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Compliance with the Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct (PD PAC) remains important for litigants. The delays that may otherwise be incurred whilst a matter is stayed or the sanctions that are applied may be substantial.
As highlighted through the FCA Business Plan and recent consultations, operational resilience is a high priority on the FCA's agenda and has been given even greater significance in light of Covid-19. The FCA will be expecting firms to reflect and learn lessons about their operational resilience during Covid-19. So what lessons might firms have learnt about operating during a crisis and how can these be leveraged going forwards?
The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal by the UK Government over the charging of business rates in respect of supermarket cash machines in England and Wales. This concludes a long battle for retailers which started in 2013 when the decision was taken to charge separate business rates on the sites of ATMs.
This article summarises some possible amendments to Italian regulation that could improve and develop alternative financing instruments, typically provided by FinTechs, in order to provide liquidity to the economic system.
The FCA has published guidance on their website for consumers and firms regarding complaints handling during the COVID-19 crisis.
As part of its support for regulated firms during the COVID-19 crisis, the FCA has updated it website and issued guidance on the requirements around getting “wet-ink signatures” (i.e. signing a document by hand using a pen) for client or other agreements and when submitting FCA forms.
The UK government has extended the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme to medium and large size businesses. In this article we outline some of the main features of the extended loan scheme.
The UK Government on 28 March 2020 announced plans to bring forward legislation to amend the UK's insolvency laws “at the earliest opportunity” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the timing of the proposed changes remains uncertain (given that parliament is currently in recess until 21 April 2020) the Government hopes that the amendments will give companies a degree of extra time and space to weather the current storm.