UK is Europe’s most generous nation, says CAF World Giving Index 2015

first_imgUK is Europe’s most generous nation, says CAF World Giving Index 2015 Top 10 countriesAccording to the CAF World Giving Index 2015, the most generous countries in the world are:1. Myanmar2. United States of America3. New Zealand4. Canada5. Australia6. United Kingdom7. Netherlands8. Sri Lanka9. Ireland10. MalaysiaBurundi was ranked bottom of the 145 countries in the Index with China, Yemen and Lithuania just above them.Why Myanmar? CAF offered this analysis:As well as maintaining its top ranking for donating money, Myanmar also secures first place for volunteering time – the first country to be placed top for two of the three ways of giving since 2010. As highlighted previously, Myanmar’s strong culture of Theravada Buddhism, in which devotees practice Sangha Dana, continues to drive high levels of giving. Myanmar deserves to be lauded for its culture of generosity but sadly, the achievement will inevitably be contrasted to the continuing plight of the Rohingya people within the country.  155 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 The UK is now the most generous nation in Europe, according to Charities Aid Foundation’s CAF World Giving Index 2015. It is the sixth most generous country in the world, up from seventh in 2014.CAF’s sixth annual global study looks at three measures of giving – the percentage of people who have in the last month:• given to charity• volunteered their time• helped a stranger.CAF’s research is based on surveys of people aged 15 and over in 145 countries carried out by Gallup in 2014, part of its World View World Poll, which is an ongoing research project carried out in more than 140 countries in 2014 that together represent around 96% of the world’s population. The countries surveyed and questions asked in each region varies from year to year.UK giving 2015This year’s study reports that in the UK:• 75% of people had donated to charity in the previous year, one of the highest rates anywhere in the world. The international average was 31.5%.• 32% of people have volunteered for a good cause, up from 29% last year. This means an additional 1.58 million people volunteered compared to the previous year, with a particular increase among women.• 63% of people have assisted a stranger, up two percentage points on the previous year. This equates to 1.56 million people having performed an act of generosity for someone they did not know.Giving TuesdayThe report is published three weeks before GivingTuesday, the international day of giving, which comes to the UK for the second time on 1st December, and which is being co-ordinated by CAF.John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:“From the huge support for Children in Need to the popularity of new campaigns like #GivingTuesday, backing good causes is ingrained in our culture. Charities play a central role in society and many aspects of people’s lives. The huge numbers of people giving money and time to good causes reveals a real appetite among people to give something back”. Advertisement Conflict and disaster boosts givingCAF’s report highlights the impact of war and natural disasters on levels of giving. For example, in Ukraine the proportion of people donating money quadruped in 2014 compared to the previous year.Noticiable increases in giving in Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are attributed to the fundraising efforts the followed the extensive flooding throughout southern Europe in May 2014. Giving and wealth don’t always correlateThe tendency for poorer people to give a higher proportion of their income to charity than wealthier people is reflected at country level. Some of the world’s most generous countries are among the most deprived.For example, the G-20, which represents the world’s largest economies, accounts for only five of the world’s 20 most generous countries. Fifteen G-20 countries are outside the top 50, with six of these outside the top 100. Men and women’s givingFor the first time since the research began men are more likely to give money than women. In developed countries, however, women are still more likely to donate, although CAF says that the gap in giving between the genders has narrowed to the smallest recorded in the last five years. Howard Lake | 10 November 2015 | News Bubble map – click to view full size image About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. You can download the full CAF World Giving Index 2015 report from Charities Aid Foundation. Generosity is increasingTwo of the three measures of generosity examined by CAF increased in the past year.• 1.4 billion people gave money to charity in 2014, a global participation level of 31.5% – up from 28.3% in 2013.• Almost half (48.9%) of the planet’s population of people aged over 15  helped a stranger in 2014, up slightly on the previous year.But the proportion of people who said they had volunteered time dropped slightly by 0.3% to 21%. Young people’s generosity increases againLast year the World Giving Index reported a decrease in those under 30 giving time, money or helping a stranger. This year the proportion has increased. Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Giving Tuesday Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving Research / statisticslast_img read more

