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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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City firms to help war torn countries

Chair of the business law section J William Rowley QC made the announcement at the opening ceremony, saying that the contribution is inline with the interests of the group. He says: “Investment will not come without protection.” The consortium was the brainchild of the IBA’s new executive director, Mark Ellis, three years ago and will […]

Lagerlöf partners quit pre Linklaters merger

Swedish firm Lagerlöf & Leman has lost half of its Gothenburg partners following a dispute about the proposed merger with Linklaters & Alliance. The departures mean the firm will drop its bankruptcy practice to fit in with Linklaters’ core business. Senior partners Tomas Setterberg, Johan Wilterns and Anders Bengtsson are quitting for Swedish practice Setterwalls […]

New global director for Andersen Legal

Andersen Legal has appointed the chairman of its associated law firm in Scotland, Dundas & Wilson, to be its worldwide practice director. Neil Cochran, who is UK legal practice director for Garretts, will take responsibility for all firms in the Andersen Legal network while retaining his existing roles. Andersen Legal’s chief executive Alberto Terol says: […]

DLA applies to practise in Shanghai

DLA is applying for a licence to open an office in Shanghai, following its merger with Hong Kong firm Lui & Carey Dibbs at the end of last year. “While Hong Kong is an international centre, it is now part of China,” says DLA managing partner Nigel Knowles. “Shanghai is the domestic centre, and we […]

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