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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”).

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Shake-up planned for industrial tribunals

PLANS to streamline and speed up the UK’s industrial tribunal system are likely to receive a cautious welcome by employment lawyers. In a Green Paper unveiled last week, the Government is proposing to clamp down on “hopeless cases”, increase the role of legally-trained chairmen, and ensure that as many disputes as possible are settled voluntarily. […]

Sayer takes over from Griggs at Ince & Co

NICHE shipping and insurance firm Ince & Co is to get a new senior partner. Richard Sayer is to take over at the head of the firm from Patrick Griggs at the end of next year. Griggs remains at the firm as a consultant and will stay a major player in the maritime law arena. […]

BR finishes legal outsourcing

THE FINAL stage of outsourcing of British Rail’s legal work has been completed, with its litigation tender being split between London firms Vizards and Kennedys. Eighteen lawyers have moved with the work – nine to each firm – leaving BR’s legal department with 14 solicitors. Staff start at Kennedys on 9 January, while Vizards has […]

In brief: Young solicitors discuss quality of life

The London branch of the Trainee Solicitors’ Group has met with Young Solicitors’ Group chair Andy Unger to discuss quality of life in the legal profession. The meeting, held at Wilde Sapte’s new Fleet Place offices earlier this month, included input on control over hours, more flexible approaches for fee-earners, use of technology, and team […]

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