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New security chief must have no link to spying on journalists

first_img February 11, 2021 Find out more June 24, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New security chief must have no link to spying on journalists BulgariaEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest Receive email alerts News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Reporters Without Borders is worried by all the controversy surrounding the still undecided appointment of a new head of Bulgaria’s DANS, the state security agency that is supposed to combat corruption and organized crime.A February 2009 report by Reporters Without Borders already criticized many of the agency’s practices, which have included tapping journalists’ telephones illegally in order to identify their sources.“We urge Bulgaria’s government and parliament to take all the time they need to consider the proposed candidates,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The new head of the DANS must be above suspicion and must have no direct or indirect link with cases of spying on journalists, which have badly undermined this agency’s credibility.“Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s threats in February to open ‘files’ on journalists provided yet further evidence – if any were still needed – of the magnitude of the task facing the agency’s new leadership if it wants to restore trust between journalists and state institutions.“We also urge Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski to finally release the records of the so-called Operation Galeria phone tapping by the DANS. This information is needed because it is important that all aspects of this case should be analysed calmly. The two last governments promised publicly to release the records, but never did.” Newscenter_img March 10, 2021 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Bulgaria News Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom Organisation last_img read more

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Romanian journalist freed on bail

first_img Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom December 2, 2020 Find out more BulgariaEurope – Central Asia News News November 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Romanian journalist freed on bail Organisation to go further News Help by sharing this information RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive center_img News RSF_en Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest George Buhnici of the privately-owned Romanian TV station Pro TV, who was arrested by the Bulgarian authorities on 16 November for using a concealed camera to film in a duty-free shop on the Romanian-Bulgarian border, was released on bail of about 2,500 euros today. Buhnici must stay in Bulgaria until the prosecutor’s office decides if he is to be tried for using a concealed camera without permission, for which he could be jailed for up to three years._____________________18.11.2004Journalist faces three years in prison for using concealed cameraReporters Without Borders today called for the immediate release of Romanian journalist George Buhnici of the privately-owned TV station Pro TV, who was arrested by the Bulgarian authorities on 16 November for filming with a concealed camera in a duty-free shop on the Romanian-Bulgarian border. He faces up to three years in prison under Bulgarian law, which views use of a hidden camera as spying.”This journalist is the victim of an absurd and archaic law which stipulates a punishment of utterly disproportionate severity for the use of a hidden camera, which is nonetheless a common practice by investigative journalists, Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to Bulgarian chief prosecutor Nikola Filchev.”We call on you to do everything possible to secure Buhnici’s immediate release,” the press freedom organisation added.Buhnici was arrested along with his driver, Ovidiu Pavel, on the afternoon of 16 November on the border between Giurgi in Romania and Ruse in Bulgaria.Pro TV said Buhnici used a hidden camera to film a cigarette trafficking in the duty-free shop. Bulgarian customs officials seized the camera and the video recording. The driver was released a few hours later, but Buhnici was placed in police custody in Ruse.The Sofia prosecutor’s office is examining the confiscated material in order to decide what charge will be brought against him. Article 339 (a) of Bulgaria’s criminal code says anyone using “tools of espionage to acquire secret information” without specific authorisation is liable to up to three years in prison. A concealed camera is regarded as such a tool.Buhnici’s detention was extended for another 72 hours yesterday evening to give the prosecutor’s office time to decide if he will be charged with “espionage.”Romania’s consul in Sofia, Victor Bojin, who has been able to see Buhnici, told Reporters Without Borders that his rights were being respected and that he hoped to be released. His lawyers said they expected that he would be fined and would be able to return home very soon. Receive email alerts March 10, 2021 Find out more BulgariaEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bulgarialast_img read more

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New York Times forced to hand over phone records in blow to confidentiality of sources

first_img United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News to go further RSF_en United StatesAmericas Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists November 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New York Times forced to hand over phone records in blow to confidentiality of sources Reporters Without Borders voiced deep regret today at yesterday’s refusal by the US supreme court to stay implementation of a federal court ruling requiring the New York Times to surrender the phone records of two of its journalists. The organisation reiterated its appeal to congress to pass a federal shield law that would protect journalists’ sources.“The supreme court’s decision is another setback for the confidentiality of sources,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The courts and the federal government can always use national security as an argument to force journalists to hand over their phone records, although it is hard to see how respect for professional secrecy would threaten US internal security in this case.”The press freedom organisation added: “This decision is unfair and dangerous, and we have no illusions about the outcome of the appeal the New York Times plans to address to the supreme court on the substance of this case. It is therefore vital that the congress that was elected on 7 November should make room on its agenda for a vote on a law giving federal protection for the confidentiality of sources.”Yesterday’s ruling concerns information obtained by New York Times reporters Judith Miller and Philip Shenon shortly after 9/11 about Islamic charities suspected by the FBI of links with terrorism. After Miller and Shenon learned that the government planned to freeze the charities’ assets and contacted them for a comment, the justice department began an investigation to determine the source of the leak.Citing New York state legislation and the US constitution’s first amendment, New York judge Robert W. Sweet ruled in favour of the two journalists on 24 February 2005. Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald referred the case to a federal court a year later.The Manhattan federal appeal court ruled on 1 August of this year that the first amendment does not protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and ordered the New York Times to hand over the phone records to the grand jury that is investigating the leaks. The newspaper thereupon asked the supreme court to stay implementation of this order, finally receiving a rebuff yesterday.Miller spent 12 weeks in prison, from 6 July to 29 September 2005, for refusing to name her sources in a separate case. She has since left the New York Times. Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 3, 2021 Find out more Yesterday’s refusal by the US supreme court to stay implementation of a federal court ruling requiring the New York Times to surrender the phone records of two of its reporters is blow to the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, Reporters Without Borders says. Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on United States News News April 28, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Limerick roads set to receive significant funding says Senator O’Donnell

