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Legal Updates & Insights

  • article

    EU Commission guidance - climate proofing infrastructure

    Commission adopts new guidance on how to climate-proof future infrastructure projects.

    Environmental & Planning
  • publication

    Are your environmental claims sustainable?

    Businesses everywhere are facing significant pressure from customers and investors to reduce their environmental impact. Many are responding to this demand by making significant changes to the way they source and manufacture products and deliver services.

    Disputes
  • article

    Applications can now be made for COVID related extensions to planning permissions

    The Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 3) Act 2021 was expedited through the legislative process in June and July 2021 and was signed by the President on 10 July 2021.

    Environmental & Planning
  • article

    An extension of PPE to all workers?

    Changes to Great Britain's health and safety regulations in the workplace are on the horizon. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently concluded a consultation on proposed changes to the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (the PPE Regulations).

    Health & Safety
  • audio

    The Corporate Enforcement Authority: New corporate watchdog set to be created within months

    On 3 September 2021, the Government published the long-anticipated Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill.

    White Collar Crime
  • publication

    Liquor Licensing Reforms: Extended trading hours and the removal of restrictions at Easter

    Northern Ireland's liquor licensing legislation has undergone significant reform with the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill 2021 receiving Royal Assent on 26 August 2021.

    Betting, Gaming & Liquor Licensing Belfast
  • Article

    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Funds Aug 2021

    Domestically, the CBI issued details of its deadlines for investment funds seeking authorisation/ approval prior to year-end; At European level, the European Commission adopted and published two 'quick-fix' proposals to amend the PRIIPs Regulation and to amend the UCITS Directive.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • Article

    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Insurance Aug 2021

    Domestically, the Central Bank of Ireland publishes Regulatory Service Standards Performance Report; At European level, the Legislation forming part of the European Commission's work on sustainable finance published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

    Financial Regulation
  • Article

    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Investment Firms Aug 2021

    Domestically, the CBI issued a Feedback Statement on the consultation on enhancements to the CBI Client Asset Requirements; At European level, the EBA published its review on the prudential assessment of qualifying holdings, updated the mapping between the ITS on Pillar 3 disclosures and the ITS on supervisory reporting.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
  • Article

    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - General Cross Sectoral Aug 2021

    Domestically, the Governor of the CBI, Gabriel Makhlouf gave an interview discussing economic recovery after the COVID pandemic; At European level, the EBA is holding a consultation on the new Guidelines on AML/CFT Compliance Officers and published its AML/CFT Newsletter.

    Finance
  • Article

    Financial Services Regulation and Compliance - Banking Aug 2021

    Domestically, the CBI announced the appointment of a new Director of Consumer Protection; At European level, the EBA published the outcome for banks that participated in the 2021 EBA EU-wide stress test and published amended technical standards on resolution planning reporting.

    Finance
  • article

    Legal action ‘very difficult’ for staff who fall sick in the office

    Many of State’s biggest employers to demand staff attend office at least some of the time

    Employment