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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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Would Brexit mean the end of the Unified Patent Court?

The Unitary European Patent system aims to support innovation by cutting red tape, costs and save time by automatically validating a single patent in all EU countries that have ratified the Unified Patent Court treaty and which have at the same time adhered to the UE regulation on the European unitary patent.

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Bird & Bird announces plans to open patent-focused Luxembourg office

Bird & Bird has announced that it has applied to the Luxembourg bar for approval to launch in the Grand Duchy, its 28th office worldwide. The planned Luxembourg office is aimed at supporting the firm’s work with the new Unified Patent Court (UPC), which will be based in the jurisdiction, as well as litigation before […]

Slaughters and Pinsents on call as property giants plot merger

Slaughter and May and Pinsent Masons are acting on a proposed £500m merger between Countrywide and LSL, which would create the UK’s biggest property group. Corporate partner Richard Smith is leading the Slaughters team acting for Countrywide, alongside associate Harry Hecht. Smith is the firm’s client relationship partner for Countrywide, and has acted for the […]

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Firms poised to pull out of Mipim as jitters over coronavirus escalate

Law firms are assessing whether to attend Mipim 2020 as the list of companies pulling out of the annual real estate conference rises over Coronavirus fears. Real estate lawyers have been talking with peers at other firms to gauge what they are doing and discuss the risks involved. Hogan Lovells will make a decision within […]

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