“Dear Colleague, Are You Independent Enough?” The Fate of the Principle of Mutual Trust in Case of Systemic Deficiencies in a Member State’s System of Justice

By Cecilia Rizcallah* *Research Fellow at the Belgian National Fund For Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS). The author wishes to thank Pr. S. Van Drooghenbroeck. The usual disclaimer applies. Advocate General Tanchev delivered, a few days ago, his opinion in the case C-216/18 PPU concerning a set of European Arrest Warrants (EAWs) issued against LM, suspected of drug trafficking, by the Polish Authorities. The case concerns a reference for a preliminary ruling made by the Irish High Court, which questions the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the obligation to execute a…

Retirement living market to see a 50% increase by 2022

According to the latest report by Knight Frank, the private retirement market is estimated to reach a value of £44bn by 2022, reflecting a 50% increase. Knight Frank analysis found the number of private retirement living units is also forecast to increase by almost 30% in the same timeframe. The report, Retirement Living comes of age, highlights how investment into the UK later living market is at an unprecedented level, with growth driven by private sector development and the economic attraction of this…

L&G announces acquisition of its largest BTR site

Legal & General has announced that it has exchanged contracts on its largest Build To Rent site to date located in Woolwich. This scheme has been acquired by co-investors Legal & General Capital and PGGM, as well as pension fund capital raised by LGIM Real Assets through its open-ended BTR fund. This site, known as Macbean, is Legal & General’s third BTR scheme in London, with existing developments progressing in Walthamstow and Croydon. With a total BTR pipeline of around 3,000 homes across…

Fleet revamps entire product range

Buy-to-let and specialist lender, Fleet Mortgages, has announced that it has revamped its entire product range with new options across its three core sectors – standard, limited company and HMO. According to the lender, they now offer 13 products and have reduced rates on 12 of those. These cuts have been made possible because of the unique funding methods it employs; Fleet is partnered with a number of asset managers to deliver its funding. The standard range now includes rate reductions of up…

Social housing or build-to-rent: What is a better solution for generation rent?

The idea of owning your own home quite quickly when you start working, is gradually becoming less and less realistic for the youth in the UK, who have been affected greatly by the poor supply of homes and rising house prices. Generation rent, as they are known, refer to those under 35 years old in full employment stuck in overpriced housing. It’s difficult to pin point the best solution to deal with the current situation, but many have been put forward, including social housing…

Allsop announce July residential auction catalogue

Auctioneer, Allsop has announced that its residential auction on the 19th July will see more than 210 lots auctioned at The InterContinental hotel Park Lane, London. Included in the catalouge is lot 23, a rare Grade II Listed building in South Kensington internally arranged to provide student accommodation. The property has been in the same ownership for 24 years and generates £173,500pa. Guided at £5m – £5.2m, it is one of the highest value lots in the catalogue. Also in London, lot 26, a…

Are you wasting £34,000 worth space in your home?

New data from TalkTalk has revealed that despite 43% of us wanting to move to a bigger home, 15% of the average British home is unused – a staggering £34,000 worth of wasted space. The research found that connectivity is a key factor for homeowners, with 63% saying they would use their unloved spaces more if they had a stronger Wi-Fi connection, and a whopping 96% agreeing that a good internet connection in their house is important to them. Brits are willing to…

Mansfield BS announce launch of new ERC free shared ownership product

Mansfield Building Society has announced that it has launched a new discounted variable rate Shared Ownership mortgage that carries no early repayment charges. The mortgage offers borrowers access to the Society’s cheapest variable rate Shared Ownership mortgage with the opportunity to switch to a fixed rate at any time. According to the lender, the product is available for purchase, remortgage and staircasing on properties across England and Wales with the following features: • 2 year discounted rate• 3.49% variable pay rate (2.10% below…

How to Set Up Exception in AVG File Shield? – UK Business Circle

AVG scans your PC in a complete and comprehensive manner. It has different components that are meant for scanning particular field. Like File Shield is specially meant to scan all programs and files on your system hard drive when they are opened, run, modified or saved. But at times it even blocks genuine files and programs that are safe. To save yourself from landing in this situation, you can add safe files and programs in exception. This will not only reduce false positive cases but will also decrease the time…