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Spanish legal regulations on Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign direct investment (FDI) (Inversión Extranjera Directa) involves the transfer of capital by economic entities from one country to another country, with the intention of establishing businesses or subsidiaries there, as well as acquiring or obtaining a relevant shareholding in foreign companies.

British Virgin Islands – Voluntary liquidations for first half-year companies

As annual British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) Registry fees are now payable for those BVI companies that were incorporated or registered in the first half of the year, it is time to start planning the liquidation of those entities that have reached the end of their life cycle, to ensure that unnecessary Registry fees are not incurred.

IR35 rules now extended to private sector businesses

The IR35 rules were extended to cover all medium and large organisations in the private sector. Under the reforms these businesses are now responsible for determining whether their contractors fall inside or outside the scope of IR35, rather than the workers themselves.


Ex NHS trust chief to head Wilberforce

Shaun Pye reports Wilberforce chambers has appointed the former chief executive of an NHS trust to be its first chambers director. Suzanne Cosgrave, who starts on 1 April, will be responsible for the overall management of chambers including the clerks. Senior clerk Roy Beazley retires from the chancery set, which has 29 tenants, at the […]

In brief: CRE head of litigation switches to Dibbs

Makbool Javaid has left the Commission for Racial Equality, where he was head of litigation services, to join Dibb Lupton Alsop’s human resources group in London. Javaid helped build the CRE’s in-house team and was involved in a string of high-profile racial discrimination cases, including Manchester University law lecturer Dr Asif Qureshi’s record £43,560 damages […]


Clifford Chance acted for MEPC on its £62.5m acquisition of IBM’s 50 per cent share in New Square, Bedfont Lakes, an office complex near Heathrow Airport. IBM was advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp.

Buggins is dead

With reference to the article “Buggins strikes again in Law Society election controversy”, (The Lawyer, 3 February), the society has decided not to consider any changes to its bylaws which would prevent contested elections. The council of the Law Society will, in March, debate proposals for an informal procedure for candidates seeking election only to […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Kevin Fletcher

Kevin Fletcher was born in Hull in 1947. He lives in Stockton on Tees and is a senior partner at Jacksons Solicitors. What was your first job? Making soft centres in a chocolate factory. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £5 per week when I started articles in 1969. What would you […]

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