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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.


Will Stephens Innocent's tactics 'sink or swim'?

Media law firm Stephens Innocent is using this startling image of a semi-naked old man to promote its services to clients. The firm’s new brochure, designed by Spencer Landor, features an array of startling images including one of an electric chair which is captioned “revenge or justice”, a painting by Francis Bacon which bears the […]

ECJ to empower sole judges

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will allow judges sitting alone to decide certain cases, instead of the present panel of three to five. The move is the result of an increase in workload for the Luxembourg-based court. This has been caused by intellectual property rights litigation and the application of the 1993 regulation on […]

PC fee has fallen by more than u5

YOUR story (Law Society rejects bid to shave practising fee by u5, The Lawyer 29 March) ignores the simple fact that, for the fifth year running, the practising certificate fee has not increased. Indeed, since 1995, the PC fee has reduced by u65. Robert Sayer, vice president, The Law Society

Quote of the week

“Henceforth, all former heads of government are potentially at risk.” – Lady Margaret Thatcher, speaking in the House of Lords for the first time in three years to issue a staunch attack on the arrest of General Augusto Pinochet. She is allegedly fearful that she may suffer a similar fate if she travels abroad again.

Spears fly across the spires of Cambridge

The rounded vowels are being twisted into growls of personal abuse and heels have been dug into the manicured lawns. Cambridge University’s law faculty is divided over whether to establish a Legal Practice Course (LPC) – the final, year-long vocational training that law students must pass through before they win the right to call themselves […]

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