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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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Newly-qualified wages at leading City firms have spiralled upwards this month following a breakdown in salary information sharing between the top firms. Until now, the club or “magic circle” of senior and managing partners from the top firms met regularly and are known to have commissioned surveys on the going salary rates from an accountancy […]

Fee group pushes for reviews

A newly-formed alliance of pressure groups set up to campaign against the recent hike in civil court fees, is seeking cases for judicial review to get the increases abolished. The initiative follows a successful judicial review last March which led to the reintroduction of exemption or remission of High Court and County court fees for […]

Litigation Personal Injury 06/05/97

Scott v Lake – QBD 8 April 1997 Claimant: Christopher Scott, 2Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant, 18 at time of accident, left in persistent vegetative state after accident. Can only be fed through tube, is unable to do anything for himself and is cared for at a nursing home close to his family home […]

Property

Linklaters & Paines advised MEPC on its £80m acquisition of C&J Clark’s factory outlets at Street, Kendal and Doncaster and of Ritenuto Holding BV’s interest at Doncaster. Freshfields advised C&J Clark on corporate matters and Chubb Bulleid on property matters. Wright Son & Pepper advised Ritenuto.

ADR on the increase

Almost 90 per cent of large US companies have used mediation to settle disputes in the past three years, according to a recent survey of more than half of America’s largest companies. The report also revealed that 79 per cent of companies used arbitration. However, while Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is on the increase, 50 […]

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