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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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Professional negligence: Getting well soon?

Changes to the way the medical profession is regulated are being brought in for good reasons – but concerns about how they will be implemented still remain. There are two fundamental areas of reform currently ongoing in the regulation of the healthcare professions – namely, the separation of functions and the introduction of the civil […]

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Law’s arch-regulator appoints first ever board

Irwin Mitchell’s Michael Napier QC and ex Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin are among the first-ever members of the Legal Services Board. Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier QC and former Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin (pictured) are among the first-ever members of the Legal Services Board (LSB), which was confirmed today. Appointed by Lord […]

Hammonds client scores £17bn Sellafield contract

Hammonds has pulled off a coup in the nuclear sector by advising the winning bidder on the £17bn decommissioning of Sellafield. Nuclear Management Partners, which was advised by Hammonds partners Rupert Cowen and Jonathan Leech, has won the contract to decommission the site, after successfully negotiating the deal under new ­procurement techniques. Hammonds’ client, a […]

France’s Gide seeks trainees in the City

French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is to hire trainee solicitors in London for the first time in a bid to bolster its burgeoning City arm. The Paris-based firm, which launched its London office five years ago, plans to recruit at least two trainees from March 2009. This number is likely to be increased in […]

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