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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”).


In brief: Lord Chancellor warned on premiums

Premier legal expenses insurer Abbey Legal Protection has warned the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, that the poor must receive help to pay for their premiums. It says either a continuing legal aid scheme will have to help poorer litigants or the solicitors must include the cost in their fees – and be prepared to write […]

Dutch-Belgian firm DSH opens Dusseldorf office

Dutch-Belgian firm DSH Derks Star Busmann Hanotiau has become the third international firm – after Shearman & Sterling and Clifford Chance – to establish a permanent base in Dusseldorf. From the start of next year, Ton Heebing, a dual Dutch-German-qualified partner in the firm’s Arnheim office, will be stationed in the city on a full-time […]

Stoy Hayward comes out against MDPs

Accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward has launched a public campaign against MDPs in an attempt to woo law firm clients. Following Arthur Andersen’s attempt to merge with Simmons & Simmons, and the launching of law firms by Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, several accountancy firms on the rung below the big six are publicly […]

In brief: Pinsents' recruit aims to develop practice

Construction law partner Jonathan Hawkswell has left Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Sheffield office to join Pinsent Curtis in Leeds. He will be charged with developing Pinsents’ construction practice. Hawkswell said: “There is the experience and resource here to represent clients in resolving their disputes commercially and effectively.”

Dame Porter likely to appeal if surcharged

Dame Shirley Porter’s appeal against the “homes for votes” surcharge may not be the end of the matter, reports Roger Pearson. Judgment may be given before Christmas in the case in which Dame Shirley Porter and former colleagues on Westminster City Council are challenging a £31.6m surcharge imposed on them by the district auditor. The […]

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