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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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Threadneedle legal head jumps ship to BGI

Threadneedle Investments has lost its legal chief to the asset management arm of Barclays Bank. Tom O’Connor has joined Barclays Global Investors (BGI) as head of legal for Europe. In his new role, O’Connor will report to Duncan Walker, BGI’s head of products, services and regulatory affairs, Europe. O’Connor joined Threadneedle, which was sold off […]

James Chapman sweating over Man Utd in-house hire

Manchester United FC’s principal legal adviser James Chapman & Co is on tenterhooks as it awaits the appointment of the club’s first in-house lawyer. Manchester United FC’s principal legal adviser James Chapman & Co is on tenterhooks as it awaits the appointment of the club’s first in-house lawyer. Man Utd, which was recently taken over by US sports tycoon […]

Cobbetts adds seven new partners

Cobbetts has promoted seven associates to partner, lifting the total number of partners in the firm to 147. The promotions are primarily in Manchester, but cover the firm’s main practice areas. Catherine Haslam and Kate Bouchier both become property partners in Manchester, while Ed Frankland and Rob Turner have been made up in the litigation […]

Careers: People

Midlands firm Heatons Solicitors has recruited Birmingham corporate specialist Helen Gasser to join the corporate finance team. Gasser joins from Eversheds in Birmingham. Leeds firm Lee & Priestley has appointed a new solicitor to the employment department. Farha Leadbetter joins from the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (Aire) Centre, where she provided specialist advice […]

Endeavour Partnership invents fee scheme to help the NSPCC

North East firm the Endeavour Partnership has joined forces with the NSPCC in a novel fundraising scheme. The firm was approached by the Institute of Directors, which sponsors the NSPCC, to back the charity, but instead came up with a new way of supporting the group and its projects, which involves splitting fees on selected […]

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