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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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Polly Peck property proceeds probe

Polly Peck is challenging a decision by Mr Justice Rattee to allow four companies to bring proceedings against it, reports Roger Pearson Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal case in which the right of four Greek Cypriot companies to pursue claims against the administrators of Polly Peck International (PPI) in respect of […]

IBA to vote on MDPs

The vote of the International Bar Association’s Council on the liberalisation of the legal profession has been set for 6 June. The Council will be voting on three matters: multi-disciplinary partnerships; rights of establishment; and the need for regulators and intergovernmental bodies to take account of the distinct nature of the legal profession.

Non-racial lawyers' body launched in South Africa

South Africa’s first non-racial lawyers’ body, the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), was finally launched last week, ending two years of sometimes acrimonious debate over its establishment. The Pretoria-based LSSA, to be headed by two co-chairs, Esme Du Plessis and Willie Seripi, will act as an umbrella organisation, representing the country’s four provincial Bars […]

Fee reforms may out-price litigants

Derek O’Brien and Pamela Abrams believe that new proposals on court fees could reduce the volume of willing litigants. Derek O’Brien and Pamela Abrams are senior lecturers at the University of Westminster School of Law. The Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) has published a discussion paper on the proposed introduction of a new regime of court […]

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