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Print New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Linkedin NewsLocal NewsLimerick roads set to receive significant funding says Senator O’DonnellBy Staff Reporter – January 30, 2018 1323 TAGSFundingKieran O’DonnelLimerick City and County CouncilMinister Shane Rossroads Twittercenter_img Previous articleIreland’s largest holiday show lands in LimerickNext articleLimerick woman receives prestigious award from the Irish Canadian University Foundation Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie More than €250,000 greenway funding for Limerick and East Clare Email O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Kieran O’Donnell TDLocal and regional roads in Limerick are set for a significant funding injection, Limerick Senator Kieran O’Donnell has said.Senator O’Donnell said: “I was delighted to see Limerick City & County receive €19M in funding for our local and regional roads. Some €417 million has been allocated for investment in the programme nationally.“This funding will allow safety improvement works to be carried out throughout the county at Limerick. Fine Gael in Government is committed to reducing deaths on Irish roads. 2017 saw the lowest number of fatalities on roads since records began. We cannot allow complacency to creep in and we must drive this down further.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “These roads are used by families every day and are essential for connecting people locally. This funding will used to maintain and improve local roads. It is essential that our infrastructure is capable of meeting the demands of our expanding economy.”Speaking on the announcement Minister for Transport Shane Ross said: “I am especially pleased that the 2018 grant allocations include important initiatives in the area of Community Involvement Schemes and Drainage.“While local authorities were able to use general grants for such schemes in recent years, this year ring-fenced funding is being provided. These are two areas where I have very much wanted to take action and I am very glad to be able to do so this year. There needs to be an increased focus on measures to improve the resilience of the road network in the face of climate change.” He concluded.More local news here. Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick Advertisement Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line last_img read more

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Irish Water begins work on new sewerage schemes in Donegal

first_img Previous articleGAA Programme – 22/06/16Next articleWork on long awaited Bonagee Link won’t start until 2021 at least admin Pinterest Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ Facebook Pinterest By admin – June 23, 2016 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Google+ Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Twittercenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Irish Water has confirmed that work has begun on the €18.4 million Donegal Group B project.The work includes the development of new sewerage schemes in Killybegs, Bundoran, Gleanncholmcille and Convoy.However Councillor Patrick McGowan says a question mark still remains as to when the Greenfields and Flaxfields estates in Convoy will be connected to the system.He says while he welcomes the upgraded work getting underway it is concerning the two estates are not included:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/pmgirishwater.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Irish Water begins work on new sewerage schemes in Donegal Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny last_img read more

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Transport Minister to prioritise A5 upgrade in future discussions

first_img Google+ Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp The Transport Minister says the delay in the A5 is a serious cause of concern. Minister Shane Ross was responding to questions from Senator Padraig MacLochlainn about air and road links to Donegal in the Seanad earlier.Senator MacLochlainn is urging the Government to invest more in the A5 upgrade as it would provide a gateway to Donegal.Minister Ross says he will do all he can to prioritise the A5 in future discussions however he doesn’t foresee a railway link to the county:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/rossa5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Transport Minister to prioritise A5 upgrade in future discussions Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegalcenter_img Twitter Previous articleRoad Traffic Bill would create special speed limit in built up areasNext articleMan arrested in Derry as part of human trafficking investigation admin By admin – November 16, 2016 Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+last_img read more

