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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Daniel O’Keefe to South Florida Water Management District

Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Daniel O’Keefe, a partner in the Orlando office of Shutts & Bowen, to the South Florida Water Management District.

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys. The agency is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

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Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards Launch

HOMS Solicitors are delighted to again support the 2016 Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards. We are sponsoring the Best Large Business Award.

Limerick Chamber is now accepting applications from businesses of all sizes and sectors to be considered for one of the eleven award categories:-

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Congratulations to Justin Jakubiak for being selected as a Finalist in Expert’s Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40

Congratulations to Fogler, Rubinoff Partner Justin Jakubiak for being selected as a Finalist in Expert Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition.

The Rising Stars competition showcases Canadian lawyers that have an outstanding track record of success with complex transactions, contributed to their communities and profession and demonstrated leadership within their law departments. Finalists were also selected for being team players, who demonstrated business acumen and adaptability to change.

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Four Stradling Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers List

Best Lawyers
August 2016

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C. is pleased to announce that four lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries.

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Supporting Limerick Civic Trust

Donal Creaton, Partner, is assisting Limerick Civic Trust having been appointed as an executive of Limerick Civic Trust in March this year. The term will last for a minimum of one year. Limerick Civic Trust is a self-funding charity, which initiates and undertakes a programme of projects for the general improvements of Limerick’s environment in conjunction with local authorities, state agencies and other interested parties. It is an independent non-profit making voluntary society and is registered as a charity.

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Streamlining the process: Exemptions to payment and adjudication legislation

Process plant contracts have historically been exempt to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 – but the justification for this looks increasingly flimsy as time has gone on.

The construction industry is used by now to the payment and adjudication regime introduced by the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

However, there is one particular type of construction contract to which it does not apply.

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Fladgate partners included in recently published Citywealth Leaders List 2016

Fladgate is delighted that the following partners and consultants have been included in the recently published Citywealth Leaders List 2016, a guide to advisers within the private wealth management sector.

Matthew Bennett
Honours List

Teresa Cullen
Family & Matrimonial – Prominent Figure

Simon Ekins
Contentious Trusts – Prominent Figure

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News on foreign trusts in New Zealand

On 8 August 2016 the Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information and Remedial Matters) Bill was introduced into Parliament. It introduces a number of business friendly changes with regard to provisional tax payments. It also strengthens the disclosure requirements for foreign trusts following the Shewan Inquiry.

The principal changes relating to foreign trusts are:

  • an expansion of the level of disclosure to be made to the Inland Revenue Department. The current rules require the name of the New Zealand trustee only. The new disclosure regime will require the name, email address, foreign residential address, country of tax residents, tax identification number of the settlors, trustees, protector beneficiaries and any other person who exercises effective control over the assets of the trust;

 

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Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act

There have been recent amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act 1986 (“the Act”) which are intended to improve rental property standards and tenancy services and are now in force. The Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016 set out the changes in further detail.

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Shutts & Bowen Named Among “Best Places to Work in Central Florida” by Orlando Sentinel

On Friday, August 19, Shutts & Bowen’s Orlando office was named among the Top 10 Best Places to Work in Central Florida in the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies 2016. James Willard, Managing Partner of the Orlando Office, accepted the award on behalf of Shutts & Bowen.

Shutts was placed in the Large Company category with other prestigious organizations such as Florida Hospital, Orlando Health and the Orlando Magic. Shutts also placed highest among all law firms in this category.

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