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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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Retain tradition or face the unknown

The news that 3 Paper Buildings and Plowden Buildings are to merge is another sign of the forced change at the Bar. All chambers are having to examine their options in the light of a series of attacks on traditional and long-cherished practices at the Inns. Law firms are increasingly retaining work which previously would […]

Manchester survives the Blitz

A team of law undergraduates from Manchester University has won the coveted Boardroom Blitz trophy Boardroom Blitz the business game for law students run by Berwin Leighton in association with The Lawyer reached its conclusion in a final held at the start of the month. The Manchester University team claimed first prize, coming from behind […]

Brethertons cements relationship with top Estonian firm

Cheltenham-based firm Bretherton Price Elgoods has forged a link with Heta, one of Estonia’s largest law firms. The two firms have signed an association agreement which took effect at the start of the month. A lawyer from Heta is expected to be sent to the UK firm on secondment in the next month. John Beever, […]

In brief: Austin Mitchell to call for Ministry of Justice

Labour MP Austin Mitchell is to present a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons calling for the creation of a Ministry of Justice, a salaried legal service and a modernised judiciary. Ten Minute Rule Bills allow backbenchers to initiative debates in parliament. Mitchell’s call for a ministry of justice whose leader would […]

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