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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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Tentative steps to full liberalisation

Noises on liberalisation of legal services across the world are now beginning to sound more positive. Whilst the International Bar Association grapples with the issue, the Americans, Japanese and CCBE are also on the case. Now the Chinese are sending out signals that they too may be prepared to look at the issue again. This […]

Auditing the experts

Chris Mallon looks at past insolvency cases and suggests what not to look for when you are hiring an expert witness. Chris Mallon is head of insolvency at Biddle. Since 1981, and particularly during the last 10 years, we have seen the appearance of the expert witness in almost every type of case, not always […]

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Cameron McKenna acted for property company Moorfield Estates in its joint venture with US investor The Blackstone Group, advised by Freshfields. The venture purchased Arundel Great Court for £94.5m from Legal & General, advised by Lawrence Graham.

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Geoff Hoon has the tough job of making conditional fees work and, despite his genial nature, he is taking a hard-line position to ensure the profession sets up a market for them, as Robert Lindsay discovers Waiting in a soulless reception room in the office block that is the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), the photographer […]

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