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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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Downturn puts squeeze on staff numbers

More than a fifth of law firms have had to lay off staff as a result of the economic ­climate, a new study has found. The poll, conducted by recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark, revealed that 20.8 per cent of the 900 staff working at law firms and in-house teams surveyed have had to make […]

Judicial appointments diversity failure prompts calls for more solicitor input

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has reinforced its call for more women and black minority ethnic (BME) ­people to apply to become judges after five places in the latest competition were allocated to women but no BME person was given a seat. In total 22 people have been made up to the High Court bench, […]

Cadwalader restructuring partner to join Latham

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has suffered its third defection since it laid off 96 lawyers in July this year. London restructuring partner Jackson Taylor has moved to Latham & Watkins one month after New York environmental litigator Andrew Perel left Cadwalader for Steptoe & Johnson. Earlier this year (26 August) The Lawyer reported on the […]

Layton takes Clifford Chance corporate crown

Clifford Chance private equity partner Matthew Layton will today be voted into the post of global corporate head. Clifford Chance corporate crown” />Clifford Chance private equity partner Matthew Layton (pictured) will today be voted into the post of global corporate head. The election for the post was uncontested and held at short notice to find […]

Fladgate

West End firm Fladgate showed its confidence for the future with the decision this year to into a new office for the first time in its 248-year history. It will take on an extra 10,000ft of space in Great Queen Street. With steady, if unspectacular, financial results for 2007/08, the firm has every reason to […]

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