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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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Derbyshire courts told to clean up their act

DERBYSHIRE Magistrates Courts Committee (MCC) has been told to improve its “inappropriate” arrangements for dealing with prisoners and security arrangements for the safety of court users. Conditions in “many” of the MCC’s 11 courtrooms “are very poor,” according to a report by the Magistrates Courts Service Inspectorate (MCSI) published last week. These include magistrates having […]

Rush to get Accident Line insurance

FIRMS have been flocking to join up to the Law Society’s £85 no win no fee insurance scheme, according to Chancery Lane officials. Nine hundred of the 1,300 Accident Line offices had signed up for insurance by the time the Law Society’s Accident Line Protect scheme was launched last week. David Hartley, of the Law […]

Top secret documents dumped in skip

THE FORMER partners of a now defunct London libel practice have initiated an urgent investigation after stacks of the firm’s confidential documents ended up in a building skip. The files were dumped among the rubbish as builders gutted the old Soho Square office of Wright Webb Syrett and were discovered and read by drinkers at […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 22/08/95

RICHARD LAWRENCE BRADY, 45, admitted 1976, practised as Richard L Brady & Co, West Drayton, Middlesex, struck off. Allegations substantiated he had been convicted of criminal offence and served jail sentence. Tribunal was told Brady had been jailed for four months after pleading guilty at Southwark Crown Court on 12 December, to procuring execution of […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 22/08/95

Liability for damage by juvenile offenders Bedfordshire County Council v Director of Public Prosecutions (1995). DC (Stuart-Smith LJ and Butterfield J) 31/7/95. Summary: A local authority must be found to be at fault before compensation can be awarded against it for damage done by young persons in its care. Council’s appeal against dismissal of its […]

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