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Do payment processors wield too much power?

By Simon de Broise  Payment processors, as the name suggests, facilitate payments by credit and debit cards for both online and point of sale transactions. The payment processor acts as an intermediary between the merchant (e.g. a retailer or airline) and the customer’s bank, facilitating the rapid authorisation (or otherwise) of the payment and initiating (and […]

Making alterations to rented business premises in Guernsey

By Piers Dereham I want to carry out fitting-out works to my business premises but my landlords say I will have to remove them when my lease expires. They are also saying that they need to check my plans before they agree to anything. Is this correct? Yes. Most commercial leases contain clauses requiring you to […]

Ignoring Turkish law on data breaches could put you in prison

Data processors resident outside Turkey whose activities affect Turkey may also need to register by 30 September 2019. Even failing to delete expired data can be punished by one to two years’ imprisonment. As a candidate state for EU membership, Turkey aligns much of its legal system with EU law, hence its 2016 Law on the […]

Amendments to the legislation of Kazakhstan on corporate matters

By Bolat Miyatov  On 2 July 2018, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 166-VI “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Insurance and Insurance Activities, Securities Market” was adopted. Among other things, this legislative act has amended the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 13 May 2003 No. […]

Six weeks to go until Brexit: What’s going to happen to environmental law?

By Ben Stansfield, Lee P McBride, Andrew Litchfield One of the great beneficiaries of the European Union has been the environment. Since the very beginnings of the EU, Member States have come together and enacted a great variety of environmental laws, leading to cleaner seas, flourishing habitats and healthier citizens. With Brexit only a few weeks away, this […]

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Merger gives birth to top five Belgian firm

Belgium has a new independent law firm following the merger of Huysmans Trenité Van Doorne and De Bauw & Maeyaert The merged firm launched this month under the name of Altius. With seven partners and a total of 35 lawyers, it has become one of the five largest independent law firms in Belgium.Huysmans’ clients include […]

Hammonds win sparks new law on cost payment

Fresh law has been thrown up in a professional negligence claim against Ham-mond Suddards Edge that is now subject to appeal Companies defeated at first instance now face paying costs and security to the winning party before they can appeal.The action concerns advice given by Hammonds to offshore company Agrichem International Holdings on Spanish and […]

The Wright stuff

Untempted by the spoils of crime, SFO director Rosalind Wright’s only regret is the lack of resources stopping her from catching more criminals Stepping into the foyer of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), you can’t help but feel sorry for those working there. It’s not exactly the sort of welcome that law firms would give […]

Woodgate lawyer scrutinised by OSS

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) is investigating complaints against Peter McCormick, senior partner of Leeds firm McCormicks and Manchester firm Freeman & Co The complaints have been made by the National Civil Rights Movement and centre on conduct arising from the trials of Leeds United footballers Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate. Freeman […]

Linlaters opens Portuguese office

Linklaters is to launch an office in Portugal, enabling it to target clients across the whole Iberian Peninsula The magic circle firm has hired five Portuguese lawyers and their team. The group left Lisbon firm Morais Leitão J Galvão Teles & Associados in September last year.Corporate rainmaker Jorge Bleck, securities lawyer António Soares, project finance […]

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