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Impact of Dutch 2019 budget on real estate industry

The Dutch government published important tax measures in its 2019 budget proposals with a potentially significant impact on the Dutch real estate industry. On 15 October 2018 the Dutch government announced that its initial budget proposals of 18 September 2018 will be revised. The Dutch dividend withholding tax will not be abolished as proposed earlier. […]

Supreme Court renders judgement in cases regarding ‘per-element’ approach to Dutch tax consolidation regime

The Supreme Court rendered its judgement in two cases regarding the “per-element approach” to the Dutch tax consolidation regime (fiscal unity). The cases concern: a Dutch interest deduction limitation rule, and; the (non-)deductibility of currency losses on certain participations. On 8 July 2016, the Supreme Court raised preliminary questions to the Court of Justice of the […]

Brazilian democracy and election changes

By Ricardo Junqueiro Getúlio Vargas once said that Brazil fears nothing in the present, prides itself on the past and relies serenely on the future. It is very doubtful that the phrase maintains any type of actuality in the days that run. Neither does the present allow us to dispel fears (on the contrary). Not even the […]

Points to be taken care of if you owe money and can’t pay it back

By David Asker With the average total debt of £58,658 per household in July 2018, based on these figures the total interest on payments over a 12- month period stands at just under £50 billion. On a more relatable level, the celebrity Katie Price is allegedly three weeks away from bankruptcy. Katie is due to […]

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Boon for Clearys in biggest ever deal by HSBC

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is the main legal victor in HSBC’s billion-pound purchase of the Safra empire. Clearys’ New York and London offices are HSBC’s main lawyers in the $10.3bn buyout of US banks Republic New York Corporation and its sister company Safra Republic Holdings. The deal is HSBC’s largest ever and will prove […]

Expert experts head to head

Accountants feel unfairly slighted when their services as expert witnesses are rejected summarily by lawyers, simply because their firm acts as the client’s auditor. The implied perception of bias is, they believe, insulting and unjustified. Are they right? Objectivity and independence are the qualities of an expert, rigorously emphasised by the new Civil Procedure Rules […]

Bevan Ashford to pay damages

Bevan Ashford has been ordered to pay compensation to a trainee solicitor sacked for being drunk in public. Patricia Durham Hall claimed wrongful dismissal and sex discrimination after a colleague reported her as being “very drunk” and unsteady on her feet in Exeter city centre last December. As a result, she was sacked for gross […]

Square Mile

Read the facts in the next few lines, think about them, then read them again. They go to the core of our values as a profession. In the 16 months to the end of December 1998, the OSS received 41,380 complaints against solicitors, an average of 2,586 a month. This represents a 39 per cent […]

Romania promises rich pickings for City firms

The Romanian legal market is set to boom within the next 18 months and City firms may be looking to take advantage according to Nicholas Hammond, former head of Taylor Joynson Garrett’s Bucharest office, who has moved to a US firm Arent Fox based the in city. Bucharest, he says, is a burgeoning market for […]

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