European Council adopts exceptional rules to facilitate bank lending in the EU

The EU is temporarily adapting banking rules in order to maximise the capacity of banks to lend money and support households and businesses to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. The banking package adopted today provides targeted and exceptional legislative changes to the capital requirements regulation (CRR 2). These changes will allow credit institutions to fully play their … Continue reading European Council adopts exceptional rules to facilitate bank lending in the EU

Judgment in Case C-754/18 Ryanair Designated Activity Company v Országos Rendőr-főkapitányság

A family member of an EU citizen who is not a national of a Member State but who holds a permanent residence card shall be exempt from the visa requirement for entry into the territory of the Member States. Furthermore, this card is to be considered as proof, in itself, of the holder’s family member … Continue reading Judgment in Case C-754/18 Ryanair Designated Activity Company v Országos Rendőr-főkapitányság

New guidance for conveyancers underpins efforts to kickstart housing market

The Law Society of England and Wales unveiled a guidance for conveyancers to support government plans to re-open the housing market, enabling people to move home safely. The collaborative sector guide sets out how the legal aspects of home moving can take place while complying with social distancing measures and public health guidance. The impact … Continue reading New guidance for conveyancers underpins efforts to kickstart housing market

Advocate General Pikamäe: the Court of Justice does not have jurisdiction to rule on an international boundary dispute that falls outside the scope of EU law

The infringements of EU law of which Slovenia accuses Croatia are ancillary to the issue of determining the boundary between those two States, which is a matter of public international law. The Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia became members of the EU on 1 May 2004 and 1 July 2013, respectively. The … Continue reading Advocate General Pikamäe: the Court of Justice does not have jurisdiction to rule on an international boundary dispute that falls outside the scope of EU law

Britain’s legal sector set for significant slowdown in event of no-deal Brexit

Britain – Europe’s biggest international provider of legal services and number two in the world – could take a £3.5bn hit from a no deal Brexit, solicitors' leaders warned yesterday. “According to our estimates, the volume of work in legal services would be down £3.5bn* – nearly 10% lower than under an orderly Brexit,” said … Continue reading Britain’s legal sector set for significant slowdown in event of no-deal Brexit

New solicitors’ protocol for property transactions

The 2019 edition of the Law Society Conveyancing Protocol is out, with details on best practice in residential conveyancing transactions of freehold and leasehold property. “The protocol is a tool which helps conveyancing solicitors to achieve most effectively the transfer of residential property. It aims to provide consistency across transactions and improve efficiency,” said Simon … Continue reading New solicitors’ protocol for property transactions

European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

Yesterday, the European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the new disciplinary regime undermines the judicial independence of Polish judges and … Continue reading European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control