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Jersey lodges the draft Taxation Law 201

Jersey has lodged the draft Taxation (Companies – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 201- (the “Law”). The Law, once adopted, is intended to meet the commitment made by Jersey to address certain concerns raised by the EU Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation (the “Code Group”) in relation to the need for relevant businesses to […]

Bulgaria: Companies required to register their beneficial owners by February 2019

By Gergana Roussinova Companies have until 1 February 2019 to register their beneficial owners in the Bulgarian Commercial Register and Register for Non-profit Legal Persons (the “Commercial Register“). This obligation comes as a result of the adoption of a new Law on the measures against money laundering in March this year (the “AML Law“). Who is obligated under […]

Importance of prohibition on the collateral use of disclosed documents

By Sonia Tolaney, Sandy Phipps CPR 31.22 provides that disclosed documents may be used only for the purpose of the proceedings in which they were disclosed without the consent of the disclosing party or the Court’s permission. It is well established that this rule, known as the collateral use prohibition, applies both to the disclosed documents themselves […]

Supreme Court’s refusal on Barnardo’s switching to CPI

By Ian J Gordon, Simon Davies, Chris Edwards-Earl The Barnardo’s scheme’s rules stated that uprating of benefits must be based on the “general index of retail prices or any replacement adopted by the trustees without prejudicing approval”. While the retail price index (RPI) continues to be published (i.e. not “replaced”), the Supreme Court found it is not open […]

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With private client gone, expansion is on the cards for Maples Teesdale Holborn-based Maples Teesdale lost its three-partner private client team earlier this year to Lee & Pembertons (The Lawyer, 15 July). Ian Lane, Joan Rees and Sally Wilkins moved to the Victoria-based firm with consultant Michael Lang and three legal executives. With another partner […]

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Tulkinghorn realises that City law firms should grab every available opportunity to associate themselves with the cool and glamour of Hollywood, but Allen & Overy’s (A&O) latest desperate attempt falls short in every department. Picture the scene. Marketing executives and partners enter a huddle to decide the name for their seminar on the wireless industry. […]

OFT gets tough on sportswear cartels

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched an investigation into possible price-rigging across the branded sportswear sector. Should the investigation proceed, the law firms and barristers already involved on the related football shirt price-rigging investigation stand to rake in hundreds of thousands of pounds extra in fees. An OFT spokesperson told The Lawyer: “We’ve […]

DLA Dutch ally raids De Brauw to build tax practice

DLA’s Dutch best friend SchutGrosheide has appoin-ted De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek corporate finance tax specialist Marc de Bruijn to head its tax department. De Bruijn was approached by SchutGrosheide in the spring. Following the approach, de Bruijn recruited fellow De Brauw tax partner Andre Jansen and senior associate Raymond Wanningen. The firm has also hired […]

The bald truth

Tulkinghorn always welcomes serious, constructive comment about The Lawyer’s coverage, so the team was particularly heartened to receive the following email from a City property department head in response to last week’s feature, ‘Realty bites’. The email read: “Thank you for cutting off the top of my head in the photograph – you have missed […]

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