Archive for the 'Legal News' Category

Landmark ruling could spell end of ‘kiss and tell’

Monday, December 18th, 2006

The court of appeal delivered a blow yesterday to “kiss and tell” celebrity exposes in a ruling described as a turning point in the development of English privacy law. Lawyers said the judgment would make it easier for celebrities to keep friends, former partners and ex-employees from selling details of their private lives to the media. (more…)

Ted Maher in court of Monaco to reduce sentence

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Monaco’s most famous prisoner, American Ted Maher, claims not to have planned his fantastic escape in 2003. Last year he was sentenced to a further nine months imprisonment for his escape on June 21st 2003 from the Monegasque prison on the Rock. On last November 27, he appeared in court to appeal this decision, claiming it to be unjust. (more…)

Gaines-Cooper ruling affects Monaco: British tax authorities win domicile status case that could impact rich businessmen

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Robert Gaines-Cooper, a British multi-millionaire who claimed residency in the Seychelles, is reported to be facing tax bills going back to 1993, in a court decision which could impact on the status of UK millionaires in Monaco.More... The case centers on how British tax authorities determine residence and domicile status for the purposes of paying tax. Currently, a British citizen can claim non-residency, and have the right not to pay tax to Britain, provided they do not spend more than 183 days in any single year in the UK or an average of 90 days a year over a period of four years. However, because days of entry and departure have not counted, many wealthy businessmen have been able to fly to the UK early Monday morning and be back late Wednesday night, having done effectively three days work which only represented one day out of the permissible 90. HM Revenue & Customs, which took the case to court, appears to have ignored its own guidelines to pursue Mr. Gaines-Cooper, arguing that despite the fact he was within the 90-day ruling he had very close links to his homeland. His wife reportedly spends most of her time in the UK and their son is at school there. HM Revenue & Customs wanted to count every night spent in the UK – not just the days – and the Special Commissioners, who hear tax disputes before they go to the High Court, upheld that aim. 
Mr. Gaines-Cooper plans to appeal, but the ruling will have sent shivers down the backs of Monaco’s Millionaires - and their wives.

World Summit on International Security in Monaco

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

In margin of the International Forum on the Crime which was held during all last week in the Principality, VIIIème Summit on Interior and External Safety– Homeland and Global Security Forum - gathered, as for him, from last November 2 to November 4, many delegations came from more than 100 countries. (more…)

Signing of two new collective agreements for concierges & caretakers and janitors

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Two new collective agreements were signed on Monday 23rd October 2006 in the briefing room of the Ministry of State, in the presence of Denis Ravera, Government Counselor for Social Affairs and Health, Eric Bessi, Director of Labor and Patricia Novaretti, Assistant Director of Labor. (more…)

60e birthday of the establishment of the Labor Court of Monaco

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

On Thursday October 12, 2006 took place a ceremony at the Hotel Hermitage, organized to mark the 60e birthday of the establishment of the Labor Court of Monaco. After have been welcomed by MM. Jacques Wolzock and Jean-Paul Hamet, President and Vice-president of the Labor Court, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince Albert II underlined the exemplarity taking into consideration fundamental principle of the right, of this specific organization which associates employers, paid and professional magistrates.

Government bill before the National Council at the beginning of 2007

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

The Monaco Government is finalising a bill that should be presented to the National Council during the first half of 2007”, Denis Ravera, Government Counsellor for Social Affairs and Health, stated. The general principle of the text being prepared: the banning of smoking in public areas. The rationale: to respect individual freedom while protecting the public from passive smoking. Advertising for tobacco, however, will be maintained. In France, smoking in all public areas will be prohibited as from 1st February 2007.

Bill on the tobacco before the national Council of Monaco at the beginning of 2007

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

The Government of Monaco finalizes a bill which should be deposited before the national Council during the first quarter 2007”, heralded Mr. Denis Ravera, Government advisor for the Social Affairs and Health. Principle of the text in preparation: prohibition to smoke in the public places. Its philosophy: to respect an individual freedom while protecting the public from the passive tobacconist. Publicity on the tobacco will be, as for it, maintained. For your information note that in France, prohibition to smoke in the public places will come into effect on February 1, 2007.

Data protection: Summary of the meeting between 15 French-speaking states

Monday, September 18th, 2006

On the initiative of the Monegasque Committee for Personal Data Control (CCIN) and the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL), independent French-speaking authorities met in Monaco on 5th September 2006 in the presence of a representative of the Secretary General of the International Organisation of French-speaking Communities. (more…)

Another nine months for Maher

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Ted Maher, the American nurse who set fire to a waste paper bin in the apartment of his boss, the billionaire Edmond Safra, inadvertenly causing his death, has been given an extra nine months for escaping from Monaco jail in January 2003.