Probe of trial waivers
A growing tendency for governments to encourage criminal defendants to waive their right to a trial will be examined at a free event organised by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and Fair Trials on 12 October.
Logbook loans law
A draft Goods Mortgages Bill to update legislation governing so-called ‘logbook loans’ has been published by the Law Commission. The commission said it hoped the bill would be adopted as uncontroversial.
Belfast hub to mediate
Northern Ireland has become the latest jurisdiction to promote itself as a commercial mediation and arbitration centre with the opening of a purpose-built resolution centre located in Belfast landmark The Boat.
Commercial litigation and international arbitration specialist Matthew Wescott has joined London firm Carter-Ruck as a partner, in a move the firm said underlines its expansion into commercial dispute resolution.
Tax powers in force
New powers introduced under the Criminal Finances Act 2017, including the new corporate offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion, came into force on 30 September.
Housebuilder Bovis Homes is outsourcing its legal services to national firm Davies and Partners, with 25 members of the in-house team moving to the law firm’s land and development departments.