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Consumer loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs

By Mateja Ule In the past years, Slovenian courts have been faced with several actions filed by consumers requesting the court to declare loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs null and void. While the courts of first and second instance seemed to struggle to find a common approach in assessing the validity of Swiss francs loan […]

Are robots writing your will?

By Aidan Grant Law firm VWV conducted a poll which found that the majority of people asked are wary about the use of artificial intelligence in the preparation of wills, with almost a third of respondents saying that they would not want any artificial involvement at all. It must be said that, as with many stories, […]

Adjudication decisions: Avoiding enforcement where the money may disappear

By Michael Bennett The losing party in an adjudication always asks one question – do we really have to pay?  In most cases the answer will be yes, but the list of reasons for saying no just got slightly longer. The recent Court of Appeal case of Gosvenor London Limited v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited [2018] EWCA […]

Data Protection Officer: Bar Association makes announcement on overlapping roles

The General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association («PBA») has finally announced its position on the situation of lawyers who act as Data Protection Officers («DPOs»). This announcement clarifies the PBA’s understanding on holding the position of DPO while practising as a lawyer. The PBA’s position appears in Opinion no. 14/PP/2018-G, published on 28 September […]

Cayman Islands economic substance requirements

By Nick Rogers, David McIntyre From 1 January 2019, new legislation will come into effect in the Cayman Islands, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in Cayman. The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 was passed on 17 December 2018, after an extensive process of consultation with the EU […]

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Ashursts loses five from property dept

The exodus from Ashurst Morris Crisp’s property department is continuing as five lawyers prepare to leave the firm. Senior lawyer Stephen Law is leaving Ashursts to join his former colleague Peter Lloyd, head of property at US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey, as a real estate attorney. Helen Willett, also a senior lawyer in property, […]

US firm sets up provincial office

The technology firm is taking the bulk of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice, with lawyers Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis all joining the firm. Brobeck’s London managing partner Tom Kellerman says: “We targeted the M4 corridor because it has become an internationally recognised technology centre. “Our new team will provide us with […]

BBLP steps up alliance plans after partner loss

BBLP is rushing through its plans to complete a full merger of its continental European alliance this year in the face of aggressive expansion from rival firms. The alliance, including Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener, Moquet Borde & Associes, Pavia e Ansaldo and Meyer Lustenberger & Partner, originally planned to consolidate the partnership in 2001. […]

Wall Street cash

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has been on the hunt for a UK qualified partner for almost a year, but as Catrin Griffiths reports, the hiked-up salaries of US firms are not enough to recruit from the magic circle. On the face of it, it seems ludicrous. Here is a prestigious, fabulously profitable, classic Wall Street […]

A letter from Manchester

If the television companies are making programmes here, it must be buzzing. Cold Feet, The Royle Family and Queer as Folk – all highly successful TV series set in the North West – show that the region is vigorous and culturally diverse enough to have attracted and sparked media imagination. Meanwhile, Brookside and Coronation Street […]

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