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From footfall to clicks – experts talk retail risk

By Gary Assim and Sarah Teal Poundworld has entered administration, and just before that it was announced that House of Fraser would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some of the UK’s largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever […]

Austria: The time has come – Federal Procurement Act 2018 just around the corner

More than four years after the entry into force of the new EU Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU), more than two years after the deadline for transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, the time has come. Following the respective resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the Federal Council […]

Ireland: Proposed amendments to the Parental Leave Bill

The Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017, which extends the applicability and duration of parental leave, was passed by the Dail yesterday. The Bill will now proceed to the Seanad where it must be passed before it is signed into law by the President. If enacted, the legislation will come into operation three months after its […]

Employment Briefing – June 2018

This month’s newsletter covers: Gender pay gap reporting – are you on track for next year’s report? Proposals to enhance workplace rights for fathers EHRC highlights deficient workplace protections against sexual harassment Changes to taxation of termination payments Employers who engage contractors – Be aware of new corporate criminal offences for failing to prevent facilitation […]

Switzerland: revised version of corporate tax reform

On 7 June 2018, the Swiss Council of States  issued its revised version for a corporate tax reform. It is based on the government’s proposal issued in March 2017. The purpose of this new proposal is to set the basis for new rules on Swiss corporate taxation (the last proposal having been rejected in a […]

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Firm bucks Asia trend

Cleveland-based US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has bucked recent trends and opened offices in Hong Kong and Taipei. The 400-lawyer firm has recruited former Baker & McKenzie partner Nicholas Chen to head up Taipei. Partner James Tsang, from Seattle-based Perkins Coie, and former general counsel of General Electric-China, Mao Tong will head the Hong […]

Time to bury SIF

SIF director Elizabeth Mullins has pointed out the main costs benefit of mutuality: there is no need for SIF to make a profit (The Lawyer, 25 August). By the same reasoning, I should take my business away from the qualified surgeon and allow my wife to extract my appendix. Can we give a decent burial […]

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, […]

book of the week

The Legal 500. Solicitors and barristers will be indulging in a frantic scramble to see if they have been included in the latest edition of The Legal 500. Exercising commendable restraint, its authors appear to have kept its size down to manageable levels this year.

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