and will place a restriction on implementing some of the key policies of the current Government. 

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