Law and regulation

Insight / Nuptial agreements: what accountants need to know

Building a strong relationship is hard work in itself, but practical issues like tax planning and legal contracts should not be ignored. Katherine Marshall and Joanne Chilton examine the different relationship scenarios that may benefit from a nuptial agreement

Insight / Pensions regulator backs down on trustee requirements

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has watered down plans to require pension scheme boards to engage a professional trustee in order to drive up standards, in the light of responses to its consultation on the future of trusteeship and governance

Insight / Legal updates: February 2020

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes considers the Duomatic principle limits, proper purpose in member register inspections and new money laundering regulations

Insight / LLPs: duties to the partnership and loss of earnings - part 2

The legal status of limited liability partnerships (LLPs) puts a heavy onus on partners but when things go wrong, mistakes can cost partners their earnings. Lydia Danon, partner at Young & Keidan, explains potential pitfalls

Insight / Partner expulsion case offers lessons to LLP firms and their partners

The recent High Court ruling on a dispute regarding the expulsion of a partner from one of the Big Four under the firm’s 2017 LLP agreement (LLPA) raises warning signs for accountancy practices. Andreas White, employment partner at Kingsley Napley, examines the ruling 

Insight / Reinforcing KYC and AML processes

Stephen Baker, senior partner at law firm Baker & Partners explains the importance of Know Your Client (KYC) regulations and how to ensure compliance

Insight / Recruitment agency’s £11k fine over pension failings

A recruitment agency and its managing director have been ordered to pay £10,890 for avoiding their automatic enrolment duties and misleading the Pensions Regulator (TPR) by falsely claiming staff had been put into a workplace pension

Insight / Nissan ex-chief Ghosn has escaped Japan

Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who is facing trial in Japan for alleged financial misconduct, fled the country on a private jet to Lebanon

Insight / Legal updates: January 2020

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes considers recovering dividend losses from auditors, shareholder consent and the Duomatic principle and shadow director fiduciary duties

Insight / Ericsson pays $1bn over US corruption charges

Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson is to pay more than $1bn (£760m) to settle bribery charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and is required to appoint an independent compliance monitor

Insight / BEIS guidance on the impact of Brexit on company law

If and when the UK leaves the EU, there will be a number of significant changes to accounting rules and company law. Sophie Brookes, partner at Gateley plc, examines the latest BEIS guidance for accountants

Insight / Legal updates: December 2019

In this month’s legal updates, Sophie Brookes, partner at Gateley plc, considers whether a signatory must see a witness sign in Wood and sponsorship rights at Liverpool FC

Insight / How to handle romantic relationships at work

After a number of high profile dismissals over work-based relationships, Beverley Sunderland, managing director of Crossland, examines what steps to take to reduce risks for firms dealing with conflicts of interest, allegations of sexual harassment and claims for unfair dismissal

Insight / Alstom UK subsidiary fined £16m over corruption charges

Alstom Network UK Ltd is to pay a total of £16.4m over corruption charges relating to a contract to supply trams in Tunisia, comprising £15m in fines and £1.4m in costs, following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)

Insight / RSM places interim managers at charities under inquiry

Karen Spears, director, and Steven Law, partner, of RSM Restructuring Advisory have been appointed as interim managers of two charities under investigation by the Charity Commission