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Life Science Law Update – organ donation and access to psychotherapy

Popular initiative “Supporting organ donation – saving lives” The Federal Council supports the proposal of the initiative to allow organs to be removed from a deceased person if he or she did not oppose this during his or her lifetime in principle, but will suggest introducing certain measures in order to safeguard the rights of […]

Nitrate pollution concerns halt housebuilding on Solent

By Angus Evers, Matthew Price Five local authorities in the Solent area have put a hold on determining planning applications for new housing as a result of advice from Natural England about nitrate pollution. Following two rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the ‘Dutch Case’ (C-293/17 and C-294/17) and ‘People […]

The tenant that never was

By Liam Phillips, Michael Callaghan The grant of a lease to a non-existent tenant highlights the importance of checking that companies in a transaction are registered at Companies House. Mr Darlow granted a lease of a restaurant in Cardiff to a company called Seafood Shack UK Ltd. The identity of the tenant had been set […]

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Wall St crisis? Blame SarBox

The cause of the current financial crisis on Wall Street runs much deeper and is far more complex than is commonly believed. The disastrous effects of the sub-prime mortgage fiasco is merely the final straw which broke the camel’s back. Sarbanes-Oxley, the ill-conceived, knee-jerk reaction to the accounting scandals of a few years ago, has […]

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