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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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Ruling business before employees

Richard Arthur, partner, Thompsons Fraser Younson, partner, McDermott Will & Emery Ronnie Fox, senior partner, Fox Williams A recent employment tribunal hearing may have toppled the tricky balancing act which listed companies must perform when considering a merger or takeover likely to involve collective redundancies. EU legislation states that companies have to inform employee representatives […]

Perfecting the pitch

How badly do law firms want to win work? Well, insurance practice Weightmans, for one, admits to using professional actors as “extras” when it pitches for business. National law firm Bevan Ashford is so keen to perfect its presentation skills when pitching for in-house work that it is considering hiring professional actors to coach its […]

Flotations & Financing

Eversheds is acting for Kingston upon Hull City Council on the £141.5m flotation of its telecommunications business operated by Kingston Communications (Hull), advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Linklaters & Alliance is acting for Deutsche Bank AG London and Robert Fleming & Co, joint global co-ordinators and joint sponsors for the offer. Corporate finance partners Rob […]

Freshfields and Linklaters in Lloyds TSB's #7bn deal

Freshfields and Linklaters & Alliance are battling to finalise Lloyds TSB’s #7bn acquisition of Scottish Widows. The sale of the Edinburgh-based life assurer, advised by Freshfields, to Lloyds TSB, represented by Linklaters, will create the second largest life, pensions and unit trust provider in the UK. But although the sale has been agreed, Scottish Widows’ […]

Give reorganised CPS a chance

The profession should get behind the CPS following its shake-up, says the Attorney General, John Morris QC. Last month I announced the Government’s final response to the report by Sir Iain Glidewell on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Although much work remains to be done on implementation, this is a key moment of transition, and […]

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