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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Mediation upturn hit by Court of Appeal ruling

Hopes of a sudden rise in mediation have been shattered after the Court of Appeal ruled against fining two companies that refused to consider alternative dispute resolution. In the long awaited action on the joint appeal of Halsey v Milton Keynes NHS Trust and Steel v Joy, the court laid down the principle that litigants […]

DLA strengthens ties in Norway and Denmark

Scandinavian DLA Group member Lindh Stabell Horten (LSH) will today rebrand two of its offices as DLA Nordic, in a move that sees the firms strengthening their operational ties. In Norway and Denmark, LSH will now have the DLA name, with LSH in Sweden expected to rebrand in the near future.

Nabarros gets sidelined by Eversheds on Broadmead

Eversheds has elbowed out Nabarro Nathanson to win a mandate to advise on letting and development work on the £500m Bristol Alliance development in Broadmead. Nabarros has been advising the Bristol Alliance, a joint venture between Hammerson, Land Securities and Morley, on the initial joint venture, including tax and structuring issues, and has also advised on the […]

Kirkland & Ellis partner selected for top civil rights role

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has elected a litigation partner from Kirkland & Ellis as co-chair. Marjorie Press Lindblom will co-chair the US lawyers’ pro bono civil rights group for two years and will work alongside John Skilton of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe. Lindblom succeeds Sullivan & Cromwell partner Stuart Meiklejohn […]

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