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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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Deepak Singh finds a criminal doesn't always forfeit all rights

The desire to strip convicted offenders from the benefit of their unlawful activities led Parliament to pass the draconian provisions of the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986 and part VI of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (CJA) which enables courts to make orders to confiscate amounts equal to the value of the benefit derived from […]

Who's sorry now?

There have been few times in the past when the valuing profession has been the subject of such intense scrutiny by the courts. Writ after writ seems to be issued by lenders whose loans of the late 1980s have gone into default and who have only been able to realise the security property at a […]

Boodles' south coast team sold to rival

THE SOUTHAMPTON office of London firm Boodle Hatfield has defected en masse to Plymouth-based Bond Pearce. Boodle Hatfield sold the office along with 16 lawyers earlier this month. Just one Southampton lawyer, an agricultural property specialist, stayed on board, moving to Boodle Hatfield’s new Oxford office. The firm has put a brave face on the […]

Home working on the increase, survey says

Technological advances in law firms are increasing the trend for working from home. In a recent survey among 600 firms, 54 per cent of of law and accountancy practice members said they work from home at least once a week. The survey, conducted by law, business and tax publishers Tolley into the working practices of […]

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