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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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It was recently reported in The Lawyer (26 April) that the commercial bar is in a state of crisis as its work is drying up. That is, of course, partly due to streamlining effected by the civil procedure reforms, but also partly a consequence of solicitors realising they are as capable as barristers of performing […]

Property

Property lawyer Jim Garton led the Nabarro Nathanson team which advised GE Capital Corporation (Estates) on its purchase of St Tydfil Sq Shopping Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, from Chesterfield Properties for £20.9m. Chesterfield Properties was represented by Titmuss Sainer Dechert.

Eversheds appoints for Bulgaria

Eversheds has appointed an army officer-turned barrister to pave the way for its planned new Bulgarian office. Francis Chubb will work from the office of Georgiev Todorov & Co, a Sofia-based law firm with which Eversheds has close connections. His appointment is the first step in building a big enough Bulgarian practice to merit the […]

In brief: Denton Hall

Denton Hall has been appointed by the Egyptian government to advise on its telecommunication regulation. London-based Denton Hall partner Nicholas Higham will work in Egypt with Bridget McKinney, head of its Cairo office, Denton Hall Fox & Gibbons. Meanwhile, Trowers & Hamlins has revealed it is to move into more permanent Cairo premises following the […]

Perfecting the pitch

How badly do law firms want to win work? Well, insurance practice Weightmans, for one, admits to using professional actors as “extras” when it pitches for business. National law firm Bevan Ashford is so keen to perfect its presentation skills when pitching for in-house work that it is considering hiring professional actors to coach its […]

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