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Consumer loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs

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 […]

Are robots writing your will?

By Aidan Grant Law firm VWV conducted a poll which found that the majority of people asked are wary about the use of artificial intelligence in the preparation of wills, with almost a third of respondents saying that they would not want any artificial involvement at all. It must be said that, as with many stories, […]

Adjudication decisions: Avoiding enforcement where the money may disappear

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 […]

Data Protection Officer: Bar Association makes announcement on overlapping roles

The General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association («PBA») has finally announced its position on the situation of lawyers who act as Data Protection Officers («DPOs»). This announcement clarifies the PBA’s understanding on holding the position of DPO while practising as a lawyer. The PBA’s position appears in Opinion no. 14/PP/2018-G, published on 28 September […]

Cayman Islands economic substance requirements

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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Clifford Chance reinstates NQ salary benchmark

Clifford Chance has upped newly qualified lawyers’ salaries, returning pay scales to pre-September 2003 levels. Newly-qualifieds will be now paid £50,000, the same rate they enjoyed before Clifford Chance introduced a review of lawyers’ salaries in April last year which saw pay-packets cut from £50,000 to £48,000 for those joining the firm after September 2003. […]

Mediation upturn hit by Court of Appeal ruling

Hopes of a sudden rise in mediation have been shattered after the Court of Appeal ruled against fining two companies that refused to consider alternative dispute resolution. In the long awaited action on the joint appeal of Halsey v Milton Keynes NHS Trust and Steel v Joy, the court laid down the principle that litigants […]

Hengeler Mueller selects new management

Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller has elected a new management team replacing its managing partners for Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. Christof Jackle will take over from Hendrik Haag as head of the Frankfurt office. While Matthias Blaum take on responsibility for Dusseldorf from Gerd Krieger. Both appointments are for a two-year term. Haag […]

Sidley Austin clients round on tax shelter ruling

More than 40 former Sidley Austin Brown & Wood clients are to appeal a ruling by a US federal judge last week, ordering the US firm to turn over clients’ names to the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) in relation to a tax shelter investigation. In November 2003 a Senate subcommittee report revealed that legacy firm […]

Squire Sanders pursues China with Shanghai opening

Squire Sanders & Dempsey is continuing its push into China with the official opening of its Shanghai office. The firm obtained its license to practice in Shanghai on 6 April. Squire Sanders’ Beijing managing partner Dan Roules, who also is in charge of co-ordinating the firm’s China practices, will head up the office and will […]

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