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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

ISO 37001 – A Whole New World for Anti-Bribery Due Diligence?

The new international standard for anti-bribery management systems was published on 15th October.  Organisations seeking to do business worldwide, especially in emerging markets, can now look to an internationally recognised approach to anti-bribery compliance for guidance.

The International Organisation for Standardisation (“ISO”) says that “ISO 37001 is designed to help your organisation implement an anti-bribery management system or enhance the controls you currently have.

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Smarten Up! Why Embracing Smart Cities Concepts Is Good For Your Business

Maggie Bochel

Why Smart Cities?

Smart Cities are a reaction to the increasing concentration of the world’s population in urban areas resulting in a collision with eco-systems.  Although accounting for just over 50% of the world’s population, urban areas account for more than 75% of the consumption of non-renewable resources and three quarters of global pollution.

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Project Bank Accounts – Grasping the Thistle

Gavin Paton

From 31 October 2016 Project Bank Accounts (“PBAs”) will be a mandatory requirement for Scottish Government building contracts with a value of £4,104,394 and above and civil engineering contracts with a value of £10,000,000 and above.

Back in 2013 then Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the Scottish Government would trial PBAs on public sector projects. This had been a key recommendation of the Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction chaired by Robin Crawford, and something which the UK Government was already committed to.

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