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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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SINCLAIR ROCHE & Temperley’s shipping finance expert, Ian Gaunt, is moving to an in-house position. The senior partner is to join the world’s largest cruise-line, Carnival Corporation, as senior vice-president, international, in May. Gaunt says: “I have worked closely with the Carnival group for nearly 20 years and I am eagerly anticipating a new challenge. […]

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In-house legal departments are becoming increasingly demanding when it comes to external legal advice. They want top-quality commercial advice combined with added value – and they want it now. Paragon Finance litigation manager Rebecca Wileman echoes all her in-house contemporaries when she says: “I’m quite prepared to sift out the dead wood” on her panel […]

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General counsel for Sheraton Hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Robert Scott, has achieved what many of us only dream of – pursuing, on the one hand, his ambition to get a top job in the profession and on the other, his desire to improve the world. The Brussels-based lawyer came up with […]

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