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Bermuda joins EU Whitelist

By Tim Faries, Sally Penrose The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) announced today that Bermuda has moved to the “whitelist” following efforts over the past months to implement legislative changes that comply with the EU’s tax governance principles. In May 2019, Bermuda was included on the “greylist” as a cooperative tax jurisdiction with a […]

BVI joins EU Whitelist

By Jeffrey Kirk, Andrew Jowett, Robert Varley On 18 February 2020, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council announced that the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has moved to the ‘whitelist’, indicating that the BVI is now in line with tax governance and transparency standards prescribed by the EU. In March 2018, the BVI was included on […]

No Oral Modification Clauses Remain Solid as a Rock

By Ryaan Doodson Introduction No Oral Modification Clause(s) (NOM Clause(s)) are a common sight in commercial contracts and generally state that all variations to the contract “must be agreed, set out in writing and signed on behalf of both parties before they take effect”. Such clauses seek to prevent informal, oral or perhaps unintentional changes […]

Swiss IP News

By Markus Frick, Manuel Bigler easyJet vs. easyBet – Hosting provider ordered to take down trademark infringing website In a decision of 2 December 2019, the Commercial Court of Argovia, Switzerland, held that the website at easybet.com infringed easyJet’s famous trademark and ordered the Swiss hosting provider to take down the website. This is the […]

Company cars – time to go electric?

By Mark Braude Boris Johnson’s announcement to accelerate the ban on selling new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars has put a spotlight on electric cars. In this article, we look at how the government is using the tax regime to encourage employers to embrace electric. No benefit in kind for 2020-21 It is commonly understood […]

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Norton Rose PEP and revenue inch up

Norton Rose has recorded a sluggish year of growth, with turnover up just 3.5 per cent and average profit per equity partner (PEP) up by 4.7 per cent. The firm’s PEP for the last financial year was £445,000, up from £425,000 in 2005. Turnover was £210m, a 3.5 per cent rise from last year’s £203m. […]

In-housers shine at The Lawyer Awards

It was the biggest event for the legal profession, bar none. On Tuesday 27 June, in-house teams and lawyers from across the globe featured heavily at the annual The Lawyer Awards. Some 1,500 of the legal industry’s best and brightest were on hand in the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to applaud the […]

11 KBW set to expand following turnover hike

Employment set 11 King’s Bench Walk (11 KBW) has grown turnover by 21 per cent, signalling an expansion push and a search for new offices. Chambers income rose to £13.6m from £11.2m. Barristers voted down a proposal to move to Staple Inn, and instead adopted a scheme to lease 15 new rooms in neighbouring 10 […]

EU court reverses Sony/BMG merger clearance

In an unprecedented move the Court of First Instance has overturned the European Commission’s decision to clear the merger between Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and Sony Music. The surprise decision, which was announced this morning (13 July), is the first time a merger clearance by the Commission has been reversed by the Court of First […]

Bird & Bird boosts Paris with government antitrust hire

Bird & Bird has attracted a senior French government lawyer to join its Paris-based competition practice. Michel Roseau joins the firm as a partner after four years as head of antitrust and general policy for the French competition authority. He told The Lawyer: “I wanted to cross over to the other side of the mirror […]

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