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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”).


Dewey first to hike UK associate salaries

Dewey Ballantine is the first US firm to announce that its recent pay hike for associates will apply firmwide, including in London. Dewey last night confirmed that it would match the rate set earlier this week by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for its New York-based associates, with first year associates receiving a base salary of […]

Simmons shrugs off MoD panel dismissal with role on £16bn project

Simmons & Simmons has managed to retain its leading role on one of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) biggest-ever outsourcing deals, despite being booted off the panel last year. The firm is advising the MoD on its new £16bn training programme, which has been outsourced to a joint venture consortium led by QinetiQ and Land […]

What knot to wear

The knots one can get oneself into in these sartorially disparate days. Evidence of the clothing conundrums was on show at The Lawyer‘s recent Hot 100 party. Despite being tagged as ‘hot’, there remains immense pressure on those warmer-than-usual shoulders to strike the right fashion note, even for those who were nominated in the distant […]

Court of Appeal hit by redundancies

The Court of Appeal saw an increase in its workload last year, but will still be forced to make redundancies due to financial restraints, it has been revealed. The court’s 44-page annual report shows that 1,200 appeals were set down for the year ending September 2006 – a 1 per cent increase compared with the […]

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