Bank Ring-Fencing Schemes – Do You Know Who Your Tenant Is?


What is ring-fencing?

By 1 January 2019, all UK banks with more than £25 billion in retail deposits were required to have separated their retail banking services from their investment banking, also known as ‘ring-fencing’. Ring-fencing aims to increase stability in UK banks and support consumer banking by protecting it from unrelated risks in the wider financial system. The reform, originally proposed by the Independent Commission on Banking following the 2008 financial crisis, was introduced by the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013.

Landowners’ Liabilities in Respect of Japanese Knotweed


Lauren Parsons, Solicitor at Berry Smith, considers the liabilities of landowners in respect of the presence of Japanese Knotweed on their land. 


After the Court of Appeal’s decision in Williams v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited, it is vital that landowners are aware of their rights, responsibilities and liabilities in respect of Japanese Knotweed.  

Separate Ways

Q - My partner and I recently separated following a lengthy relationship. We have one child together, aged 9, who lives with me. Following our separation my partner has moved to Dubai, to work, and is refusing to make any financial contributions for our son. What can I do?


A - If you are unable to reach an agreement with your partner about the financial contributions for your son, there are a number of options available to you -