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The implementing Act PSD II adopted by the Dutch Senate

On 4 December 2018, the implementing Act PSD II (Implementatiewet herziene richtlijn betaaldiensten) was adopted by the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) without further debate. The date of entry into force is not yet available. A Decree to further implement PSD  II (Implementatiebesluit herziene richtlijn betaaldiensten) shall also follow.

Bermuda allows cannabis investment funds

By Elizabeth Denman Bermuda’s authorities have given the go-ahead for investment vehicles interested in taking advantage of the legal cannabis sector. Elizabeth Denman of Conyers Dill & Pearman explains why this offshore jurisdiction is the clear choice for setting up ventures investing in cannabis-related enterprises. Investment in cannabis businesses, either directly or through an investment fund, […]

New strategy for providing free access to government data

By Jürg Schneider, Christophe Gösken On 30 November 2018 the Federal Council adopted a new open government data strategy for providing the public with free access to government data. From 2020 onwards, all government data will gradually be made available for free and in a computer-friendly format. Replacing a previous version, the new strategy is mandatory for the […]

TMT Annual Report: Evolutionary Tale

Fernando Resina da Silva and Magda Cocco, VdA partners, contributed for the TMT Annual Report for the article “Evolutionary tale” about digital challenges. Regardless of the industry sector companies operate in, new business models will be needed to be developed. This may be a great opportunity for lawyers. Technology is revolutionising the economy and it […]

Oil and Gas Law Review: Sixth edition

By Olivier Bustin, Luiza Savchenko The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the most populous French-speaking country in Africa and a very attractive prospect for investors owing to the richness of its natural resources, such as cobalt, copper, cassiterite, gold, manganese, diamond and petroleum In numerous official and unofficial speeches, it has been emphasised […]

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Justice without the veil of secrecy

Last week’s decision by Home Secretary Jack Straw that those entering the criminal justice system would have to disclose their membership of the freemasons in the future has caused the usual furore. It was hardly surprising that such a decision provoked outrage from many quarters of the legal profession. Judges in particular are incensed by […]

Bar Council warns of exodus over tax reforms

Government plans to change the way barristers pay tax will force many to quit the Bar and should be abandoned, according to the Bar Council’s response to the proposals. Dawn Primarolo, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, announced on 22 December last year that all professionals would pay tax on an earnings rather than a cash-received […]

Litigation Personal Injury 24/2/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report Barnes v Ministry of Defence QBD 8 December 1997 Claimant: Simon Barnes, 34 years Incident: Accident while serving member of armed forces Injuries: Claimant, a former Territorial Army paratrooper left wheelchair-bound after an assault course accident […]

Correction

In last week’s litigator’s view, we incorrectly stated that Judge Alton held Birmingham District Council liable following a swimming pool accident. In fact, the council involved was Wyre Forest District Council. Sarah Paneth has asked us to put the record straight and we are happy to do so. We apologise to Sarah Paneth and Birmingham […]

Tenancy rights for gay men

The Law Lords are being asked to hear an appeal centring on the tenancy succession rights of homosexuals. Last July the Court of Appeal upheld a 1996 Central London County Court ruling that Martin Fitzpatrick, who had lived in stable relationship with named tenant of flat in London W6 for nearly 20 years, was not […]

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