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European public procurement: Commentary on Directive 2014/24/EU

The detailed commentary on European public procurement provides an authoritative interpretation of each provision in the main EU Directive on public procurement – Directive 2014/24/EU. It also highlights the application problems and interpretative issues being raised in EU Member States, which in due time will make their way up to the CJEU or even require further legislative interventions.

There is no normal: rapid change requires resilience

Phil Muller, director of legal services at Williams Lea, explains why law firms need to make better use of data, technology and distributed working to future-proof their business models.

Offshore Litigation: Rule in Gibbs applied – Recognition of Singapore moratoria denied in Scotland

In the recent Scottish case of Chang Chin Fen v Cosco Shipping (Qidong) Offshore Ltd, the Outer House of the Court of Session refused petitions brought by debtor companies under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations, 2006 to, amongst other things, recognise moratoria obtained in the Singapore High Court on the basis that to do so would prejudice the rights of a creditor to claim under its English-law governed debt, which stood outside the proposed Singapore schemes.

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Lewis Silkin and Hill Dickinson place staff on furlough

Hill Dickinson and Lewis Silkin are placing some of their non-fee-earners and associates on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Lawyer understands. Both firms have taken the decision to use the UK Government’s grant scheme – providing furloughed staff with 80 per cent of their wage. A Lewis Silkin spokesperson said: “Our absolute focus […]

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Dentons unveils contingency measures for Continental European offices

Dentons is reducing the cash distributions of its partnership in Continental Europe and Central Asia, as part of a package of measures to reduce the potential damage of the Covid-19 crisis on its business. The firm is also asking staff to take 50 per cent of their holidays before September, while partner monthly draws will be […]

Shoosmiths mulls cut in working hours by 20 per cent

Shoosmiths is considering cutting down partner and staff working hours by 20 per cent to weather the coronavirus pandemic. The firm has said it is consulting with partners and staff on moving to a four-day week, which will be on a temporary, voluntary basis and entail a 20 per cent cut in pay and benefits. […]

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