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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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Hitting the right set

Kate McNally looks at the challenges facing the Pach system in its second year. Kate McNally is a freelance journalist. The second year of the controversial Pupillage Application Clearing House (Pach) is under way. It now remains to be seen whether the changes implemented ahead of this year’s application process have ironed out some fairly […]

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CONTROVERSY is stalking the newly-reformed Legal Practice Course, set to make its debut in law schools around the country this September. At stake is the future of the LPC as we know it. Last month the Law Society put a ‘freeze’ on the number of LPC places available or, in the words of chair Simon […]

Making progress, not tea

…while George Laurencin got lucky at a London chambers. George Laurencin did a mini pupillage at Doughty Street Chambers, London. Mini pupillage: to the lay person this sounds like an unpleasant eye disorder. However, to those in the know the term refers to a short period of placement, usually a week at the most, with […]

Necessary reforms

Michael Brindle considers whether drafting a new set of rules will mean confusion for the commercial Court. Michael Brindle QC is a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers. The Commercial Court led the way in introducing case management techniques into civil litigation. The Commercial Court Guide, which existed before Lord Woolf started his campaign to clean […]

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