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Lewis Nedas Law appointed to the Office Essential Network as Specialist Employment Lawyers in North London

office essentialOur employment lawyers have joined the Office Essential Network, which is a specialist Organization aimed at assisting young 'start - up' businesses, who require early, clear, immediate and focused advice on employment issues and contracts.

Happily, here in Camden we are surrounded by many young businesses and creative entrepreneurs and as a result, have an established client base and enormous experience in this area.

We understand that during the early days of a business, when it needs the most support, that money can be an issue, which is why we offer a variety of cost effective fee packages which are competitive and terrific value for money.

It pays to ensure that you receive the best advice in this difficult (and potentially contentious) area of law.

Contact us on 0207 387 2032 or fill out our online enquire form, here.

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London Property Market - A Real Opportunity for European Buyers

housing squareThe majority decision of the British electorate on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union heralds a new dawn in the property market.

The uncertainty created by ‘Brexit’ has created new pricing opportunities for buyers who may otherwise have been unable to afford their first property purchase and encouraged overseas buyers, attracted by the cheaper pound, to purchase an array of properties at the higher end of the market.

Moreover, those clients who are selling their main residence and buying a new one, are now exercising greater flexibility in their pricing strategy. By accepting in some cases a lower price on their sale and successfully negotiating a larger discount on their related purchase.

The British Government as well as the Bank of England have also issued important and decisive policy announcements to embolden the country’s economy in today’s new era. Macro-economic policy changes include the Chancellor’s recent statement that he intends to lower the rate of Corporation Tax to under 15%. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has also stated that the Bank will step up its monetary measures to increase overall levels of confidence in the nation’s economy. Parts of the British press also believe that Mr Carney has already signalled his intention to lower in the near future, perhaps by this August, the benchmark rate of interest from 0.5% to 0.25%.

At Lewis Nedas Law, we as a team of property professionals are geared up for this new frontier in transactions- as we offer a Partner led group of conveyancers who can act quickly to achieve your objectives.

We also act for overseas clients from a range of countries including France, Spain, Italy and beyond- who require a more hands-on approach and greater level of advice during the course of their transactions.

To our prospective French speaking clients, we say: Nous vous invitons à considérer notre cabinet d'avocats. Nous offrons un service amical et un prix compétitif.

To our prospective Italian clients, we say: Vi invitiamo a prendere in considerazione il nostro studio legale. Offriamo un servizio amichevole e prezzi competitivi.

To our prospective Spanish clients, we say: Damos la bienvenida a considerar nuestro bufete de abogados. Ofrecemos un servicio amable y un precio competitivo.

And to one and all, we say: Welcome to Lewis Nedas, where we offer a friendly and competetively priced service on a range of property transactions.


If you are about to embark on a property transaction, please call Richard Greenby, Senior Associate  in our Property Dept on 0207 691 4560 for a free quote, or complete our online enquiry form here.


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Another Senior Criminal Lawyer joins Lewis Nedas Law

lewis nedas new staff femaleWe are delighted that Sue Staveley has agreed to join us as a consultant solicitor.

Ms Staveley is well known within the legal community in London, having run her own highly succesful and respected practice in West London, she also sat as a Deputy District Judge for many years.

Sue also currently sits as a GMC (General Medical Council) disciplinary panel member.

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Another Award for Lewis Nedas Law Corporate Crime Lawyers

Corporate livewire award winWe are thrilled to learn that we have won this years Corporate Live Wire award for Corporate Criminal Law Firm of the Year - UK 2016.


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Risky Business - US Consider Banning Incentive-Based Pay to Rein in Risk Taking

One of the contributing factors to the financial crisis was the excessive level of risk banks and other financial institutions were willing to take, in order to reap the rewards offered to individuals as part of incentive-based pay packages. However, this could be coming to an end in order to create greater long-term economic stability. Financial industry regulators in the US have now invited comment on a proposal which would implement Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act, and also amend compensation structures and bank incentive schemes. But how will this rule work, and will it lead to better-behaved banking?

End of Incentive- Based Pay in Financial Institutions?

