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CEE ramps up screening of foreign direct investments (FDI)

FDI screening was for a long time a blank spot on the regulatory landscape for most countries in Central Eastern Europe (CEE). Unlike Western European Member States, so far relatively few countries in Central Eastern Europe (Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania) had instruments that allowed vetting foreign investments; albeit often with little practical relevance. In its […]

Fixed costs: The impact of contributory negligence on trial advocacy fees

CPR 45.29C sets out the amount of fixed costs payable in Fast Track claims where a claim no longer continues under the RTA Protocol. Where a claim is disposed of at trial, costs of £2,655.00 are payable, alongside 20% of the damages agreed or awarded and the relevant trial advocacy fee. The protocol for EL/PL […]

Captive board meetings in the time of Covid

In extraordinary times such as the present Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of a captive insurance company focusing on fundamentals like the proper calling, conduct and recording of board meetings cannot be overstated.


Knowles, Nigel – Hot 100

In a year when many of its mid-market rivals stumbled, the DLA juggernaut rolled on, thanks in no small part to its iconic managing partner Nigel Knowles. 2004 saw the firm split with its German ally Görg before raiding that firm to set up its own offices in Cologne and Hamburg. Later, in October, Knowles […]

Petering Piper?

A New year, a new name. But what’s this? The new, improved DLA already appears to have lost something over the Christmas break. A call to the London office was answered thus: “Good afternoon, DLA Piper.” Whither Rudnick? And Grey? Carey? And what’s the betting on Piper lasting the year?

Contract killers

The legal relationship between employers and employees is constantly evolving and in the UK can be confusing, but a recent ECJ decision provides some clarity. By Tim Johnson UK employment law continues to be heavily reliant on its roots in the 19th century. Hence the importance that is still attached to the nature of the […]

Beaumonts lands Paris player Cabinet Garnault

Aviation specialist Beaumont and Son has sealed a takeover of Paris firm Cabinet Garnault. As first revealed on (5 January), the Paris office will operate under the banner Beaumont Garnault, with a partnership comprising Beaumonts’ partners plus two former Cabinet Garnault aviation partners. These two avocats and four other legacy Cabinet Garnault lawyers will not join […]

Rous, Simon – Hot 100

The managing partner of the lesser-known Exeter, Plymouth and London branch of Bevan Ashford is finally having his day in the sun following the 1 November split with its larger Bristol, Birmingham and London partner. Simon Rous, Ashfords’ managing partner and a former Clifford Chance lawyer, steered his firm through the demerger and the opening […]

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