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Consumer loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs

By Mateja Ule In the past years, Slovenian courts have been faced with several actions filed by consumers requesting the court to declare loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs null and void. While the courts of first and second instance seemed to struggle to find a common approach in assessing the validity of Swiss francs loan […]

Are robots writing your will?

By Aidan Grant Law firm VWV conducted a poll which found that the majority of people asked are wary about the use of artificial intelligence in the preparation of wills, with almost a third of respondents saying that they would not want any artificial involvement at all. It must be said that, as with many stories, […]

Adjudication decisions: Avoiding enforcement where the money may disappear

By Michael Bennett The losing party in an adjudication always asks one question – do we really have to pay?  In most cases the answer will be yes, but the list of reasons for saying no just got slightly longer. The recent Court of Appeal case of Gosvenor London Limited v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited [2018] EWCA […]

Data Protection Officer: Bar Association makes announcement on overlapping roles

The General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association («PBA») has finally announced its position on the situation of lawyers who act as Data Protection Officers («DPOs»). This announcement clarifies the PBA’s understanding on holding the position of DPO while practising as a lawyer. The PBA’s position appears in Opinion no. 14/PP/2018-G, published on 28 September […]

Cayman Islands economic substance requirements

By Nick Rogers, David McIntyre From 1 January 2019, new legislation will come into effect in the Cayman Islands, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in Cayman. The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 was passed on 17 December 2018, after an extensive process of consultation with the EU […]

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PERSONAL injury barristers have broken ranks with the NewsBar to agree compromise conditional fee terms of engagement despite concern in some quarters that they are being rushed into it. The model agreement was unveiled on Friday by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, which described it as “a major step towards the smooth implementation of […]

The legal aid board. What they say about the LAB

Sir Tim Chessells, chair of the Legal Aid Board: Claims that the Legal Aid Board is setting the political agenda are “nonsense”. The board is continuing to improve its bureaucratic procedures while its franchising initiative “happens to sit very well with the way legal aid seems to be evolving”. The cost of legal aid, abuses […]

Court order plan faces funding row

MAGISTRATES decide this week whether to mount a legal challenge to the Lord Chancellor and Home Secretary over a plan to pass the job of enforcing court orders from police to magistrates courts. They say severe underfunding will limit courts’ ability to enforce orders and fines. Duncan Webster, general secretary of the Central Council of […]

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Fladgate Fielder in Basingstoke acted for Zergo Holdings on its admission to the Alternative Investment Market. The firm’s London office acted for Beeson Gregory, the nominated adviser.

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One of the most significant changes in the financial services marketplace has been the reduction in the number of advisers. There are now less than 70,000 advisers where five years ago that total exceeded 250,000. This opens up a considerable business opportunity for legal practices to fill the gap. More importantly, legal practices will not […]

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