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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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Herbert Smith raids DWS for finance duo

Herbert Smith has swooped on Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) acquisition finance team and hired two of the firm’s remaining three leveraged specialists. Chris Fanner and Ian Yeo resigned from DWS last week, leaving new partner Catherine Astruc in charge of the group. Their departure dates are understood to be subject to negotiation. The move has underlined Herbert […]

AWG case delayed after Court orders judge change

The start of the trial over AWG’s £130m claim against Sir Fraser Morrison has been delayed after the Court of Appeal yesterday (5 December) ordered judge Mr Justice Evans-Lombe to recuse himself. The defendants had asked Evans-Lombe J to stand down from the case after it emerged that he is friends with an AWG witness. […]

199 Strand set to dissolve in February

199 Strand has become the largest-ever civil set to break up, citing the pressures of competition, consolidation and less litigation as causes. On Wednesday 30 November, the 40-member set agreed to dissolve on 28 February 2006, giving members time to find new homes. Business development director Martin Griffiths told The Lawyer: “What’s provoked this is that a […]

Turnover up 59 per cent at Watson Burton

Watson Burton has seen its half-year turnover rocket by 59 per cent. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (28 November), the North East firm, currently in the higher reaches of The Lawyer Rising 50, posted a six month-figure of £10.8m, up from £6.8m for the same period last year. If the firm’s fee income continues to […]

BLP converts to LLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest UK firm to agree to convert to limited liability partnership (LLP) status. Following a partnership vote on 31 October, the firm has converted to LLP status, effective from today (1 December). Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “The conversion process has been very smooth.”

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