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Government consults on changes to food allergen labelling

Working together, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Food Standards Agency have issued a consultation on proposed changes to food allergen labelling in order to enable consumers to be provided with the information they need to make safe food choices.

New Canadian temporary immigration options under the CPTPP

The purpose of the CPTPP is to facilitate market access, investment opportunities and trade amongst the parties. Of interest from an immigration standpoint, the CPTPP contains new temporary immigration options for citizens of member countries. From a Canadian perspective, the immigration provisions are aimed at increasing opportunities to support economic growth for Canadians and Canadian […]

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In Romania, authorities are yet to create the legal framework that would regulate the taxation of activities related to cryptocurrency. This legislative gap leaves plenty of room for tax avoidance, as even the most well-intentioned taxpayers lack the tools to understand what taxes they need to pay in relation to their cryptocurrency trading. What are […]

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I read Paul Nicholls’ comment in Square Mile (2 August) with a sense of disbelief. Obviously he is totally unaware of the challenges and threats faced by the vast majority of the profession when he says “it is difficult for the profession to complain about the application of laws from which many of its members […]

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Allen & Overy is advising Credit Suisse First Boston (Europe), the financial adviser to Hellenic Bottling and Coca-Cola Beverages, and Warburg Dillon Read, also financial adviser to Coca-Cola, on the companies proposed u4.1bn merger. Linklaters is advising Coca-Cola. Beachcroft Wansbroughs is representing Hellenic. Linklaters has lost a Moscow lawyer to the Russian Ministry of Press […]

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Mike Davies is a partner at Veale Wasbrough. The Court of Appeal case of AMB Imballaggi Plastici SRL v Pacflex Ltd tackled a difficult situation for agents and principals. The issue was whether Pacflex was an agent within the meaning of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. AMB was the Italian manufacturer of food […]

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