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CEE ramps up screening of foreign direct investments (FDI)

FDI screening was for a long time a blank spot on the regulatory landscape for most countries in Central Eastern Europe (CEE). Unlike Western European Member States, so far relatively few countries in Central Eastern Europe (Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania) had instruments that allowed vetting foreign investments; albeit often with little practical relevance. In its […]

Fixed costs: The impact of contributory negligence on trial advocacy fees

CPR 45.29C sets out the amount of fixed costs payable in Fast Track claims where a claim no longer continues under the RTA Protocol. Where a claim is disposed of at trial, costs of £2,655.00 are payable, alongside 20% of the damages agreed or awarded and the relevant trial advocacy fee. The protocol for EL/PL […]

Captive board meetings in the time of Covid

In extraordinary times such as the present Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of a captive insurance company focusing on fundamentals like the proper calling, conduct and recording of board meetings cannot be overstated.


Hammond Suddards in online service launch

Hammond Suddards is launching a national online legal service, called HammondsDirect, which will be run from the Bradford office, in a bid to attract more clients and to generate further business for the firm. The service will provide online and telephone legal support outside working hours for clients in an attempt to replicate the services […]

Don't forget the public LPCs

We read with interest your special report on the Legal Practice Course (LPC). We fully support much of what was said in the article and commend your efforts to stimulate the debate. However, we are concerned that the article quoted, and concentrated, on the two private providers of the LPC and failed to refer, except […]


A team from US firm Latham & Watkins

CFAs should not affect objectivity

Your article on barristers’ fears about Conditional Fee Agreements (The Lawyer 29 March) suggests that “if their income is riding on the outcome of cases, barristers will not be objective in the advice they give”. So what’s new? Under the old legal aid system which is now being dismantled, barristers’ incomes were also dependent on […]

Druces & Attlee loses family member in move to US firm

The great grandson of the named partner of a 200-year-old City law firm is quitting to join a US rival. Charles Attlee, 43, the head of the nine-strong team in the company/commercial department at Druces & Attlee is leaving the firm after more than two decades to join one of the 25 largest US firms, […]

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