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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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For South Yorkshire firm Taylor & Emmet Solicitors, 2009 will be a landmark year. After steady growth, with turnover rising from £5m to £7m over four years, the coming year will see the firm convert to LLP status, expand its headcount and broaden its practice areas to cope with a more cut-throat commercial environment. Examples […]

DLA Piper layoffs compound US legal market turmoil

DLA Piper has made its second round of layoffs this week, shedding 180 US employees. The international firm has culled 80 associates and 100 support stuff from its US offices. On Monday the firm laid off 30 lawyers and 110 support staff (10 Feb 2009). DLA Piper is one of an unprecedented number of firms […]

Professional Negligence Special Report: Event horizon

Regulators are looking afresh at the activities of professionals, and litigation is sure to follow. But how will these claims be paid for? asks Peter Smith. For many professional groups the principle of self-regulation – once the very definition of professionalism – has been under attack for some time, and the credit crunch may finish […]

Browne Jacobson appoints new chief

Browne Jacobson appoints new chief” />Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has appointed its head of business ­services as managing partner. Iain Blatherwick replaces Brian Smith, the firm’s managing partner since 2001. Smith will return to his former role as head of planning and corporate. ­Partner Gavin Cummings becomes the new head of business services. The firm […]

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