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Ronald Fletcher Baker successfully represents a prominent football agent

At a hearing held in June 2017 under the Football Association Rules, David Winnie, head of Ronald Fletcher Baker’s sports department, was instructed by a prominent football intermediary in his claim against an international football player for unpaid agency fees. Ronald Fletcher Baker was successful in representing a prominent football intermediary in his FA Rule K Arbitration.

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Complying with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 - guidance for large businesses and organisations

The Modern Slavery Act requires action from all organisations carrying on business in the UK with a turnover of over £36 million. These organisations are required to publish a ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’ setting out what efforts they are making to ensure that they are not directly or indirectly involved with the exploitation or subjugation of humans.

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Tariq Alsaifi v Benjamin Amunwa [2017] EWHC 1443 (QB)

It’s not often that you get to help out a fellow member of the profession in a defamation suit, but that is exactly what happened in early January 2017 when barrister Benjamin Amunwa contacted the firm regarding a defamation claim which had been brought against him by Tariq Alsaifi. Partner Rudi Ramdarshan and Solicitor Laura Gomme were successful in an application for summary disposal of the claim on 27 June 2017. The full judgment of Mr Justice Warby can be found at Bailii

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Brexit - Impact on employers and on EEA nationals working in the UK

On 23 June 2016, the people of the UK voted to leave the EU. Before Article 50 was triggered on 29 March 2017, the Government published a White Paper entitled – “The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union” in February 2017. This White Paper sets out the Government’s position on key issues affecting the UK and its approach to the discussions with the other EU countries. David Winnie, Head of Immigration at Ronald Fletcher Baker considers the potential impact of the Government’s White Paper on UK employers and EEA nationals employed in the UK and the steps that both can take in preparation for the UK’s exit in March 2019.

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28th November 2016 – The Launch of 'Good Divorce Week'

The solicitors in our family team are proud to be members of Resolution, a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way.

Resolution’s Good Divorce Week starts on Monday 28 November 2016 and will be used to promote the principles of Resolution membership and to highlight key issues within family law.

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New Build Purchases - What you need to know

There are many benefits and attractions to purchasing a new build home. Not only do you avoid the tedious drama of a seller with a related transaction and a long chain, but generally speaking new build properties are more energy efficient and require less maintenance once you move in. All of the fixtures and fittings will be brand new and essential white goods are also included, but may be subject to additional charge. Moreover, developers can offer some attractive incentives such as Stamp Duty contributions, furniture packs and legal fee contributions.

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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP opens Manchester Office

International law firm Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is pleased to announce that its brand new office in the heart of Manchester is open for business. Located at 111 Piccadilly in central Manchester, the office represents the firm’s latest expansion, building on the success of its two offices in London (City Office and West End Office), its Istanbul office, and its Russia, Ukraine and CIS and Iran desks.

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Iran Series Part 3: Sanctions roll-back and the impact of Brexit – what sanctions risks should you be aware of? (August 2016)

In the Iran Series Part 2 Mahgol Sharili explored the emerging sectors following the lifting of sanctions by the EU and the US. In Part 3, she explores what sanctions are remaining and the consequences of Brexit on the trade relationship between Britain and Iran.

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BREXIT, EU and EEA Applications, Permanent Residence Card and Appeals

Following the recent Brexit vote, David Winnie, Head of Sport and Immigration at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP considers the British Nationality (General) (Amendment No.3) Regulations 2015, and the impact this will have on individuals relying on the automatic EU right of Permanent Residence after five years. Under these Regulations an individual is now required to show they have been issued a Residence Permit or Permanent Residence before making the application for naturalisation. David outlines the key facts of these Regulations and the benefits of obtaining an EU Permanent Residence Card.

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Brexit Fallout: Consequences for EU citizens in the UK

David Winnie, Head of Sport and Immigration at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP looks at the recent dramatic referendum outcome on 23 June 2016 and considers the procedures the UK may now adopt to formally withdraw from the EU, as well as the potential impact this withdrawal may have on EU citizens currently living in the UK. David also examines the current UK points based visa system and the possible consequences for those looking to apply in future.

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Iran Series Part 2: Iran re-joins the world economy – what sanctions are lifted? (May 2016)

In the Iran Series Part 1, Mahgol Sharili, a Farsi speaking solicitor and the head of the Iran Desk explored the recent history of sanctions in Iran and the country’s diverse market. In this part, she explores what sanctions have been lifted and what it all means for international trade and business.

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The cost of watching football in England

David Winnie, Head of the Sports Law department at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP appears in the March 2016 edition of World Sports Law Report where he explores the reasons behind the increasing cost of attending English football matches following the ‘walk-out’ staged by an organised group of Liverpool fans during the recent Premier League match against Sunderland in February 2016. This walk-out is the latest public demonstration in response to the excessive cost of watching a live football match in England.

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Seven important Employment Law changes – April 2016

David Winnie, at solicitor at RFB, looks at important new legislation affecting employment rights and responsibilities due to come into force on 1 April 2016. For example, a national living wage is being introduced as well as a new state pension scheme. National Insurance Contributions (NIC’s) are abolished for apprentices under 25 years old and regulations requiring higher earning public-sector employees to repay exit payments if they re-join the public sector within a year are expected to come into force in April 2016 or soon after. Furthermore, legislation allowing tribunal enforcement officers to impose a financial penalty on an employer that fails to pay a tribunal award is also expected to come into force in April 2016. Lastly, a minimum salary requirement is being introduced for tier 2 workers on 6 April 2016.

