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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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Withers picks new head of family law

Withers has promoted family law partner Julian Lipson to head its family practice. Lipson ;replaces ;Gill Doran, who is set to return to a fee-earning role in the practice. Withers managing director Margaret Robertson said the swap reflected a long-term succession strategy. “Gill ;wanted ;to ;see ­someone younger come into the role while she was […]

Bupa panel strategy wins fees reduction

BUPA general counsel Paul Newton’s tough stance on law firm billing has resulted in firms pitching for panel places accepting substantial reductions on fees. Newton, who began reviewing the firms retained for M&A, litigation and NHS procurement work in February, said the process would result in a 30 per cent reduction in the cost of […]

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Max Mosley privacy case costs to hit £1m

The legal costs in ­Formula 1 chief Max Mosley’s five-day privacy suit against the News of the World are set to hit £1m. The ;legal ;costs ;in ­Formula ;1 ;chief ;Max Mosley’s five-day privacy suit against the News of the World are set to hit £1m. Mosley took action against the Sunday newspaper after it secretly filmed him taking part in […]

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