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Hathras Case: SC Asks UP Govt. To File Witness Protection Plan; Seeks Suggestions From Parties For Enlarging Scope Of Allahabad HC Proceedings

first_imgTop StoriesHathras Case: SC Asks UP Govt. To File Witness Protection Plan; Seeks Suggestions From Parties For Enlarging Scope Of Allahabad HC Proceedings Sanya Talwar6 Oct 2020 1:07 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the State of Uttar Pradesh to file an affidavit stipulating Witness Protection Plan for the family and witnesses of the 19-year old woman who was allegedly gang-raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras District, Uttar Pradesh.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun also asked the Solicitor General, appearing for the State of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the State of Uttar Pradesh to file an affidavit stipulating Witness Protection Plan for the family and witnesses of the 19-year old woman who was allegedly gang-raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras District, Uttar Pradesh.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun also asked the Solicitor General, appearing for the State of UP to find out whether the victims family had chosen a lawyer for representation.The bench further asked all parties appearing before the Court to put forth suggestions as to the scope of the Allahabad HC proceedings and how the top court can make them more relevant.Before the case was taken up by the top court, the UP Government had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court asking it to order a CBI inquiry into the Hathras Gang Rape case so as to ensure that a fair and impartial investigation takes place by a Central Agency “which is not within the administrative control of the State administration”.In this context, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Court that the UP Government was not taking an adversarial stand in the present plea but urged the court to take note of the “narratives” that were being spread in relation to the unfortunate case by various stakeholders.SG: I appear for the State of UP. I am not opposing the petition. There are narratives and narratives in public domain. Let us not sensationalise the death of a young girl. Investigation just be fair and impartial. All kinds of people, political parties giving one narrative or another. Your lordships must supervise the investigation and the purpose of it must not be lost.Senior Advocate Indira Jaising appearing for one of the intervenors urged the Court to provide witness protection to the family of the girl in terms of the stipulated provisions of the SC-ST Act.Further, Jaising request for an SIT appointed by the Court. “Family has expressed that they are not satisfied with the CBI to take up the case,” she added.At this juncture, CJI SA Bobde asked Jaising what her locus was in the present case which was a criminal case.”We are hearing your because this a shocking incident, but we are still pondering over your locus in this case,” said the CJI.While SG informed the Court that the Family of the victim had already been provided adequate police protection, the CJI insisted that the same be brought on record before the Top Court.Advocate Kirti Singh appearing for 100 woman lawyers and submitted, “We would like the supervision of the Court in this case. While there may not be legitimacy as being the petitioners family but we are pained,” she said.Advocate Pradeep Kumar Yadav added that he was appearing for the women of the society at large.To this, the CJI replied, “Please understand that we are in no way condoning the incident, it is horrible incident but the question is how many similar arguments should we hear? Please understand that there is no need to duplicate concerns in the court of law. Court of law need not hear the same argument by every party. This is not a comment on the incident but please understand our point of view.”Solicitor General then informed the Court that the case was being sensationalised and that there was a recording by a reporter instigating the family of the victim to give a particular account in a particular manner for the news purposes.Advocate Shobha Gupta submitted that Court must stipulate guidelines and protocols for disposal of dead bodies.”This incident has shocked the very conscience of civilisation,” she added.CJI SA Bobde said that as the SG was not taking an adversarial stand in the said plea, all intervenors and petitioners may put forth their suggestions to himIn this context, the matter was listed for 1 week thereafter.The plea had further sought a transfer of the matter from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi alleging failure of the State Government to take action against the accused persons.As per news reports, on September 14, a 19-year-old Dalit woman was abducted and then gang raped by four upper-caste men who then subjected her to brutal torture by breaking her bones and cutting off her tongue. She passed away on Tuesday, the 29th of September, and was cremated by police officials in the middle of the night without the consent of her family.It was submitted in the petition, filed by Advocate Sanjeev Malhotra on behalf of social activist Satyama Dubey, that the statement of the police that the cremation was carried out as per the wishes of the family is false as “the police personnel himself buried the dead body of the deceased even media personnel has also been banned as per the information received (sic)”.The plea underlines the issue that the police authorities have not performed their duties and are shielding the accused. Additionally, the family of the victim is being victimized by upper-caste persons.The plea contends that the “Petitioner herein is demanding justice for the victim for the brutal attack, rape and murder of the victim”.In view of the same, it seeks for directions to the Union of India and other concerned authorities for a fair investigation and to transfer the same to CBI or to form an SIT under a sitting or retired Judge of the Supreme Court/High Court.Lastly, it prays for the transfer of the trial from Hathras, Uttar Pradesh to Delhi and for an order for speedy trial.Next Storylast_img read more

