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New rules governing online sale of medicinal products in Romania

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 […]

Ireland: new Coroners Bill aims to modernise the law and address maternal deaths

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 […]

Helping customers to help themselves: How technology can help

Banking litigation experts Rob Aberdein and Justin Coley from Walker Morris’ Lender Services team explain how lenders and law firms can harness new technology and debt management solutions to offer an enhanced customer journey and improved lender/borrower relationships. 

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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New York Bar bans lawyers from working in firms owned by non-lawyers

The New York Bar has banned lawyers in the state from becoming an employee of a firm in which non-lawyers hold a stake, effectively preventing UK firms with New York bases from seeking external investment. The ruling by New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), issued yesterday, applies to law firms in other states or outside […]

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Time to equitise your HR director

At a time when most law firms are looking at how they can reduce the size of their equity partnerships, restrict entry to the equity and make sure that as few equity partners as possible are in a position where they are doing no fee-earning work, what I am about to do may seem odd, […]

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Baker & McKenzie pulls plug on San Diego base

Baker & McKenzie is to close its San Diego office at the end of the month with all fee-earners and staff losing their jobs. The firm said it is winding down its presence in the city as the base has ceased to be viable. Seven fee-earners and more than a dozen staff have been given […]

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Grim cases take a toll on lawyers

Hearing and seeing evidence of abuse can affect professionals, who need training to cope The evidence of the torture and murder of 15-year-old Kirsty Bamu in the recent witchcraft trial at the Old Bailey dramatically highlights the issue of secondary traumatic stress. This is a condition that affects professionals exposed either to clients who suffer […]

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