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Cartels in Romania

Government Emergency Ordinance 39/2017 of 31 May 2017 transposed the EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions (2014/104/EU) into national law and made a number of other amendments to the Competition Law (21/1996), including as follows: • The definition of an undertaking has been modified. • Undertakings that engage in the modern trade of foodstuffs and […]

Social Housing Monthly Law Update – November 2018

By David Isaacson TLT provides monthly law update on all things affecting social housing. Key highlights of this month include:  New ICO GDPR guidance: Passwords and encryption in online services and websites  Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): important changes  Government announces new generation of council housing  Continuity of planning (environmental) requirements when the UK leaves […]

Romania: Supreme Court renders decision on the point of law

By Dana Rădulescu, Anca Băițan Supreme Court’s Decision highlights The Supreme Court rendered the Decision no. 53 rendered on June 18, 2018, recently published in the Official Gazette on November 5, 2018, on the point of law (the ”Decision”). To put things in context, we mention that the Supreme Court renders a Decision on the […]

Impact of UK property changes on Jersey and Guernsey structures

The UK Government has announced that with effect from April 2019, it intends to bring non-UK investors into scope for either capital gains tax (“CGT”) or corporation tax (“CT”) on any direct or indirect gains made in relation to investments in UK property. Jersey and Guernsey have responded to the public consultations and liaised with […]

Switzerland – Proposed new class action procedure

By Dr Urs Feller, Nina Lim In Switzerland, typical class actions as known in many other jurisdictions are not available. However, ‘Dieselgate’ and similar cases also affect consumers in Switzerland. If a large number of people suffer the same or similar damage, each has to file their claim individually. While total damages are usually large the individual […]

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In brief: McGrigor Donald partner joins Hammonds

Former McGrigor Donald partner David Baylis is now a partner in the corporate finance unit at Hammond Suddards. Baylis, who was at Allen & Overy for 10 years before joining McGrigor Donald, is being appointed as part of the firm’s programme of growth in the corporate finance field.

Use lottery to pick peers says barrister

A BARRISTER has won a national award for his plan to use a weekly national lottery draw to choose members of the House of Lords. Chancery specialist Daniel Lightman is this year’s winner of the Politics Social Innovations Award, handed out by the Institute for Social Innovations. In his entry, the barrister from Charles Sparrow […]

Take a risk by being positive

Risk management is a concept which does not sit easily with the legal profession. But lawyers are soon to have a rude awakening on this front when Lord Irvine’s reforms begin to take shape. The idea is that, since they make money out of cases, they should be willing to fork out money to support […]

Ringing the changes at the Bar. Victoria Thompson urges chambers to reorganise to survive

Many solicitors still perceive the Bar as being a long way from providing an efficient, business-like or even courteous service. But with the changing economic climate, survival and growth is guaranteed only for those sets that are client-led and focused. Solicitors are simply demanding value for money and business professionalism. If the Bar continues to […]

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