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Jersey lodges the draft Taxation Law 201

Jersey has lodged the draft Taxation (Companies – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 201- (the “Law”). The Law, once adopted, is intended to meet the commitment made by Jersey to address certain concerns raised by the EU Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation (the “Code Group”) in relation to the need for relevant businesses to […]

Bulgaria: Companies required to register their beneficial owners by February 2019

By Gergana Roussinova Companies have until 1 February 2019 to register their beneficial owners in the Bulgarian Commercial Register and Register for Non-profit Legal Persons (the “Commercial Register“). This obligation comes as a result of the adoption of a new Law on the measures against money laundering in March this year (the “AML Law“). Who is obligated under […]

Importance of prohibition on the collateral use of disclosed documents

By Sonia Tolaney, Sandy Phipps CPR 31.22 provides that disclosed documents may be used only for the purpose of the proceedings in which they were disclosed without the consent of the disclosing party or the Court’s permission. It is well established that this rule, known as the collateral use prohibition, applies both to the disclosed documents themselves […]

Supreme Court’s refusal on Barnardo’s switching to CPI

By Ian J Gordon, Simon Davies, Chris Edwards-Earl The Barnardo’s scheme’s rules stated that uprating of benefits must be based on the “general index of retail prices or any replacement adopted by the trustees without prejudicing approval”. While the retail price index (RPI) continues to be published (i.e. not “replaced”), the Supreme Court found it is not open […]

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Tote hires Olswang corporate lawyer to lead privatisation

Olswang corporate lawyer Nigel Roddis is leaving the firm to indulge his enthusiasm for horse racing as head of legal at the Tote. He joins the state-owned betting chain as company solicitor and company secretary as it prepares for privatisation, during a period of flux for the gambling industry. Roddis says: “I wasn’t trawling around […]

Case of the week

One of the tobacco industry’s favourite defences in its continuing court battles fell through this week when a trial in California ended with Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds being ordered to pay $10m (£6.3m) each to Leslie Whiteley, a mother of four who is expected to die from lung cancer within a year. Crucially, Whiteley […]

Sector Insight: Property

Due to the current poor stock performance of most listed property companies lawyers practising in this sector are constantly being kept on their toes. David Wigan explains why. If the London Stock Exchange were a stage, then high-tech and telecoms companies would be the Romeos and the Juliets of the performance. Their allure has bewitched […]

Beating the mid-size crisis

Lawyers often talk about the success of the magic circle firms, but while they are pulling away from the rest of the market, another tier of firms is digging-in to sustain its position in the industry. This is the band of firms that can be described as mid-size – those that are not within the […]

PwC’s German firm takes three department heads

PwC Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft – PricewaterhouseCoopers’ German law firm – has hired three heads of departments and their staff from rival Heuking Kuhn Luer Heussen Wojtek. Head of corporate and employment law Hans Stefan Korsch, head of IP Thomos Kerkhoff, and head of media, IT and telecommunications Michael Schmittmann are moving today (Monday). Schmittmann is well-known […]

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