By Barbara van der Ven Is it possible to patent the sequence (or partial sequence) of human genes? Genetic research is very important in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. From the very beginning, genetic research has always been connected with moral and ethical questions, such as […]
By Anke Holtland, Jacobine van Beijeren The Dutch Data Protection Authority published its decision last week to impose a processing ban on the Minister of Finance for the processing of Citizen Service Numbers ( BSNs ) in VAT identification numbers by the Tax Authorities. Background of the use of BSNs The Tax and Customs Administration is charged with providing VAT […]
The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which our Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets.
By Marc Wiggers, Thomas Verstraeten On 17 December 2018, the European Commission (‘Commission’) announced that it had imposed an antitrust fine of EUR 40 million on clothing company Guess for illegally restricting its resellers from using the Guess brand names and trademarks for the purposes of online search advertising and making cross-border sales of Guess […]
By Stéphanie De Smedt, Alice Boulvain. Aleksandra Sanak The EU Geo-blocking Regulation applies since 3 December 2018. It impacts many businesses that sell their goods and services online or offline across the EU, including companies offering food supplements or (over-the-counter) medicines, who now need to make sure they comply with these new rules.
By James Heinicke The Cayman Islands and Luxembourg are two of the world’s leading investment funds jurisdictions and as fund structures become more bespoke it is increasingly common to see fund structures that include Cayman and Luxembourg fund vehicles. Those lending to funds formed in Cayman and/or Luxembourg may wonder why investment managers use these […]
By Emily Haithwaite, Josephine Howe Group partner Emily Haithwaite and partner Josephine Howe discuss Jersey private funds and what structures may be most appropriate for family office structures. Their article first appeared in HFM Jersey 2019 Special Report. Wealth is increasing exponentially among some of the world’s richest families, many of which have their own […]
By Başak Kartal Bektimur I. INTRODUCTION First of all, please be informed that the payment of employees’ salaries, premiums, bonuses, indemnities and other receivables bears legal consequences on various fields of law. We kindly represent the consequences of issuing the related payments by hand (in person); which may cause both administrative sanctions against the employer […]
“There are no major movements between firms, or any new firms popping up. There have been some movements, some partners leaving their law offices and moving to the private sector, but nothing worth writing home about “, says Partner* Petar Mitrovic about the Serbian legal market. Mitrovic carries the tune when it comes to the […]
The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) authorized the European Money Markets Institute on 11 November for the provision and administration of EONIA under Article 34 of the EU Benchmarks Regulation (EU BMR). “EMMI has provided the FSMA with comprehensive information attesting that all the necessary arrangements to meet the requirements in the EU […]
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Firms’ leadership elections under Brexit will be a test for London The general election was not the only significant leadership development happening in the UK this week. Not ones to give out the spotlight easily, a number of firms either shook up or geared up their highest echelons as they enter 2020. The race to […]
Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers prosecuted and defended (Mike Duck QC prosecuting and Ian Bridge defending) in the recent high profile and tragic case involving the death of Dr Suzanna Bull. Dr Bull died when her bicycle was in collision with an LGV driven by experienced lorry driver Robert Bradbury. Mr Bradbury was found not […]
Clinical negligence experts from No5 Barristers’ Chambers have seen the successful conclusion of a claim involving Cauda Equina Syndrome with damages agreed at around £1.5million. Jonathan Jones QC and David Tyack, with Moosa Duke solicitors, represented the claimant, 37, who had a long history of back pain. The defendant NHS Trust was represented by Michael […]
Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers have successfully represented two officers who were alleged to have discriminated against a member of a public by reason of his race. The incident dated back to June 2014 but, due to a two separate appeals to the IOPC by the complainant, the hearing did not take place until November […]
A host of new lawyers have entered Parliament as a result of the Conservative Party’s decisive victory last night. In Stroud, Conservative Siobhan Baillie gained the marginal seat from Labour. Baillie, a non-practising family solicitor, worked her way up from legal secretary to qualify. Peter Gibson gained another marginal seat for the Tories: Darlington. Gibson […]
Addleshaw Goddard worked with Deloitte as Supercuts and Regis hair salons this week struck a salvage deal to save over 1,000 jobs. The firm’s restructuring team played the lead advisory role for Deloitte as administrator to the businesses, with partner Paul Fleming and legal director Anna Hodgson leading on the deal. Shoosmiths had been advising […]