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Brexit: Would Disruption to the Financial Industries Be Worth It?

The UK’s financial sector is heavily influenced by EU law and ensuring compliance is fundamental to the industry. Consequently, the instability and uncertainty created by Brexit is unlikely to be worth it, given how little is likely to actually change if we want to remain in the common market.

12:00, 5th August 2015
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Tories Strike a Pose Against Trade Unions

As striking rail workers stole the headlines, the Conservatives rushed to release a raft of attention grabbing proposals to save us from the chaos and supposed injustice we suffer. However by pitting the public against each other, will the Tories only damage long term employer-employee relations?

12:00, 4th August 2015
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Why Brexit May Not Be Worth It: A Competition Law Perspective

When it comes to leaving the EU and competition law, the question should not be 'what do we have to gain by leaving?', but 'what do we stand to lose?'. The EU competition regime is one of the best in the world, we'd still have to abide by it to trade with the EU, and we would have no vote in reform.

12:00, 6th July 2015
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Will Perjury Pressures Prevail for Pacquiao’s Pulled Punches?

Controversy has surrounded the Floyd Mayweather vs Pacquiao boxing match, on which $300 million was resting for the fighters alone. Non-disclosure of a serious shoulder injury later came to light, which should have been disclosed pre-fight by Pacquiao. What does the threat of perjury mean for sport?

12:00, 29th June 2015
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Hypocrisy And The Human Rights Act: Article 10

The very same media organisations that are so critical of the Human Rights Act 1998 serially utilise Article 10, the freedom of expression, to further their own causes. By using Article 10, newspapers can justify practices and actions which would otherwise be an invasion of privacy under Article 8.

12:00, 23rd June 2015
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Fiscal State Aid: EU Tax Scandals Explained

The EU Commission has launched a number of investigations into the tax arrangements between large corporations and relevant Member State tax authorities, as part of their wider clamp-down on the tax practices across the community. What is fiscal aid, and how is it allegedly 'exploited'?

12:00, 19th June 2015
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Regulating High-Frequency Trading: New EU Rules

This second part article considers incoming EU legislation which deals specifically with the problems caused by high-frequency trading. Legislation consist of an EU Regulation, in force in 2017, and a EU Directive, with an implementation deadline coinciding with the Regulation's commencement date.

12:00, 18th June 2015
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Holiday Company Liability: Greater EU Regulation Needed?

In 2006, two children died tragically of carbon monoxide poisoning after a defective boiler leaked in their Corfu holiday apartment. Last month, an inquest jury found Thomas Cook negligent, which has raised the question of whether EU regulation is sufficient - mounting pressure for harmonisation.

12:00, 9th June 2015
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Regulating High-Frequency Trading: The UK

A technological development has gone under the radar outside professional circles: high-frequency algorithmic trading. This automated method of buying and selling on the financial markets can generate huge wealth for those that utilise it, but when it goes wrong, it can bring a market to its knees.

12:00, 8th June 2015
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EU Waste Policy: The Commission’s Ambition for Circular Economies

In December 2014, the Commission announced that it was withdrawing its circular economy package and would be reissuing ‘a broader and more ambitious approach’, which looks beyond solely waste in an attempt to ‘close the loop’ on the circular economy. This is a positive move, despite opposition.

12:00, 2nd June 2015
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The Negative Impact of UK Banking Reform

There has been talking of a number of the UK's large banking institutions moving their headquarters overseas as a direct response to recent banking reform, implemented in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. What are these measures, and why are they encouraging banks to move operations abroad?

12:00, 22nd May 2015
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The Legal Mechanisms of a Greek Exit

The euro was designed to be irreversible. It was a bold move made in financially sound times; exit did not seem feasible. However, with Greece teetering on the edge of a euro zone exit, Alex Hitchcock explores the legal complexities that such a move might entail given there is no 'formal' route.

12:00, 21st May 2015
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War on Google: Vestager Strikes Back

Under Margrethe Vestager (the new Commissioner for Competition), the European Union has entered a new, dynamic era of competition law enforcement. One of her more significant first moves has been to reinstate the investigation into Google's dominance in vertical search markets, particularly shopping

14:14, 14th May 2015
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The PSC Register: Looking Behind the Corporate Veil

The Persons of Significant Control Register, due to introduced early next year, significantly changes the way in which organisations and individuals can conceal the true ownership of UK limited companies. Whilst some concessions to business were made, the PSC is a strong move for transparency.

12:00, 5th May 2015
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