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The complex commercial litigation law review – Edition 1: Chapter Austria

By Sara Khalil, Andreas Natterer Austria has a civil law system; the codification of the main civil law provisions (the Austrian Civil Code (ABGB)) includes core concepts of contract law and dates back more than 200 years. The Austrian Civil Code governs legal relationships between consumers as well as consumers and companies. Similarly, the Austrian Commercial […]

Romania: Tax provisions in force since March 2018, significantly amended and supplemented

By Alexandra Barbu, Theodor Artenie, Anamaria Tocaci  Below we list the main provisions of Law 30/2019 amending Government Emergency Ordinance 25/2018. Corporate income tax The Registry of Non-profit Organisations and Religious Institutions will be published on the website of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) (the “Registry”). Inclusion in the Registry of entities that benefit from sponsorships is a […]

Where the true value lies for legal self-service

Recently, BCLP hosted an informative round table discussion with panellists Michael Mills and Richard Seabrook of Neota Logic alongside Catherine Bamford of BamLegal. Use cases, opportunities and best practices for enabling legal self-service in an enterprise environment were discussed with an audience of corporate legal and compliance professionals. Here are some of the most interesting […]

Bermuda – the family office proposition

Bermuda has historically flown beneath the radar when it comes to promoting itself as the ideal location for the establishment of a family office. There are likely a number of reasons for this but one is that Bermuda was often chosen as a domicile for trusts or for the location of a physical family office […]

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Specialise at your peril

I have been following the ‘to specialise or not to specialise’ debate with interest. In my opinion, a solicitor (unlike a barrister) should first of all be a man of affairs. Prior to coming into private practice I was a senior examiner with the Inland Revenue for 10 years and have been a magistrate for […]

Clamour for civil justice council grows as Lord Mackay throws out amendment

Pressure on Lord Mackay to introduce a civil justice council is growing following his rejection of a Law Society sponsored amendment to the Civil Procedure Bill, the first step in implementing Lord Woolf’s reforms. The Shadow Lord Chancellor, Lord Irving of Lairg, and the Law Society are publicly adding their voice to Lord Woolf and […]

Underwriting fees are slashed after introduction of tendering

City lawyers are trumpeting innovative share issues which allowed their clients to slash underwriting fees and which are likely to set the pattern for the future. Lovells corporate partners Nigel Read and Marco Compagnoni led a team of six which advised hotels group Stakis on its £327m acquisition of Metropole Hotels and its £222m rights […]

Ripping yarns from a socialist silk

Legal thrillers being all the rage among the book-reading public you would think the life of John Platts-Mills QC would be ripe for plundering. You can almost hear the publishers pitching the book now: “This chap from the colonies comes to Britain to study amid dreaming spires of Oxford, becomes a barrister in an elite […]

Appeals of drug trafficking

The House of Lords is considering whether to entertain an appeal by Customs and Excise against an Appeal Court decision on 19 February allowing an appeal by Michael Emmett, who is serving 12.5 years for drug trafficking offences, in respect of a confiscation order against him. The Law Lords have allowed Emmett until Thursday to […]

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