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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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Finders aren't always keepers

When solicitor Anne Hind, of Blackpool-based firm John Budd & Co, took on a client seeking legal advice over ownership of a medieval brooch he had found, she could not have anticipated the extent to which the case would run. And Hind’s experience and her past brushes with the laws of treasure trove did little […]

Lloyd's lawyers pull off syndicates auction

LLOYD’S of London’s first-ever auction of places on syndicates has proved a major success for the corporation’s lawyers. The auctions resulted in £246 million of syndicate capacity being traded for a total value of £4.2 million. The legal team, led by in-house solicitor Tim Cargill, spent six months building a unique auction mechanism. Cargill was […]

LCD staff go out on strike

STAFF from the Lord Chancellor’s Department are on strike over Government plans to “privatise” the computing and administration functions of the County and Crown Courts. Starting in London at the Court Service head office, stoppages are expected to spread nationally through all staff in the courts, including the Royal Courts of Justice. The National Union […]

Merged firm makes play for Europe

CITY firm Druces & Attlee is striking out for the European legal market after an amalgamation move brought in a batch of new overseas clients. Druces has joined up with Michael Pearson and his firm Herringtons. It has also taken on new partners Stephen Baister and David Thomas. Pearson, formerly senior partner with Herringtons, brings […]

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