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By Mateja Ule In the past years, Slovenian courts have been faced with several actions filed by consumers requesting the court to declare loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs null and void. While the courts of first and second instance seemed to struggle to find a common approach in assessing the validity of Swiss francs loan […]

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By Michael Bennett The losing party in an adjudication always asks one question – do we really have to pay?  In most cases the answer will be yes, but the list of reasons for saying no just got slightly longer. The recent Court of Appeal case of Gosvenor London Limited v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited [2018] EWCA […]

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By Nick Rogers, David McIntyre From 1 January 2019, new legislation will come into effect in the Cayman Islands, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in Cayman. The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 was passed on 17 December 2018, after an extensive process of consultation with the EU […]

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Pinsents appoints first forensic accountant for new department

Pinsent Curtis has hired its first-ever forensic accountant from long-term client Sarnatech BNL, following the lead of Clifford Chance. Tony Chapman is joining the national firm’s Leeds office in September. His first job will be to recruit a forensic accounting team to work under him and alongside the litigation practice. The group will be based […]

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Midlands firm Lee Crowder has been dropped from 3i’s panel after 50 years. The move comes after a review at the venture capital house which, in 1996, accounted for 28 per cent of the law firm’s turnover. But over the past few years the firm has braced itself for the decision, which has been rumoured […]

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