Tag Archives: UK

Could a tsunami wipe out the U.K. coastline?

Tsunami is a risk unlike any other natural catastrophe: it has the potential to dramatically change the landscape in a very short space of time, leaving devastation in its wake. And as an island, the U.K. is potentially vulnerable to … Continue reading →

I am entitled to a lawyer being present if interviewed by the Serious Fraud Office or similar authority, right?

We have all seen enough police shows to be familiar with the mantra that you are entitled to have a lawyer present, along with the warning that: You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence … Continue reading →

A new insurance act comes into force–but it’s not that one!

A lot has been written (not least by me) about the new Insurance Act which is due to come into force in August of this year.  It has rightly been described as one of the most important pieces of U.K. … Continue reading →

The Senior Managers Regime – Just a Matter of Doing the Right Thing?

The Senior Managers’ Regime (SMR), due to come into force in March 2016, is the U.K. financial regulators’ response to widespread concern that bank executives were not held personally responsible for the huge losses of the financial crisis. Yet as … Continue reading →

Using Surety to Free up Capital

The U.K. construction slowdown of the last few years has prompted numerous contractors to move into new territories, albeit not at the rate that some anticipated (with only one of the top ten European contractors a U.K.-based firm). Those that … Continue reading →

Survey: New Liabilities, Fresh Scrutiny by Regulators, and Cyber Threats Keep Directors Awake at Night

We publish today the results of our fourth annual survey of directors’ liabilities which we run together with international law firm Allen & Overy. Since we began publishing this series in 2011, directors in the U.K. have become personally liable … Continue reading →

Modern Methods of Construction Back in the Spotlight

Rising costs and a shortage of skilled labour in the construction industry have thrown modern methods of construction (MMC) into the spotlight over recent months. Developers need a cheaper method of construction while politicians are looking for a quick fix … Continue reading →

The U.K. Private Rented Sector – A Post Budget Reflection for Institutional Investors

The private rented sector (PRS) is the term for private individuals renting residential property. Akin to the U.S. ‘multi-family apartment’ model, which has been very popular and reflects around 25% of the U.S. core real estate index, it is a … Continue reading →

New Transparency Laws in Force Today May Catch U.K. Company Directors Unaware

From April 6th, the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 will introduce far-reaching changes to the very fabric from which the cloak of private companies is woven. Continue reading →

The U.K. Floods: Looking Forward – Building Better Resilience

How best to protect communities from flooding, how modelling could be better used to forecast areas at high risk of flooding, and reinsurance solutions to protect against earnings volatility. Continue reading →