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The PSC regime – a misstep in company regulation?

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Since 1 April 2016 companies have been required to hold and maintain a register of people with significant control (PSC Register). Failure to provide accurate information on the PSC Register and failure to comply with notices requiring someone to provide information are criminal offences, and may result in a fine and or a prison sentence of up to two years.

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Law Commission Valuation Report Proposals – will anything change?

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The Law Commission has published its eagerly awaited proposals on their options for reforming the law on valuation in the acquisition of the freehold of leasehold properties and lease extensions.

The Law Commission was tasked with exploring options to reduce the cost of lease extensions and freehold purchases. This not only has legal implications but also political implications as by making the process cheaper for leaseholders, freeholders could lose out.

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The end of the annual return, PSC Register – what is it and what changes were made?

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egister of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016

Since 6 April 2016, all UK companies (other than those subject to financial services requirements and certain listed companies) and LLPs have been required to keep a ‘Persons with Significant Control’ register (“Register”).

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What will 2020 hold for care providers?

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Contributing authors: James Sage and Hazel Phillips

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2019 has been a tumultuous year for social care providers, culminating in a heated general election campaign. Care providers will be looking to government for clarity and security in 2020, says the dedicated Social Care team at law firm Royds Withy King.

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Life Sciences Forum – a few reflexions

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On Thursday 14 November I attended a great event at the offices of Deutsche Bank hosted and organised by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in London.

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Creative genius by artificial intelligence – but who owns the copyright?

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Artificial intelligence, once the stuff of science fiction, is now common place in our day to day lives. This is only set to increase rapidly over the coming years, but not without a unique set of legal challenges.

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Parliament goes blue. What’s in store for business?

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Contributing authors: Olivia Coles and John North

The speculation is over. What’s in store for businesses across the UK now?

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7 ways that a Tory majority will affect employers

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Contributing authors: Abby Spittle

The votes have been counted and the decision has been made: a Conservative government will lead us into 2020, intending to make their vision of Britain’s future a reality. So what does this vision look like, and how will employers be affected?

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Election 2019: Key outtakes for the construction industry

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Contributing authors: Andrew Kuemmerle

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With the outcome of yesterday’s general election now resoundingly clear, the incoming government needs to recognise the crucial role the construction and energy sectors will have to play in driving the UK’s economic growth, and in improving standards of living in the years ahead. Issues such as housing, infrastructure and climate change will need to feature highly on the list of the government’s priorities.

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Getting a drone for Christmas? A few rules for a flying start

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Is there a drone on your, your friend’s or your child’s Christmas wish list? With the prices starting at as low as £15 for a basic model, drones are bound to be a popular gift this year. If you are a drone novice, however, you’ll need to be mindful of a few ground (pun intended) rules.

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Wearable tech – a threat to jewellers or an opportunity?

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Each year when #BlackFriday and the Christmas sales period approaches, retailers (and accordingly suppliers) are looking forward to their busiest time of the year and a return on the R&D work throughout the year. For fashion-led industries such as jewellery, seasonal variations and being ‘on trend’ can make a big difference: get it right and your product is the must have this Christmas and you’ll be ‘quids in’, but get it wrong and you’ll be in potential financial difficulty. So design is key.

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Is London still a great place to buy property?

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There is no denying that in recent times the headlines relating to the London property market have been less than positive.

Headline after headline describe the capital’s property market as ‘fragile’ and ‘stagnant’ – and yet it’s housing market is often considered the envy of every other major city in the UK (and the world). So what exactly is going on with the London property market?

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