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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 […]

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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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“Lawyers are eunuchs… We know how to do it, we see it done every day, yet we don’t do it ourselves.” – John Verrill, vice-president of the Insolvency Lawyers Association. The inappropriately named Verrill is rather piqued that accountants get the exciting bit of winding up companies, leaving emasculated insolvency lawyers to do the backroom […]

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Bibi Berki examines a new solution to help high street firms get to grips with IT. Bibi Berki is a freelance journalist. Whichever way you look at it, the Law Society’s recent IT record is not one to be proud of. Its own much-heralded system Regis was labelled a “complete disaster” as much by those […]

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The sheer size of the British Coal multi-party action has led to firms working for a common goal, writes Chris Fogarty. After several years of case preparation and a hearing in the High Court that lasted 102 days, more than 100,000 former British Coal miners can breathe a little easier. In what is the longest-running […]

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Rebecca Towers finds out what conference providers are offering, but more importantly asks lawyers what they really want. Charged with the task of making legal conferences more dynamic and more relevant to a wider and younger audience, conference organisers have had to re-evaluate the needs of the legal community and re-package their brand for the […]

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