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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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A&O provides quickest route to partnership

The promotions round for 2007 has revealed that it takes an average of 8.6 years of PQE for UK associates in the top 10 UK firms to be promoted to the partnership, a rise of almost a year compared with promotions in 2004. This also represents a slight rise on the previous year, when it […]

Tony Wales: AOL Europe

The multiplicity of issues arising out of the sell-off of part of AOL Europe’s business last year ensured general counsel Tony Wales and his team were kept on their toes. By Matt Byrne If there is one message that AOL Europe general counsel Tony Wales is determined to communicate, it is that he still exists. […]

Extra effort

Blackstone Chambers’ joint head of chambers Ian Mill QC is something of a frustrated actor, Tulkinghorn has learnt. While at university Mill made every effort to secure a role as an extra in the 1980s classic Chariots of Fire, which was being filmed in his college and ultimately went on to win an Oscar. Unfortunately […]

Freshfields restructure sparks new legal threat

Former litigation head Rickard poised to sue as seven more partners leave Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is facing a slew of partner departures and a potential claim by its former disputes co-head at the end of a financial year that has seen a punishing restructuring programme. A departing group of at least seven partners from projects, […]

Herbies raises associate salaries 15 per cent

Herbert Smith is the latest firm to announce salary increases with one and two year PQE associates faring best under the revisions, which add an average of 15 per cent to associate salaries. While associates with three years’ PQE will see salaries increase by just 11%, from £81,000 to £90,000, this does bring the salary […]

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