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Global EU law idea gets a barracking

International law firms have ridiculed the European Commission’s proposals that the rest of the world should adopt EU regulations. The criticism comes days after the Commission launched a policy paper examining the future of the bloc’s single market, which calls on the EU to encourage other jurisdictions to use European law as standard. Dewey Ballantine […]

Simmons declares European intent with Spanish merger

Simmons & Simmons will merge with Spanish firm Mochales & Palacios Abogados to complete the first step in an ambitious European growth strategy it has set out for 2007. Simmons will parachute in global head of international projects Richard Armitage as the new regional managing partner to bolster integration efforts. Current Spain head Luis Felipe […]

The bar

Bar Council fights Govt to protect independence The Bar Council last week (www.thelawyer.com, 19 February) launched a massive offensive against the Legal Services Bill, attacking it for placing “too much power in the hands of the Government”. The news came after Sir David Clementi stunned the legal profession by backing the Government on the two […]

Trowers targets Saudi launch after axing alliance

Trowers & Hamlins is set to launch its own office in Saudi Arabia after ending its affiliation with Saudi firm Riyadh-based Hassan Mahassni. Trowers is in “advanced negotiations” to open its own office in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Under Saudi regulations, only a local lawyer can open in the country. The move follows the […]

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