The newly proposed rule is actually a revision of a rule put forward in Aprill 2011. The rule was developed by six federal regulatory agencies in the US : the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the SEC, and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

The rule implements Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires that federal regulating agencies issue together guidelines -

 (1) prohibiting incentive-based payment arrangements that the Agencies determine encourage inappropriate risks by certain financial institutions by providing excessive compensation or that could lead to material financial loss;

(2) requiring those financial institutions to disclose information concerning incentive-based compensation arrangements to the appropriate Federal regulator

Under the Dodd-Frank act, the law will apply to institutions which have $1 billion or more in assets, and are one of the following:

Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) 

Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation)

  • Depository institutions or depository institution holding companies
  • Investment advisers
  • Broker-dealers registered under section 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
  • Credit unions
  • Any other institution the regulators jointly decide should be caught under the law

Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry said:

“By requiring proper alignment of compensation incentives with an organisation’s risk appetite, the rule calls on lending officers and other employees to put the interests of their institution above their own, The rule will play an important role in helping safeguard financial institutions against practices that threaten safety and soundness, or could lead to material financial loss for the institution.”

Will the proposed rule be effective?

The incentive-based compensation rule is designed to ensure that those working in the financial sector are not being incentivized to take action that requires a great deal of risk or unnecessary risk. Initially, for banks with assets of $1-$50 billion, incentive schemes will need to be reviewed and adjusted to ensure that pay is not greatly aligned with factors that lead to risk-taking.

Banks with over $50 billion in assets, will feel the biggest strain as executives may have to defer 50 percent of their incentive-based compensation for up to three years. This system is designed to assist executives in considering longer term goals as opposed to making decisions that will affect their short-term finances.

Representatives from come of the largest financial organisations JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Bank of America declined to comment on the proposals. Furthermore, analysts of the industry have doubts about how effective the implementation fo these new rules will be.

Some industry analysts were not too sure about how effective the rule will actually be. Eric Chader, SVP of the business advisory firm The Collingwood Group said:

“This rule has the 'Duh' factor of ATR (Ability to Repay) by requiring corporate boards to 'conduct oversight' of the incentive-based compensation programs for its executives and significant risk-takers,”

“The risk, however, appears to be a pass-through to those executives, who are subject to clawbacks, deferrals, and forfeitures within the plans that had been approved by a compensation committee to begin with. This seems like misplaced accountability to me. Applied across all financial institutions, it probably won't have the effect of shrinking the talent pool for executive positions—there are many other more substantial risks for potential candidates that would do that—like putting executives at the GSEs on the GS scale.”

Taking into account this opinion it seems as if incentive based schemes already benefit from a stringent framework, where those executives in positions with great ability to take risk are subject to stricter rules. However, the proposals may send a message to executives about the appropriateness of risk-taking more generally following the economic downturn.

It will be interesting to see whether the proposals for kerbing incentive-based compensation schemes will have an impact on business in the UK, and also whether US companies operating in the UK will be subject to similar rules internally.

Contact our Financial and White Collar Crime Lawyers in Central London, North London

At Lewis Nedas, we have a specialist team of lawyers who are routinely sought to advise on the rules applicable to banks and bankers in the UK. Our solicitors are highly experienced in assisting both individual and institutional clients that are facing investigations by the FCA on allegations of market manipulation. Our service places the needs of our clients at its core. We will handle every aspect of your dealings with regulatory bodies: our team will advise on how best to facilitate regulatory requirements; we will represent your interests in any negotiation or court appearances, and provide you with practical advice that has been tailored to reflect your circumstances. At Lewis Nedas we have a thorough appreciation of the law and how it applies to those working in financial services. We pride ourselves on being the trusted advisor to many working in this complicated and demanding sphere, where the rules are often difficult to understand. If you are concerned about the law or are perhaps involved with the FCA already, contact our team today

To speak to one of our solicitors, please telephone us on 020 3131 5891 or complete our online enquiry form.

With offices in Camden and Fleet Street, we represent and advise businesses in Central London, West London, North London and across the UK.


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