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Plastic ban on 36 major railway stations

On 22 January 2019, the National Green Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi (NGT) in the case of Saloni Singh & Anr v Union of India & Ors (OA No. 141 of 2014) inter alia, directed the Railway Administration, Ministry of Railways, Government of India (Railway Administration) to develop ‘eco-smart stations’ which would serve as model […]

Summary of Guernsey Taxation

This document summarises certain key aspects of Guernsey taxation law for the calendar year 2019. Companies tax resident in Guernsey are subject to income tax on their worldwide income. A company is tax resident in Guernsey if: it is incorporated in Guernsey; it is incorporated outside of Guernsey but is “centrally managed and controlled” in […]

Leasehold market reform on a ground-breaking scale

By Karl Anders, Louise Power, Steve Nixon Walker Morris has monitored and periodically reported on the Government’s review of perceived unfairness within the leasehold market and the potential reinvigoration of commonhold as an alternative to leasehold ownership [1].  On 19 March 2019 the Housing Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLGC) published a report which offers wide-ranging and ground-breaking […]

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By Pedro Simoes Coelho, Carlos Couto The real estate investment trusts (“SIGI”), approved by Decree-Law no. 19/2019 of January 28 (“DL 19/2019”), implemented in Portugal the Real Estate Investment Trusts . However, the national legislature allowed SIGI, in addition to the purpose of the lease, to pursue other forms of economic exploitation of immovable property. […]

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Pach-ing up the clearing system

The Bar’s Pupillage Application Clearing House (Pach) has made it to its second year, but not without some major hiccups. What should have been a major assistance to chambers and students has instead managed to cause upset to both. Students feel the scheme is devised entirely to assist chambers, while chambers are finding any number […]

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Barrister Leslie Michaelson was killed in a road accident last Wednesday on his way to chambers. He had been due in the High Court to work on a partially heard case and had been cycling into work when the accident, involving a lorry, occurred. Michaelson, who came to London from South Africa in 1973, had […]

Necessary reforms

Michael Brindle considers whether drafting a new set of rules will mean confusion for the commercial Court. Michael Brindle QC is a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers. The Commercial Court led the way in introducing case management techniques into civil litigation. The Commercial Court Guide, which existed before Lord Woolf started his campaign to clean […]

Corporate legal departments opt for the intranet approach

Computer-aided: Camerons’ merger with McKennas might have been delayed if their IT systems had been incompatible The intranet concept – in which Internet-style technology is used in a private, company-wide network – is to be used for the first time by a corporate legal department, says US company Corprasoft. Chief Legal Officer, the database management […]

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