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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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Law firm trio wins shard of glass deal

Eversheds, Norton Rose and Rosenblatt Solicitors have snared the key roles in a deal to secure a new funding package for the construction of Europe’s tallest building, the Shard of Glass at London Bridge. The loan was provided by Qatari Diar, which is owned by the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, and was advised on by […]

Clydes spends £45m on international growth

Clyde & Co has borrowed nearly £45m to help fund its international expansion programme, the firm’s LLP accounts for 2007-08 reveal. The firm’s debt rose to £44.6m this year, following the expansion of its Middle East practice and the opening of two offices in the US in the last two years. Much of the money […]

Furley Page sets up shop in Lloyd’s building

Canterbury-headquartered firm Furley Page has opened in London in a bid to capitalise on the insurance market. The London office, which is housed in the Lloyd’s building, will be headed and primarily staffed by Furley Page consultant Gary Marshall, although lawyers from other locations are also set to make use of the office. Senior partner […]

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Tulkinghorn: two yaks, one cow and an after-dinner Minto

Tulkinghorn often hears of strange things happening over Christmas, but never involving yaks. Cloisters Chambers has broken that run by celebrating the ­festive season with the ­purchase of two hairy ­creatures from Save the Children. Yakety yak Tulkinghorn often hears of strange things happening over Christmas, but never involving yaks. Cloisters Chambers has broken that […]

Macfarlanes feels the heat

Macfarlanes feels the heat” />When Macfarlanes revealed it would be laying off up to 14 staff this week, perhaps the only surprise was that the announcement hadn’t come sooner (see story). The firm had always seemed a likely candidate for cuts. Not only has its corporate practice been hard hit by the credit crunch, but […]

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