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Cartels in Romania

Government Emergency Ordinance 39/2017 of 31 May 2017 transposed the EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions (2014/104/EU) into national law and made a number of other amendments to the Competition Law (21/1996), including as follows: • The definition of an undertaking has been modified. • Undertakings that engage in the modern trade of foodstuffs and […]

Social Housing Monthly Law Update – November 2018

By David Isaacson TLT provides monthly law update on all things affecting social housing. Key highlights of this month include:  New ICO GDPR guidance: Passwords and encryption in online services and websites  Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): important changes  Government announces new generation of council housing  Continuity of planning (environmental) requirements when the UK leaves […]

Romania: Supreme Court renders decision on the point of law

By Dana Rădulescu, Anca Băițan Supreme Court’s Decision highlights The Supreme Court rendered the Decision no. 53 rendered on June 18, 2018, recently published in the Official Gazette on November 5, 2018, on the point of law (the ”Decision”). To put things in context, we mention that the Supreme Court renders a Decision on the […]

Impact of UK property changes on Jersey and Guernsey structures

The UK Government has announced that with effect from April 2019, it intends to bring non-UK investors into scope for either capital gains tax (“CGT”) or corporation tax (“CT”) on any direct or indirect gains made in relation to investments in UK property. Jersey and Guernsey have responded to the public consultations and liaised with […]

Switzerland – Proposed new class action procedure

By Dr Urs Feller, Nina Lim In Switzerland, typical class actions as known in many other jurisdictions are not available. However, ‘Dieselgate’ and similar cases also affect consumers in Switzerland. If a large number of people suffer the same or similar damage, each has to file their claim individually. While total damages are usually large the individual […]

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London sole practitioner Jitesh Thakrar who has won almost £30,000 after Thames Valley Police threw the solicitor into jail along with the clients. Thakrar, who runs a civil law practice in Southall, was arrested and left in a cell in his underpants for 14 hours after taking clients to a police station – an experience […]

Swedes welcome plan to broaden LLPs

Swedish lawyers at the conference welcomed their government’s plans to broaden the scope of limited liability partnerships (LLP). Currently, the rules allow firms to operate as LLPs, but a clause in the country’s Companies Act does not protect partners if the firm is sued for negligence. President of the Swedish Bar Association Elisabet Fura-Sandstrom says: […]

Fosters legal chief tells firms to think global or lose partners

Law firms must develop global capacities if they are to stop the latest generation of lawyers moving from private practice to in-house, says Peter Turner, head of legal at Fosters Brewing Group. Turner warns that national firms face being unable to keep pace with their clients’ increasing global interests. Turner says: “Law firms are risk-averse […]

Clyde & Co partner opts for in-house post at GEC

Clyde & Co partner David Bartlett is leaving the firm to go in-house as vice-president and legal counsel for a FTSE-100 company. Bartlett, who works in the aviation and finance group, will join GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), part of General Electric group (GEC), in January. He says: “Leaving partnership at one of the leading […]

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