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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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The Lawyer is launching a series of UK-based in-house forums to allow company lawyers the opportunity to meet with their peers. The first forum will be held on the afternoon of the 25 January at the Barbican in London, with others to follow on 16 May and 26 September. Participants include the director of group […]

Richards Butler rejects private practice for top in-house talent

Richards Butler is rejecting traditional private practice lateral hires in favour of taking on in-house counsel. Chris Schulten, chief executive at Richards Butler, says the firm is increasingly turning to in-house counsel rather than private practice for new blood. He says: “It is not a usual direction and you do not see a lot of […]

Rosenblatt in Brands Hatch takeover plan

Rosenblatt is advising long-term client Brands Hatch on Interpublic’s £120m takeover bid. Senior partner Ian Rosenblatt who is leading a team of four on the deal, says Brands Hatch has assured him that the firm will be retained after completion. Property and planning partner Howard Salter is also working on the deal, which consists of […]

Rowe & Maw plans Hong Kong office

City firm Rowe & Maw is set to open in Hong Kong next year. The firm is talking exclusively to an unnamed Chinese law firm. A Rowe & Maw source says the firm is finalising plans for the tie-up. He says: “We are in discussions about opening up in Hong Kong. We have been in […]

..as firm advises Vodafone on bid

Linklaters & Alliance is understood to be advising communications giant Vodafone on its hostile bid – estimated at more than $100bn (£62.5bn) – for Mannesmann and Orange. The Lawyer understands the Alliance’s London office and its German firm, Oppenhoff & Radler, have been enlisted to prepare the legal framework for the takeover. Linklaters acted for […]

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