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“The jaws that bite, the claws that catch…”

There is an emerging trend towards post-completion or post-occupation reviews of the efficacy of planning obligations which result in clawbacks or uplifts in financial contributions or mitigation works, sometimes for a number of years post-completion. This leaves frayed edges to completion-driven real estate transactions and can leave tenants potentially exposed to unknown or unquantified additions to service charges.

The new Corporate Governance Code – are your incentive plans ready?

As you know, the new UK Corporate Governance Code (the 'Code') took effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019. Many companies with a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange will now be in an accounting period to which the new Code applies and will need to ensure they can operate their executive incentive arrangements in compliance with the following provisions:

Potential stormy CEs ahead for product compliance

If the UK departs the EU on 29 March 2019 without an agreement in place, manufacturers and importers of industrial and consumer goods selling into the UK and/or EU will face a range of compliance and market access challenges. With fewer than five weeks remaining, 'no-deal' contingency plans should be implemented.

Brexit: Operational Risk & Environment

Brexit will give rise to an array of complex commercial and legal issues in the regulatory, trade and environmental law spheres. These apply across the spectrum - from site-based operations, to products, export and trade, to regulated industries, through to the governance of compliance and risk by businesses more generally.

Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies

Earlier this week, the FRC published the final Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies (the "Principles"), which provide a framework for large private companies to comply with their new corporate governance reporting requirements under The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 (the "Regulations"). The new requirements apply in relation to financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2019, and BEIS stated in its recently updated FAQs on the Regulations that it expects the Principles to be widely adopted. For background information on the Regulations please see our client note and table summarising the scope of the Regulations.

Modern Slavery Update - November 2018

Recent months have borne witness to increasing pressure from NGOs, watch groups and the UK Government on organisations to comply with their corporate reporting obligations under the UK's Modern Slavery Act (MSA). If you fail to comply, be prepared for public "naming and shaming" in 2019.

GC100 Guidance on directors' duties - Section 172 revisited

Earlier this week, against the background of the renewed focus on corporate governance and reporting, the GC100 Group published practical guidance1 for boards on compliance with section 172 of the Companies Act 2006. Please see our recent briefings for further information on changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code and the Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018.

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