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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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In brief: Clarke Willmott acquires property practice

South-West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke has acquired Bridgwater commercial property legal practice Michael Evans & Company. Clarke Willmott has 35 partners and 350 staff, and following the acquisition last month, the 18-strong staff of the target firm is moving into Clarke Willmott’s offices in Bridgwater, where partner Andrew Hannam will remain in charge. Pictured […]

UK 'lock-in' deters investors

Immigration solicitors have warned that wealthy entrepreneurs and millionaire investors visiting the UK will be “locked” into the country for three months, owing to Home Office personnel and computing problems. The Home Office wrote to immigration solicitors last month, warning them that business immigration applications for businesspersons and investors received after 7 December would go […]

Corporate investors' risk costs will rise under SFA

Corporate investors at Lloyd’s are likely to see the costs of underwriting rise as the insurance market is brought under the direct supervision of the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The current draft of the Financial Services and Markets Bill gives extensive supervisory powers to the FSA over Lloyd’s, and the City regulator is likely to […]

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 […]

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