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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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Clifford Chance is holding elections for a new Asia managing partner after Jim Baird (pictured) stepped down due to ill health. Baird was taken ill when travelling in Asia earlier in the year and is currently in a critical condition under care of specialists in Hong Kong. Baird has been with the firm for over […]

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Data security and outsourcing – the FSA turns up the heat

In a report published in April by its Financial Crime and Intelligence Division (FCID), the FSA warns that many financial services organisations are still falling substantially short of what it expects of them in safeguarding the security of their customer data, and that this presents a “serious, widespread and high-impact risk” to the FSA’s objective […]

McDermott loses two partners as 2Birds swoops

McDermott Will & Emery has lost the head of its Brussels office after Bird & Bird poached a two-­partner competition team from the US firm. José Rivas, who was head of the Brussels competition team, as well as managing partner of McDermott’s Brussels office, has joined Bird & Bird’s competition group along with EU law […]

ASB Law office closures spark 45 job cuts

South East firm ASB Law has begun a redundancy consultation with 45 staff, including seven fee-earners, after consolidating its Brighton and Horsham offices with its Crawley and Maidstone bases. As The Lawyer reported (16 June), the firm had expected that the 80 staff in Brighton and Horsham would move to the other offices. The closures […]

Landmark, 7KBW are five stars, but Matrix turnover flatlines

Landmark Chambers and 7 King’s Bench Walk (7KBW) have each posted a 5 per cent increase in turnover in the last financial year, while Matrix Chambers’ revenue has stalled. Planning set Landmark saw its turnover boosted from £19.3m in 2006-07 to £20.2m in 2007-08. Chief executive Joanna Poulton told The Lawyer that an extremely healthy […]

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