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Companies to register their beneficial owners in the Bulgarian Commercial Register and Register for Non-profit Legal Persons 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 […]

Commercial Court dismisses allegations of fraud in connection with forex demo accounts

By Robin Henry, Jean-Martin Louw In a highly critical Commercial Court judgment, Mr Justice Knowles has described two investment funds’ allegations of fraud against a forex trading firm as “an elaborate and expensive, unmeritorious attempt” to “throw off their responsibility onto the shoulders of the defendants”. Background The claimants’ business model was to offer investors equity in […]

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Specialist group is gaining ground

THE ASSOCIATION of Personal Injury Lawyers has done its best to resist the temptation to gloat. But the group is delighted at its success in breaking the deadlock between the Law Society and the Bar Council over conditional fee model terms of engagement for counsel. That breakthrough, reported in last week’s issue of The Lawyer, […]

Sentencing event

* ‘Crime and punishment’ is the title of a one-day conference on sentencing at the Lincoln’s Inn Old Hall on 24 April. The conference will feature leading judges, barristers, solicitors and other professionals involved in sentencing policy. They include Judge Stephen Tumin, Chief Inspector of Prisons, Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal […]

SFO wins stay of execution

Top fraud defence solicitors welcome the preservation of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as an independent entity and, in particular, the Government’s call to enlarge its role in order to create a more unified way of dealing with such cases. Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell, who put an end to 18 months of speculation about […]

UK solicitor loses Irish libel action

AN IRISH solicitor has won libel damages of u10,000 against a member of the profession in Britain. Justin Sadleir, of Gort, County Galway, took the action in Galway Circuit Court over a letter written by Joseph Bateman, of Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. The court heard that Sadleir had represented a company called Manorcraft in an action in […]

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