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European public procurement: Commentary on Directive 2014/24/EU

The detailed commentary on European public procurement provides an authoritative interpretation of each provision in the main EU Directive on public procurement – Directive 2014/24/EU. It also highlights the application problems and interpretative issues being raised in EU Member States, which in due time will make their way up to the CJEU or even require further legislative interventions.

There is no normal: rapid change requires resilience

Phil Muller, director of legal services at Williams Lea, explains why law firms need to make better use of data, technology and distributed working to future-proof their business models.

Offshore Litigation: Rule in Gibbs applied – Recognition of Singapore moratoria denied in Scotland

In the recent Scottish case of Chang Chin Fen v Cosco Shipping (Qidong) Offshore Ltd, the Outer House of the Court of Session refused petitions brought by debtor companies under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations, 2006 to, amongst other things, recognise moratoria obtained in the Singapore High Court on the basis that to do so would prejudice the rights of a creditor to claim under its English-law governed debt, which stood outside the proposed Singapore schemes.



Hot 100 alumni: Mark Watts, Bristows

IT and data privacy lawyer Mark Watts was appointed to the top management echelons at Bristows in the year he appeared in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list in 2010, alongside corporate partner Iain Redford. They succeeded partners Pat Treacy and Paul Walsh, who stepped down from the joint role of co-managing partners. Five years on, […]


Thomson Snell & Passmore appoints non-lawyer CEO

South East firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has appointed non-lawyer Simon Slater as the firm’s first CEO, with the aim of growing its commercial practice further. Slater joined the firm last year from accountancy firm PKF Littlejohn where he worked as a non-executive director. He will work with senior partner James Partridge to carry out […]

Co-op Bank launches selection process for inaugural legal panel

The Co-operative Bank has launched the process to select its first-ever panel of external legal advisers, following the bank’s split from the Co-operative Group. Currently, the bank shares a legal panel with the Co-operative Group but is launching its own panel following the split. However, the bank’s current mortgage, remortgage and property in possession panels […]

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Ashurst and Pinsents advise as Cairn Homes reveals its IPO intentions

Ashurst, Mason Hayes & Curran and Pinsent Masons have all won top roles on the planned London IPO of Irish homebuilder Cairn Homes, as it intends to raise proceeds of around €350m to €400m.  Pinsent Masons advised the company with a team led by partner Andrew Black. He was joined by international development partner Gareth […]

US: Orrick joins handful of international firms with Geneva office

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has become one of only a few international firms to open in Geneva with the hire of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa. Liborio is the second partner to leave Akin Gump in recent months. Former office head Charles Adams left the firm recently following his […]

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