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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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Hogan teams up with Mary Ward Legal Centre to offer debt advice

Washington DC-based firm Hogan & Hartson has teamed up with the Mary Ward Legal Centre in London to offer free specialist debt advice. As part of the firm’s agreement with the centre, which offers free legal advice, four partners and 21 assistants from Hogan’s London office volunteer on a rotational basis to offer general debt […]

The same old story

Law firms will never learn. If you turn the clock back to the 1990’s economic boom, you’ll find that firms were experiencing exactly the same problem. Work was flooding through the doors, but there weren’t enough associates to staff the deals. In some cases firms were so frantic that they had to turn deals away. […]

Govt legal head joins Bank of England

The Bank of England has a new senior lawyer. Juliet Wheldon, who has been Treasury Solicitor and head of the Government Legal Service since 2000, has replaced Len Berkowitz, who has held the post from early 2005. Paul Jenkins, a solicitor who has previously worked in the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department […]

Smaller sets do big business

Good financial performances are not just the preserve of the top 10 sets, with a few smaller chambers showing signs of a lucrative year. Employment set 11 King’s Bench Walk (11 KBW) grew turnover by 21 per cent, from £11.2m to £13.6m, signaling the start of an expansion push and a search for new offices. […]

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