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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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Simpson Thacher raids Freshfields for Beijing launch

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has poached Freshfields partner to launch its new office in Beijing. M&A partner, Douglas Markel, will head up the firm’s China practice, part of the firm’s Asian practice which includes offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Markel replaced Freshfields previous China head, Michael Moser, in February last year when Moser left […]

Berryman makes up two, hires one

•Midlands-based Berryman has made two internal partner promotions and one lateral hire. Property development specialist Adam Youatt, IP lawyer Scott Farnsworth and commercial contracts expert Ed Wright took up their posts in April. Youatt and Farnsworth are both established Berryman lawyers, while Wright joins from Denton Wilde Sapte. Managing partner James Jarvis said: “These are […]

Merger creates Lancs powerhouse

Lancashire law firms Marsdens and Rawsthorns have merged to form one of the largest commercial teams in the North West region. Following the announcement of plans to join forces in March, the new firm, Marsden Rawsthorn was launched officially on May 1st. The firm will have 105 staff spread across offices in Preston, Fulwood and […]

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Herbies makes moves to boost Dubai

Herbert Smith is strengthening its Middle East presence with one partner transferring from Paris and another two set to move across in the summer. The firm opened its Dubai office under former Norton Rose partners Nadim Khan and Zubair Mir in March. While their focus is on finance, the firm has moved Paris-based international projects […]

BLP halves promotions but elects more associate directors

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has promoted six associates to the partnership, fewer than half the record 13 promoted last year. However, the firm has also promoted a further four lawyers to the associate director position it created as an alternative to partnership last year (The Lawyer, 20 November 2006). Real estate finance got two new […]

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