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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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Linklaters acts for BP in liquid gold takeover

Oil is indeed turning out to be liquid gold for Linklaters. The firm is acting for BP Amoco in its proposed u15bn-plus takeover of US oil group Atlantic Richfield (Arco). The deal, announced last week, will be the second huge transaction Linklaters has worked on for BP in under a year. The firm acted for […]

Survey reveals threat to mid-sized sets

Medium-sized barristers’ chambers are being squeezed out of the profession, according to the most comprehensive survey ever of the Bar. Chambers with between 11 and 30 members are the most vulnerable with more sets in this category losing members than gaining them. Over 50 per cent of barristers switching sets moved to larger sets with […]

New insurance for PI cases

Lawyers are welcoming a legal insurance firm’s new conditional fee policies which cover pre-proceedings disbursements in personal injury cases – even if a case is abandoned before it reaches court. A spokesman for Essex-based Amicus Legal says he believes that it is the only company offering policies on a case-by-case basis, which will cover the […]

Baker & McKenzie launches fourth German office

Baker & McKenzie is opening a new office in Dusseldorf – the firm’s fourth base in Germany. The Dusseldorf office, with two partners and three associates, will concentrate on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, general business and commercial law. German partners Hans-Jorg Ziegenhain and Jurgen Mark will head the team. The move will strengthen the […]

Barristers' pay is more than enough

Your article “Barristers fight solicitors for share of a shrinking market” (The Lawyer, 21 June) suggests barristers can compete effectively on price by charging a “very low rate” of #50 per hour, and that their overheads are around 25 per cent of earnings. Let’s do some calculations on this. Suppose these barristers work for 30 […]

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