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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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Law firms handling life and pensions policies must now disclose commissions payable to clients before business is transacted. Previously it was possible to ignore discussion about commission until the deal was completed. The new Law Society rules came into force on 1 January, but do not as yet apply to collective investment products, points out […]

Tales of the unexpected

John Browne believes the key to successful financial management lies in being well-prepared for the unpredictable Expecting the unexpected used to be the preserve of strategists and corporate advisers; not any more. These days it is a skill that many people are having to acquire and, more than ever, there is widespread recognition that one […]

Juvenile courts given greater powers

Courts handling juvenile offenders have been given powers to review lenient sentences in serious fraud cases. New legislation under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act and coming into force last week, also introduces a pilot scheme for the use of electronic tagging in curfew sentencing. Courts will be able to impose long terms of […]

Lawyers unite on problem Act

THE LAW Society is to meet with the Home Office to discuss its anxieties over “loopholes” in the new Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. The society will join representatives from the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Bar Council, Magistrates’ Association and Justices’ Clerks Society at the Home Office meeting. The concerns […]

First users try out new Quill system

Fennell Betson reports Essex residential conveyancing practice Darcy White is one of the first to try Quill Computer Systems’ conveyancing case management system. Partner Roger Morse says: “Because of this we have been able to incorporate some of our own ideas into the software.” Quill’s managing director Tony Landes says the new system is currently […]

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