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The online sale of pharmaceutical products in Romania has been on the rise in recent years. This strengthening trend can be attributed to the growth of online purchases in Romania in general and to the fact that, until recently, the law left room for interpretation in this area.  Recent amendments to the laws governing the sale of […]

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The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, published the Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018 on 2 August 2018 with the aim of significantly clarifying, strengthening and modernising the law relating to the reporting of deaths to coroners. The Bill, once enacted, will amend the Coroners Act 1962. The Bill allows for a wider scope of […]

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Construction: can a company in liquidation refer a dispute to adjudication?

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has delivered a significant judgment in Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd v Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in Liquidation) [2018] EWHC 2043 (TCC) where the company seeking to refer a dispute to adjudication was in liquidation. The substance of the dispute related to the contractor’s claim for payment allegedly due for […]

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Cadwalader makes 96 redundant; total 131 this year

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WFW opts for piecemeal growth

WATSON FARLEY & WILLIAMS No US merger for now, but growth is still the goal Watson Farley & Williams managing partner Michael Greville has ruled out another US merger in the short term, with the firm seeking to expand its stateside offering piece by piece. The firm, best known for its ship finance and energy […]

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Indian Bar Council lifts web ad restrictions

The Bar Council of India has lifted restrictions on law firm websites, allowing Indian lawyers to launch their own websites giving basic information about themselves to prospective clients. The decision comes after local lawyer VB Joshi filed a petition in 2000 challenging the Bar Council’s Rule 36, which bans lawyers in India from any type […]

DLA Piper makes London lay-offs

DLA Piper has made five lawyers redundant in its technology, media and commercial group. The lay-offs, which were all in firm’s London office, included three assistant solicitors, a legal director and an associate solicitor. A spokesman for the firm said the firm was examining staffing levels in all its practice groups as it faced the […]

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