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Europa to purchase offshore Ireland licence from DNO

first_imgThe acquisition of FEL 3/19 will offer Europa with a crucial strategic position in the Slyne Basinandis gas play Europa has agreed to purchase offshore Ireland licence from DNO. (Credit: wasi1370 from Pixabay) Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) has agreed to purchase offshore Ireland licence from DNO near Corrib gas field in the Slyne Basin.The conditional deal includes the acquisition of a 100% stake in Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 3/19, offshore Ireland.The acquisition of FEL 3/19 is said to add 1.2 tcfEdge prospect to the company’s inventory in Ireland. It is also comprised of around 1.5tcf Inishkea prospect on the company’s 100%-owned FEL4/19.The deal, which is subject to regulatory sign-off, will offer the company a crucial strategic position in the  Slyne Basinandis gas play in line with the refocusing of its portfolio in Ireland towards gas.Situated 18km east of the producing Corrib gas field, the FEL 3/19 was earlier the LO16/23 block that DNO purchased following the acquisition of Faroe Petroleum.Europa is purchasing a 100% interest in the licence from DNOfor a nominal upfront fee, as well as granting of a 5% net profits interest (NPI) over future production of gas and liquids from any accumulation on FEL 3/19 to DNO.Europa has classified FELs 3/19 and 4/19 as lower risk infrastructure-led explorationEuropa stated that it classifies FELs 3/19 and 4/19 as lower risk infrastructure-led exploration and the company’s forward plan include the relaunching of FEL 3/19 farm out to increase its strategic position.Europa interim CEO and executive chairman Simon Oddie said: “Both Edge and Inishkea are viewed as being drill ready and our aim will be to secure a partner or partners to fund drilling activity on one or both licences at the earliest opportunity.“Together with ongoing work on the ground to bring the Wressle field in Lincolnshire into production in H2 2020at an initial gross rate of 500bopd, which would more than double Europa’s existing UK onshore production to over 200bopd, we are well placed to advance our portfolio of licences up the development curve and in the process generate value for our shareholders.”In September 2019, Europa secured an exploration permit for a large, under-explored area of Agadir Basin, offshore Morocco.last_img read more

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Law firm giant snaps up conveyancing broker popular with estate agents

first_imgOne of the leading conveyancing broker platforms used by estate agents – Conveyancing Alliance (CAL) – has been bought by law firm giant O’Neill Patient (ONP) for £27.3  million from parent company ULS Technology.CAL is a broker platform that focuses specifically on the needs of brokers, volume estate agents and their clients, and offers conveyancing services from a panel of well-known law firms including ONP. Its most recent full accounts show it turnover £8.93 million, generating an operating profit of £2.4 million. It has 16 employees.ULS, which also operates the eConveyancer platform, says it has sold CAL because, although it is an “effective but simple conveyancing comparison site for individual mortgage brokers” it does not “support the Group’s vision”.The cash will be used to clear ULS’s debts and the remaining £25 million will be used to develop and launch a platform that will provide consumers with a new and seamless way to move home or remortgage and manage their existing home.CAL is the second purchase ONP has made in the past eight months, the first being of London-based Cavendish Legal Group in March.The company says it has ambitious expansion plans, with further acquisitions planned for next year.CEO Andy Scaife (pictured) says: “I want to emphasise the importance that we place on all introducers, panel managers, brokers and estate agents.“We have worked hard over a number of years to build close working relationships and we intend to continue to work with all of our customer partners, across the industry, to provide the same exemplary service we have become well known for.”Read more about O’Neill Patient.Conveyancing Alliance ULS Technologies econveyancer O’Neill Patient November 1, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentDavid Jabbari | Solicitor | Founder and CEO of Muve | [email protected] |, Muve Muve 1st December 2020 at 10:46 amThis is one of the more interesting deals in the legal market so far this year, with ONP stepping out from its traditional focus on fulfilment directly into lead generation. Perhaps a recognition by ONP that it needed to keep up with the other major PE-backed law firm group, MyHomeMove (MHM)/ Simplify, in acquiring sources of new work rather than just building capacity. I am not sure that there is a very clear strategy underlying the acquisitions activity of either group. They are under pressure from their backers to acquire, above all acquire! But that’s a bit like shopping on the high street during lockdown. MHM are buying up local law firm brands but how good is the tech being bought, the working practices, and above all the introducer relationships? ONP – which is very much an affinity provider (the law firm sitting behind the introducer brand) – is now making tentative steps into direct relationships via Cavendish and CAL. The acquisition of CAL makes sense but is panel management really the way the conveyancing market is likely to evolve when it cannot offer price transparency or uniform delivery quality? I can’t see the need for a plethora of local brands and presence, nor a panel management capability, to make a significant inroad into the national conveyancing market.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Law firm giant snaps up conveyancing broker popular with estate agents previous nextProducts & ServicesLaw firm giant snaps up conveyancing broker popular with estate agentsO’Neill Patient has bought specialist Conveyancing Alliance from tech PLC ULS for £27.3 million.Nigel Lewis1st November 20201 Comment687 Viewslast_img read more

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