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Switzerland – restructuring and insolvency activity

The Swiss federal government’s Expert Group expects Switzerland’s GDP to fall by 1.5 per cent in 2020, down from previous expectations in December 2019 that predicted a rise of 1.3 per cent, mainly because of covid-19.

Romania – Consumer protection updates in the audio-visual media field

In November 2018, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union enacted the Directive (EU) 2018/1808 amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination on certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administration in Member States concerning the provision of audio-visual media services in view of changing market realities (the “Audio-Visual Media Services Directive”).


Lord Justice Phillips to replace Lord Lloyd

Lord Justice Phillips, the judge currently conducting the BSE inquiry, is to replace Lord Lloyd of Berwick in the House of Lords at the end of the year. Lord Lloyd’s long-expected retirement from the Lords was announced by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week and his departure will follow hard on the heels of the […]

SIF: the fall of the mutual fund

As the Law Society looks to the open market, Shaun Pye traces the history of the much-maligned system. September 1987:The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is born.

Bromley court faces strike threat

Staff at Bromley County Court are being balloted this week on whether to hold what would be the first ever strike at a county court. The 27 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are being balloted over whether to stage a five-day strike because of staff shortages and low morale. Jean-Paul Aubin-Parvu, […]

Cape Town takeover

South African firm Hofmeyr Herbstein Gihwala & Cluver has added 20-lawyer Cape Town-based Walkers to its growing national network. Hofmeyr will pick up Walkers’ clients like Old Mutual, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, which is in the process of demutualising.

Quote of the week

“I don’t see why I should answer questions from you… you’ve shown your lack of commitment to the courts by leaving.” – David Marsh, group manager of the London Group of County Courts, to Jean-Paul Aubin-Parvu at a Bromley County Court users’ meeting. Aubin-Parvu, the union representative at the court, is leaving after eight years […]

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