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Jersey: Privy Council upholds disclosure notices in leading tax case

The Privy Council has confirmed that the powers of the Comptroller of Taxes and the Attorney General to require the production of pre-existing documents do not violate the privilege against self-incrimination under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Pursuant to the Taxation (Exchange of Information with Third Countries) (Jersey) Regulations 2008, the […]

Employing International students : Part 2

By Rachel Harvey The rules around employing international students whilst they are still studying, the position when their course has finished and the steps needed to be able to retain them are complex. We consider these areas, the common pitfalls and how to avoid them! The number of international graduates seeking to remain in the […]

Court of Appeal indicates TVGs now a less effective weapon against development

By Andrew Beck Walker Morris’ Andrew Beck explains that developers will welcome a recent Court of Appeal decision which is likely to result in Town and Village Green (TVG) applications becoming a less effective weapon against development. TVGs – The story so far In our previous briefing, we explain in some detail TVG registrations and the […]

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Australian law firm believed to have charged £14m in robust defence of bank Freehills has successfully defended the National Australia Bank (NAB) in a claim for A$56bn (£20.2bn) which has gripped the nation. Freehills is believed to have pocketed an estimated A$40m (£14.4m) in legal fees for the defence.NAB was sued by inventor and small […]

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ICI’s favoured law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) are acting on the chemical company’s discounted share issue, worth £808m, which will raise money to reduce the company’s £2.9bn debt.ICI has retained Freshfields to advise it on the issue. A&O has been instructed by established clients Goldman Sachs, UBS Warburg and Merrill […]

Reed Smith management rejig sees two arrivals

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