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Companies to register their beneficial owners in the Bulgarian Commercial Register and Register for Non-profit Legal Persons 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 […]

Commercial Court dismisses allegations of fraud in connection with forex demo accounts

By Robin Henry, Jean-Martin Louw In a highly critical Commercial Court judgment, Mr Justice Knowles has described two investment funds’ allegations of fraud against a forex trading firm as “an elaborate and expensive, unmeritorious attempt” to “throw off their responsibility onto the shoulders of the defendants”. Background The claimants’ business model was to offer investors equity in […]

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Financial figures 'misleading'

The PROPORTION of discrete financial services business provided by solicitors remains dwarfed by that of other main providers, say the latest industry figures. Solicitors provided only four per cent of services nationally, compared with 11 per cent from accountants and a massive 31 per cent from independent financial advisers (IFAs), says industry body IFA Promotion. […]

Hants firm centralises commercial team

Hampshire firm White & Bowker is centralising its commercial team as part of a three-point strategy. It is setting up White & Bowker Commercial, a team occupying the Southampton office, a business development team (BDT) and revamping its logo. Marketing director, Martin Davies, says: “We are regrouping our commercial team into one building. This will […]

Bar Council faces access issue again

THE Bar Council could face a demand from barristers for direct access by the public, partnership between the two arms of the profession and higher court advocacy rights for the employed Bar, if resolutions are passed at its annual general meeting next month. The Bar Council has already rejected wider direct access. The partnership question […]

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