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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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Howard's political posturing over justice

Rather than trying to score points over Jack Straw, Bruce Houlder thinks it’s time Home Secretary Michael Howard took a far more responsible approach towards jury trials> The Home Secretary’s reforming zeal appears all too often to be motivated by considerations which have little to do with justice, but all to do with being seen […]

In brief: Race campaigner Higgins dies suddenly

Grace Higgins, who successfully fought for a better deal for black and Asian bar students, died after an epileptic fit last month. In 1992, Higgins successfully pressurised the Bar Council and Council of Legal Education into remedying restrictive practises which she felt were contributing to black and Asian people failing their Bar finals. She brought […]

The dinosaur runs and runs

Paul Marsh’s observations on property selling by solicitors (The Lawyer, 11 February) are intriguing. He refers to instances of two claims against the Compensation Fund within my constituency of Surrey. Is he seriously suggesting that grants paid out in these cases were in respect of claims against solicitors acting in their capacity as estate agents? […]

Commons committee slams legal aid tests

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons has criticised the lack of judicial accountability for criminal legal aid means testing, saying that magistrates’ courts have no incentive to get means assessments right. Taking evidence from Sir Thomas Legg, permanent secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week, the committee expressed concern at the […]

McKenna's lawyer gets US movie role

The Movie Picture Association of America, which represents the political, copyright and public relations interests of major studios worldwide, has selected Peter Valert, a lawyer with the Prague office of McKennas, as its official Czech representative. The MPA wishes to have stronger links with the Czech Republic following a visit by MPA president Jack Valenti […]

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