Entries by Lucy Watson

New Zealand Parliament passes zero carbon bill

Lawmakers in New Zealand approved a bill on Thursday that aims to reduce the country’s non-biogenetic greenhouse emissions to zero by 2050. The Zero Carbon Bill provides a framework for limiting average global temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as set forth in the Paris Agreement. The bill establishes a Climate Change Commission, […]

How Will Plans to End Free Movement Affect EU Workforce?

The Home Office has recently issued a factsheet indicating that freedom of movement as it currently stands will end on 31 October 2019 and that arrangements for people coming to the UK for longer periods for work or study will change. What does this mean in practice and how should employers prepare? A draft Immigration Bill drafted […]

Record numbers of UK lawyers register in Ireland

UK law firms have ramped up preparation for Brexit by registering a record number of solicitors in Ireland but confusion remains about how many of them will be able to practise in Ireland and the wider EU after Britain leaves. The Law Society of Ireland said its solicitors roll had received 1,560 applications in the […]

KPMG hires ex-Law Society president

Former president of the Law Society Christina Blacklaws has been appointed as legal services ambassador at Big Four accountancy KPMG as it steps up its legal services offering. Blacklaws, Law Society president from July 2018 to July 2019, will take up a part-time ‘strategic advisory role’ at the firm, helping to develop its legal practice. […]

‘Stubborn, wrongheaded’ approach to family law will fail

The federal government’s approach to family law will see it advocate again for a “bad law” to be passed by parliament, which it failed to pass in the last term, argues the Law Council president. Speaking on Monday night at the Newcastle Law Society’s Annual Members’ Dinner, LCA president Arthur Moses SC said that we […]

Disparity warning as solicitors react to prosecution fee increase

Criminal defence practitioners may have to take direct action if the government fails to fix a pay disparity that will be made worse by revised fees announced for prosecution advocates, a practitioner group chief has warned. On Friday the CPS unveiled a package of revised fees for prosecution advocates which it believes addresses concerns over unused material […]

Climate change: A City lawyer’s perspective

After Thursday’s event, ‘Climate change and the law’, senior associate Wynne Lawrence explains how Clyde & Co is helping its clients prepare for a greener future “Corporate clients are increasingly aware of the risks climate change poses to the way their businesses operate, as well as the opportunities for whole new areas of business to […]

News Article by Leaders in Law Member – Koen De Puydt

Professional Liability of Intellectual professions in the Construction Sector  Following the ten-year liability insurance for real estate projects for architects, engineering firms and contractors, which was made mandatory by the “Peeters-Borsus Law” since 1 July 2018, another insurance obligation has been introduced within the construction sector by the “Peeters-Ducarme Law” effective 1 July 2019.  The […]

City lawyers need to embrace their inner entrepreneur

Ahead of tomorrow’s event, ‘Life on the frontline of the global economy’, White & Case counsel Catherine Andrews looks back on her career in capital markets Despite fears that global economic growth is slowing, investment into emerging infrastructure markets remains buoyant. According to White & Case counsel Catherine Andrews, the demand for increased spending on […]