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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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Aviva drives Greenwoods’ 50-strong PI team to DWF following Parabis tie-up

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All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region. Australia K&L Gates has hired five partners across Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from international and Australian rivals. In Perth, the firm has added former Squire Sanders partner Amber Stanton to its energy, infrastructure and resources practice, and employment […]

Preliminary draft of a Luxembourg law on commercial lease agreements

The recent bankruptcy of a significant number of commercial companies and the subsequent closing of nearly 20 shops in Luxembourg City have shed light on the need for an urgent reform of the legal rules applicable to commercial lease agreements. In this respect, the Council of Government approved on 4 October 2013 a preliminary draft […]

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Wragge & Co outsourcing deal results in 26 support staff redundancies

Wragge & Co is the latest firm to transfer a cohort of its support staff to third-party provider Intelligent Office, resulting in 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members opting to take voluntary redundancy. When the redundancy consultation kicked off in May 2013, the firm said 30 FTE secretarial and PA roles were at risk due […]

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