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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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Lovells raids Dewey for corporate finance ace

Lovells is gearing up to reap the benefits of the upcoming EU accession by taking on a specialist corporate finance partner from Dewey Ballantine. Stephen Jones will join the firm today (9 February) after spending a number of years practising in Central and Eastern Europe, first in Warsaw as the managing lawyer of a joint […]

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The Hilton Metropole on Edgware Road was simply brimming with 600 Clifford Chance partners last Friday (6 February). Amid all the pep talks, the workshops and the general joy, you can bet that at least a little of the chat was about shifting £30m in bank borrowings right back to the partners. That £30m – […]

Irwin Mitchell bids for growth with Newcastle office expansion

Irwin Mitchell’s fledgling Newcastle office has taken on additional space at its Grey Street premises. The 10-lawyer operation already occupies 2,000 sq ft at Gainsborough House and the firm is taking a further 5,175 sq ft of first floor office space from managing landlord Sanderson Weatherall. John Davis, head of Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office, said: […]

2MCB barristers given option of leaving

Barristers at 2 Mitre Court Buildings (2MCB) were told last week that they were free to look for new homes as part of the planning set’s long-term strategy. The set has suffered the departures of several key tenants. In 2001, the set boasted eight silks and a total of 20 tenants; today it has just […]

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