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Cartels in Romania

Government Emergency Ordinance 39/2017 of 31 May 2017 transposed the EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions (2014/104/EU) into national law and made a number of other amendments to the Competition Law (21/1996), including as follows: • The definition of an undertaking has been modified. • Undertakings that engage in the modern trade of foodstuffs and […]

Social Housing Monthly Law Update – November 2018

By David Isaacson TLT provides monthly law update on all things affecting social housing. Key highlights of this month include:  New ICO GDPR guidance: Passwords and encryption in online services and websites  Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): important changes  Government announces new generation of council housing  Continuity of planning (environmental) requirements when the UK leaves […]

Romania: Supreme Court renders decision on the point of law

By Dana Rădulescu, Anca Băițan Supreme Court’s Decision highlights The Supreme Court rendered the Decision no. 53 rendered on June 18, 2018, recently published in the Official Gazette on November 5, 2018, on the point of law (the ”Decision”). To put things in context, we mention that the Supreme Court renders a Decision on the […]

Impact of UK property changes on Jersey and Guernsey structures

The UK Government has announced that with effect from April 2019, it intends to bring non-UK investors into scope for either capital gains tax (“CGT”) or corporation tax (“CT”) on any direct or indirect gains made in relation to investments in UK property. Jersey and Guernsey have responded to the public consultations and liaised with […]

Switzerland – Proposed new class action procedure

By Dr Urs Feller, Nina Lim In Switzerland, typical class actions as known in many other jurisdictions are not available. However, ‘Dieselgate’ and similar cases also affect consumers in Switzerland. If a large number of people suffer the same or similar damage, each has to file their claim individually. While total damages are usually large the individual […]

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KLegal nabs Simmons and Masons partners

KLegal, the legal arm of big five accountants KPMG, has dealt a blow to both Simmons & Simmons and Masons by poaching a top partner from each firm. Leading Simmons PFI equity partner Gareth Davies and Masons commerce and finance partner Arun Singh OBE are joining KLegal. The departure of Davies is a big loss […]

American Bar Association opposes EC’s reform proposals

The American Bar Association (ABA) has joined a campaign against the European Commission’s planned changes to the competition law system. The changes would see more competition law issues handled by national authorities to help relieve the enormous workload on the Commission under the existing system. But the ABA believes that changing the system would fragment […]

Bond Pearce ventures north to open in Leeds

Leading southern law firm Bond Pearce is opening an office in Leeds to handle insurance work – its first step into the northern market. The 56-partner firm was approached by Sumitomo Marine and Fire Insurance, one of its most significant clients, to set up its fifth office and work with it on a specific initiative. […]

Irvine challenges QC's trial costs

Lord Irvine has lodged a claim in the High Court challenging the costs claimed by Colin Nicholls QC of 3 Raymond Buildings and Philip Hackett QC of 2 Bedford Row’s for representing one of the BCCI defendants. The costs challenge relates to the case of former shipping tycoon, Abbas Gokal who was jailed for 14 […]

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