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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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In brief: Michael Scanlan

Michael Scanlan, senior partner at Glasgow family law specialist Russells Gibson McCaffrey, has taken over as president of the Law Society of Scotland. He replaces Philip Dry, whose parting shot involved presenting the new Scottish parliament with a “manifesto for change”, suggesting reforms for all areas of Scottish law.

CC and Linklaters act in Whitbread purchase

Clifford Chance and Linklaters have come to the end of a midnight run to complete the purchase of Allied Domecq’s retail arm by Whitbread. The u2.3bn deal was finally completed on 25 May after teams at both firms worked throughout the night to reach an agreement. Pending a completion period ending 2 August, Whitbread, represented […]

Osborne Clarke loses environment expert

Bournemouth firm Lester Aldridge has poached planning and environmental expert Andrew Hignett from Osborne Clarke. Hignett, 45, now heads the firm’s planning and environmental unit as a partner. He previously headed Osborne Clarke’s planning unit as an associate. Hignett says: “The purpose behind the move is to develop my work in the planning and public […]

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