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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.

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Crusading journalist David Jessel, who successfully defended a libel action against Channel Four’s Trial & Error. Former Detective Inspector Trevor Gladding was suing Jessel for accusing him of perverting the course of justice. Winchester solicitors White & Bowker, who are patting themselves on the back after having the stunningly clever idea of using the voice […]

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A budding lawyer with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who was laid off by Wilde Sapte while in hospital, has accused the firm of discrimination. In one of the first cases of its kind to reach an industrial tribunal, Rubina Cassell is bringing a claim against the firm under the new Disability Discrimination Act. Stratford Industrial Tribunal […]

EU and Med to trade

An EU proposal for a free trade area between the EU and 12 Mediterranean countries by the year 2010, could lead to the free movement of lawyers between those countries, according to the Law Society’s Brussels office. The non-EU countries are Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordon, Israel, the Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the […]

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