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Cartels in Romania

Government Emergency Ordinance 39/2017 of 31 May 2017 transposed the EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions (2014/104/EU) into national law and made a number of other amendments to the Competition Law (21/1996), including as follows: • The definition of an undertaking has been modified. • Undertakings that engage in the modern trade of foodstuffs and […]

Social Housing Monthly Law Update – November 2018

By David Isaacson TLT provides monthly law update on all things affecting social housing. Key highlights of this month include:  New ICO GDPR guidance: Passwords and encryption in online services and websites  Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): important changes  Government announces new generation of council housing  Continuity of planning (environmental) requirements when the UK leaves […]

Romania: Supreme Court renders decision on the point of law

By Dana Rădulescu, Anca Băițan Supreme Court’s Decision highlights The Supreme Court rendered the Decision no. 53 rendered on June 18, 2018, recently published in the Official Gazette on November 5, 2018, on the point of law (the ”Decision”). To put things in context, we mention that the Supreme Court renders a Decision on the […]

Impact of UK property changes on Jersey and Guernsey structures

The UK Government has announced that with effect from April 2019, it intends to bring non-UK investors into scope for either capital gains tax (“CGT”) or corporation tax (“CT”) on any direct or indirect gains made in relation to investments in UK property. Jersey and Guernsey have responded to the public consultations and liaised with […]

Switzerland – Proposed new class action procedure

By Dr Urs Feller, Nina Lim In Switzerland, typical class actions as known in many other jurisdictions are not available. However, ‘Dieselgate’ and similar cases also affect consumers in Switzerland. If a large number of people suffer the same or similar damage, each has to file their claim individually. While total damages are usually large the individual […]

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In brief: English solicitors

English solicitors are twice as likely to have a complaint filed against them than their Scottish counterparts. Figures released to The Lawyer from the Law Society of Scotland show that only one in 1,000 legal transactions produced a complaint against Scottish solicitors. This compares with one in 500 transactions resulting in a complaint being made […]

Square Mile

The radical slimming of insurance panels which has recently dominated the news pages of the legal press has come as no surprise to anyone who has been involved in insurance related litigation for more than a few years. Five years ago, the loss adjuster community was reeling from a similar tightening of the insurance belt, […]

Don't politicise death penalty

I refer to the interview with Lord Browne-Wilkinson (The Lawyer, 17 May 1999). Enforcement of the death penalty, which is nothing more than state sponsored murder, must be subject to the greatest constitutional safeguards. If one allows political considerations to come into play you develop the situation in the US, where in the year leading […]

Syndicate of firms to offer audit service

A syndicate of medium-sized firms from across the UK have launched a new type of audit and insurance scheme to protect clients from tribunal claims. The Quality Law Group has created an employment protection package called Praesidium, whereby companies pay a fixed annual rate for services rather than paying for advice on a per-hour basis. […]

Scottish bar investigates ex-Rangers chief

Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates, the equivalent of the Bar Council in England and Wales, is investigating whether disciplinary action should be brought against one its members, after he was alleged to have made anti-catholic comments, including, “Fuck the Pope and the Vatican.” Donald Findlay, a senior defence QC, resigned as vice-chairman of Glasgow Rangers Football […]

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