Law and regulation

Insight / Bank switching to be easier after CMA accepts proposals

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has accepted proposals from Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd (Bacs) committing it to delivering easier bank switching within a year

Insight / Rolls-Royce to pay £671m over bribery charges

FTSE 100 engineering group Rolls-Royce is to pay £671m to settle a string of bribery charges, including a £497m deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), which is due to be approved in court today

Insight / Charity Commission tightens regulatory approach

The Charity Commission is to focus on promoting compliance by charity trustees with their legal obligations and enhancing the rigour with which it holds charities accountable in its new regulatory approach, released today

Insight / Letters of engagement: tips and advice

When signing up a new client, it is mandatory for accountancy practices to produce letters of engagement setting out the terms of the business agreement and contracted services. CCH Daily provides tips and advice on writing effective engagement letters to avoid unnecessary client disputes

Insight / Brexit: rights for EU citizens working in the UK

Following the Brexit vote, many employers remain uncertain on the future implications of recruiting workers from EU countries. Stuart Chamberlain, employment law specialist, Wolters Kluwer, explores the issues around EU citizens working in the UK and vice versa

Insight / Lifetime giving: when is a gift not a gift?

The legal concept of 'undue influence' can be used to set aside lifetime gifts but this is a complex area of the law and wrongdoing by the recipient does not have to be proved. Sarah Young, partner at Ridley & Hall Solicitors gives a snapshot of the arguments in play

Insight / EU plans tighter controls to tackle money laundering

The EU Council is pushing the European Parliament to introduce tougher rules to tackle money laundering with the launch of a draft directive

Insight / Harlequin wins £9.2m damages case against Wilkins Kennedy

Hotel and property developer Harlequin has been awarded $11.6m (£9.2m) in damages from top 20 firm Wilkins Kennedy after a High Court ruling

Insight / Q&A: drafting a zero hours contract

Zero-hours contracts are controversial, with views polarised on both sides of the argument. While they give employers flexibility when hiring, there is no guarantee of regular work for the employee on such a contract. Here we provides tips and advice on what to include in a zero hours contract

Insight / HSBC fined €485m for financial benchmark fix

The European Commission has fined HSBC, Crédit Agricole and JPMorgan Chase a total of €485m (£413m) for participating in a cartel in euro interest rate derivatives in the final stage of an investigation into alleged fixing of the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) benchmark

Insight / Government to review gig economy

The government has begun a review of modern labour market practices with a regional tour visiting different sectors, as part of a bid to examine whether there need to be changes to the tax and legal systems to match new ways of working and ‘disruptive’ business models

Accounting / Legal updates: December 2016

In this month's legal updates, experts at law firm Gateley plc consider breach of duty leading to forfeiture of partnership share in Hosking EWHC 2418 (Ch), the impact of the Criminal Finance Bill on accountants working on mergers and acquisitions, and the impact of the Uber driver ruling on employment arrangements in Aslam 

Insight / Scotland introduces Bankruptcy Act to streamline insolvency rules

Scotland’s Bankruptcy Act 2016, which brings together previous Scottish insolvency legislation, comes into force today with the updated Bankruptcy Regulations being introduced along with the Act

Insight / Q&A: time off for jury service

When an employee is called up for jury service, what are the implications for the employer and what are the cost implcations for both the juror and the business. Croner-i experts consider the question: can I avoid losing the employee for this period and what are your legal obligations?

Insight / Charity Commission inquiry into Our Local Heroes Foundation

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Our Local Heroes Foundation, over concerns about potential misconduct and financial mismanagement and the charity’s failure to act on the findings of an earlier compliance investigation which found evidence of very low levels of charitable expenditure, with fundraising costs at 80%