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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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Chiomenti launches in Beijing

Chiomenti will be the first Italian independent to launch in China, which it is doing with a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate. Gianluca D’Agnolo, formerly a Beijing-based associate at Freshfields, will head Chiomenti’s Beijing office, which has just been granted its licence by the Chinese Ministry of Justice. London-based Chiomenti corporate partner Luigi Bendi will […]

Slaughters’ allies team up for Endesa bid

The founding partners of European best friends Uría Menéndez and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo have been thrown together on the fight for Spanish utility Endesa. Italy’s Enel and Spain’s Acciona signed a joint pact to bid for Endesa this week, with Rodrigo Uría and Sergio Erede as the leading advisers for the companies. They will face […]

Hammonds lands ex-Capgemini CEO as non-exec

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In-housers unhappy with hourly rates and padding

An astonishing 67 per cent of in-house counsel believe that hourly rates are outdated, according to the latest findings from The Lawyer’s groundbreaking survey of the legal profession, compiled by polling company YouGov. The solution, according to 68 per cent of in-house lawyers polled by YouGov, is project-based billing. AOL Europe general counsel Tony Wales […]

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