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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.


In brief: Addison secures harassment conviction

Former Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor Neil Addison has secured the first convictions of campaigners or demonstrators under the Harassment Act since it came into force last year. Two animal rights protestors have been banned from going within half a mile of a Nothumberland mink farm. Addison, an expert on the Act, had prosecuted the […]

To advise or not to advise?

The Prince Jefri ruling highlights MDP flaws, says Rita Lowe. Rita Lowe is an insolvency partner at Cameron McKenna. The difference between the way accountants and lawyers apply conflict of interest rules was brought into stark contrast this month in a judgment that could affect the development of multidisciplinary practices (MDPs). Two weeks ago, the […]

Low-key Bar Council conference aims to avoid the headlines

This year the Bar Council has decided to play safe and concentrate on the Human Rights Bill, reports Shaun Pye. The Bar Council was cock-a-hoop last year when newly elected Home Secretary Jack Straw agreed to address its annual conference. The Bar Council’s enthusiasm no doubt waned as Straw methodically laid into the profession, blasting […]

Lovells poaches Cheffings to boost property litigation

Lovell White Durrant has launched a fresh attempt to kick-start its property litigation business by head-hunting a leader in the field – Nicholas Cheffings from rival Nabarro Nathanson. Cheffings will join Lovells in January as head of property litigation, leapfrogging the firm’s only other property litigation partner, Anne Waltham. Cheffings will replace the highly rated […]

Litigation Recent Decisions

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Asylum appeal made before Immigration Act was in force R v (1) The Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) A special adjudic ator, ex parte Nargis Chowdry (1998) Court: CA (Lord Woolf MR, Potter […]

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