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    Head of the UK Law Societies’ Brussels Office gives evidence in the House of Lords

    2018-05-25T08:24:00Z

    On 15 May 2018, Helena Raulus, head of Brussels office of the UK Law Societies, gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee as part of their follow-up enquiry on civil justice co-operation post-Brexit. She appeared alongside Alex Layton QC who was representing the Bar Council of ...

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    CCBE releases their 2017 annual report

    2018-05-24T15:19:00Z

    The CCBE represents European bars and law societies in their common interests. In this role, it acts as a liaison between members and the European institutions, international organisations and other legal organisations around the world. The annual report , which summarises what the CCBE has been working on over ...

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    Law Society of Scotland launches its consultation on price transparency

    2018-05-22T15:43:00Z

    Today, the Law Society of Scotland launched its consultation in which it will ask the legal profession and consumer bodies about their views on price transparency of legal services.

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    Five major lawyers associations issue a letter supporting Turkish lawyers

    2018-04-30T11:55:00Z

    The Law Society of England and Wales joined the Bar Council, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, the International Association of Lawyers and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute in sending an open letter to Turkish authorities concerning the rising number of cases of human rights ...

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    Another chapter in the Pisciotti Saga: CJEU rules that his extradition to the USA was lawful

    2018-04-30T11:13:00Z

    The arrest of the Italian businessman Romano Pisciotti at Frankfurt Airport on 17 June 2013 has been the cause of many judicial decisions. The latest, if not last, was rendered in April by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Mr. Pisciotti’s recent judicial history has in ...

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    Law Society of Scotland launches survey of the returning EU powers which intersect with devolved law

    2018-04-30T09:25:00Z

    The Law Society of Scotland issued a survey of the returning EU powers which intersect with devolved law to add further information to the debate. The survey covers the powers in the list, including details of the implementing legislation for Scotland and, where appropriate, for the UK (occasionally on a ...

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    America’s new CLOUD Act signals the start of a new era of international data rule

    2018-04-30T08:29:00Z

    On 23 March, President Trump signed into law the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (the CLOUD Act), buried deep down on page 2201 of the 2232-page Omnibus Spending Bill (Omnibus Bill). The Act expands American and foreign law enforcement’s ability to target and access individual’s data across international ...

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    April case law digest

    2018-04-26T09:03:00Z

    This month, we bring you an overview of the most important cases before the Court of Justice f the EU, in particular De Capitani v Parliament (on access to documents), immigration and the right to strike.

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    Law Society of Northern Ireland claims first successes with Tradata training events

    2018-04-25T15:14:00Z

    The first of two training events on the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) took place on Friday 13th April 2018 in partnership with the Law Society of Northern Ireland (“LSNI”).

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    Five major lawyers associations issue a letter supporting Turkish lawyers

    2018-04-25T15:14:00Z

    The Law Society of England and Wales joined the Bar Council, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, the International Association of Lawyers and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute in sending an open letter to Turkish authorities concerning the rising number of cases of human rights ...

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    The Law Society of England and Wales' response to the Commission's State Aid decision regarding UK CFC rules

    2018-04-24T14:36:00Z

    The Law Society of England and Wales has published a response in relation to the European Commission’s decision dated 26 October 2017 (the Decision ) to investigate aspects of the UK’s tax rules for controlled foreign companies ( CFCs ).

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    Law Society of Scotland responds to two Scottish Government consultations on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT)

    2018-04-24T08:30:00Z

    The Law Society of Scotland’s (LSS) Tax Law sub-committee has recently responded to two Scottish Government consultations on Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). LBTT is a progressive tax applied in Scotland to residential and non-residential land and buildings transactions where a chargeable interest is acquired.

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    The EU draws up a list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes

    2018-04-23T14:17:00Z

     The EU finalised its list of non-cooperative jurisdictions (so called black list) on 6 December 2017. The list is a tool to deal with external threats to Member States’ tax bases and is meant to promote dialogue and cooperation on tax issues.

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    Call for papers: Indirect discrimination in access to justice

    2018-04-09T12:05:00Z

    EWLA and the UK Law Societies Office are looking for papers and speakers on developing legal tools to assess and challenge member state action in situations where there is indirect gender discrimination. The deadline for application is 30 April.

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    Law Societies Brussels Office gives evidence on Brexit in the European Parliament

    2018-03-29T11:38:00Z

    On 21 March 2018, Dr Helena Raulus, Head of the UK Law Societies Joint Brussels Office, took part in an exchange of information on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU at the constitutional affairs committee (AFCO) of the European Parliament. Beginning with a presentation, Dr Raulus provided insights ...

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    Traineeship at the Court of Justice of the European Union

    2018-03-29T10:10:00Z

    An unpaid traineeship of approximately 3 months will be available in the Chambers of Judge Christopher Vajda at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg from 7 th  January 2019 to 29 th March 2019.

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    Lady Hale announced as key speaker at annual conference

    2018-03-29T09:02:00Z

    Lady Hale is the first keynote speaker to be confirmed for the Law Society of Scotland’s annual conference in October one of the highlights of the Scottish legal calendar. The conference, Leading Legal Excellence, promises a wide-ranging agenda on the day, with keynote speakers, streamed sessions and workshops. Further information ...

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    Opportunity for newly qualified solicitors to join Council

    2018-03-29T08:55:00Z

    Newly qualified Scottish solicitors and trainees who have been admitted to the profession can now (for the first time) stand for election as a Law Society Council member. Unlike the majority of Council seats, NQ candidates do not necessarily need to be based in Scotland. More information about the application ...

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    Brexit: trade in non-financial services

    2018-03-29T08:54:00Z

    The Law Society of Scotland has submitted comments to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee follow-up inquiry on trade in non-financial services, following the report it published in March 2017. 

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    March case law digest

    2018-03-28T20:12:00Z

    This month, we bring you an overview of the most important cases decided by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), including Slovak Republic v Achmea dealing with the intra-EU bilateral investment agreements (BITs) and De Capitani v European Parliament on access to documents.