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Jersey lodges the draft Taxation Law 201

Jersey has lodged the draft Taxation (Companies – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 201- (the “Law”). The Law, once adopted, is intended to meet the commitment made by Jersey to address certain concerns raised by the EU Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation (the “Code Group”) in relation to the need for relevant businesses to […]

Bulgaria: Companies required to register their beneficial owners by February 2019

By Gergana Roussinova Companies have until 1 February 2019 to register their beneficial owners in the Bulgarian Commercial Register and Register for Non-profit Legal Persons (the “Commercial Register“). This obligation comes as a result of the adoption of a new Law on the measures against money laundering in March this year (the “AML Law“). Who is obligated under […]

Importance of prohibition on the collateral use of disclosed documents

By Sonia Tolaney, Sandy Phipps CPR 31.22 provides that disclosed documents may be used only for the purpose of the proceedings in which they were disclosed without the consent of the disclosing party or the Court’s permission. It is well established that this rule, known as the collateral use prohibition, applies both to the disclosed documents themselves […]

Supreme Court’s refusal on Barnardo’s switching to CPI

By Ian J Gordon, Simon Davies, Chris Edwards-Earl The Barnardo’s scheme’s rules stated that uprating of benefits must be based on the “general index of retail prices or any replacement adopted by the trustees without prejudicing approval”. While the retail price index (RPI) continues to be published (i.e. not “replaced”), the Supreme Court found it is not open […]

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Birmingham four go next door

John Malpas reports A BIRMINGHAM set has been hit by the defection of a quartet of criminal barristers, including one of its most senior tenants. The barristers, led by Stephen Thomas, have moved from 8 Fountain Court to its neighbour 7 Fountain Court. The defection follows the recent death of 8 Fountain Court’s long-standing head […]

Notts lawyers warn about low-cost advice

Nottinghamshire Law Society has launched a campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the risks of unqualified people marketing low-cost legal advice. The society, which represents 748 solicitors, is concerned about adverts by unqualified firms and claims assessors offering cheap will and probate and no win, no fee services. It has hired a local public […]

Awaiting the sound of silence

The House of Lords is being asked to consider whether the legal battle over night flights into Heathrow should end where it stands with July’s Court of Appeal ruling in favour of the Government’s backing for upgrading the level of flights. But a top environmental lawyer who is closely involved in the action has accused […]

Personal injury seminar raises money for charity

John Malpas reports THE TAKINGS of a seminar on personal injury law have been donated to a charity which helps head injury victims. The Headway National Head Injuries Association was the grateful recipient of the £1,500 raised at the seminar held jointly by common law set Goldsmith Building and forensic accountants Frenkel Topping Structured Settlements. […]

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