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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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Solicitors give White Paper thumbs up

Despite fierce Bar Council opposition to extending rights of audience, the legal profession is overwhelmingly supporting the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper. Of 100 responses to the paper, 64 backed the proposals, 12 opposed, 11 were neutral or did not comment, and 13 were mixed. The paper, which outlined plans to allow solicitors and Crown prosecutors […]

IBA's Paris-based rival elects English silk for new millennium

THE UNION Internationale des Avocats (UIA) has voted in only its third English president in its 71-year history as the group tries to build bridges with its largely English-speaking rival, the International Bar Association (IBA). At the UIA conference in Nice last month, prominent English barrister Nicholas Stewart QC, who is chairman of the Bar […]

Foil firmly backs Woolf's vision

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. In City Lawyer’s report, “ADR’s latest threat to City litigators” (The Lawyer 24 November), it was incorrect to link my name, the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil) or my firm with the suggestion that […]

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Simmons & Simmons is hosting The Solicitors’ Human Rights Group’s first annual lecture this Tuesday. The lecture, entitled “Finding your way to a human rights practice”, will be given by barrister James Behrens of 13 Old Square. Wednesday evening sees the launch of the no doubt gargantuan Legal 500 at the Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate.

Divorce is no place for 'nasty' lawyers

Leading playwright Terence Frisby believes that the legal profession is ill-equipped to deal with the emotive issues that surround divorce proceedings. It was when a member of staff at the Royal Courts of Justice held a door for me, touched his cap and said, “Morning, Mr Frisby”, that I realised something had gone seriously wrong […]

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