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When will a Tenant be Granted Relief from Forfeiture for a Deliberate Breach?

By Sona Ondhia

Introduction

The ability to forfeit a lease is one of the most draconian but necessary remedies available to a landlord. In an ideal world breaches will be remedied and the relationship mended, but often that is not the case with forfeiture being the only realistic available option. This can often lead to what on the face of it appears to be unfair outcomes with a landlord getting a windfall through increases in the value of the freehold reversion. This loss by tenants is more devastatingly felt where leases are protected by virtue of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 or when dealing with long leases.

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The thin end of the wedge: High Court considers the legal test for setting aside a judgment tainted by fraud

By David Burns, a solicitor in the firm’s Litigation department

Introduction

The interrelation between criminal and civil litigation is becoming ever more apparent. In two recent decisions the High Court deals with the tension between ensuring that finality of litigation is preserved whilst recognising that “fraud unravels all”. At the heart of this tension is the question of whether in order to successfully set aside a judgment for fraud, it is necessary to show that the evidence of fraud was unavailable and could not have been obtained with reasonable diligence at the original trial?

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The Legal 500 2015 9 Recommended Lawyers across 7 Practice Areas

The firm is pleased to announce that Ronald Fletcher Baker has been listed in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 across 7 practice areas covering.

  • London: Dispute resolution - Commercial litigation
  • London: Real estate - Property litigation
  • London: Real estate - Commercial property
  • London: Real estate - Commercial property - Development
  • London: Real estate - Commercial property - Investment
  • London: Crime, fraud and licensing - Crime - General
  • London: Crime, fraud and licensing - Fraud - White-collar crime

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FIFA corruption allegations and Swiss justice reforms

Raphael Steele examines whether FIFA might fall foul of a proposed new Swiss bribery law in an article appearing in World Sports Law Report in December 2014.

Click here for the article; subscribers to World Sports Law Report click here.

Should you have any questions about the issues considered in the article or wish to discuss Sports law please contact Raphael Steele on r.steele@rfblegal.co.uk or on his direct line 0207 613 4102, or our Head of Sports David Winnie on d.winnie@rfblegal.co.uk or on his direct dial 0207 467 5760.

The Legal 500 2014 - 10 Recommended Lawyers across 7 practice areas

We are pleased to announce that Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has been listed in the 2014 edition of the Legal 500 across seven practice areas covering:

  • Dispute resolution - Commercial litigation
  • Real estate - Property litigation
  • Real estate - Commercial property
  • Real estate - Commercial property - Development
  • Real estate - Commercial property - Investment
  • Crime, fraud and licensing - Crime - General
  • Crime, fraud and licensing - Fraud - White-collar crime

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Regulation of Islamic Financial Products in Turkey

Jonathan Roberts provides an overview of the regulation of Islamic financial products in Turkey following his talk on this subject at City Week 2014.

City Week is organised under a partnership between the UK Government, TheCityUK and City & Financial. The City Week Management Committee, which oversees the project, includes representatives from UK Trade & Investment, HM Treasury, TheCityUK and City & Financial.

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Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP launches Istanbul office

October 2013

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Istanbul, Turkey.

On 5 September 2013, the Istanbul Bar Association approved Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP’s application to operate as a foreign law partnership in Istanbul. The firm will operate under the name of Ronald Fletcher Baker Danismanlik Hizmetleri Avukatlik Ortakligi as a foreign attorney partnership in Turkey.

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Judicial Scrutiny in the Financial Services Sector:

The Supreme Court of UK quashed the Treasury’s restrictions against a major Iranian bank

Bank Mellat (Appellant) v Her Majesty’s Treasury (Respondent) (No 2) [2013] UKSC 39

Jonathan Roberts and Mahgol Sharili *1
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Introduction

Since the Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order came into force on 12 October 2009 (“the Order”), on the same day that it was laid before Parliament, it was clear that the Order would come under close scrutiny by those affected in the Iranian financial services sector.

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A second bite at the cherry?

GILLIE CHRISTOU AND MARIA WARD V LONDON BOROUGH OF HARINGEY (2013) EWCA Civ 178

John Barker examines the case of GILLIE CHRISTOU AND MARIA WARD V LONDON BOROUGH OF HARINGEY (2013) EWCA Civ 178; authority for the principle that in some cases disciplinary action by an employer is not effective as an adjudication meaning that further proceedings can be brought on the same grounds.

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John Barker explores the implications of the the ‘Mid Staffs’ inquiry

John Barker has been in practice as a barrister for over thirty years and appears in all levels of Court in Criminal and Regulatory matters. John is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and has been appointed to sit as a Legal Assessor to The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, The General Osteopathic Council, The Association of Accounting Technicians and The Market Research Society.

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Family Law - Credit Crunch

With the current global financial crisis having such an impact on property, shares and business prices is it a wonder that attempts have been made by the financially stronger party of a relationship to vary previous financial settlements that were reached before the international recession?

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