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FCA opens notifications for temporary permissions regime in case of no-deal Brexit

By François Pfister, Anne-Gaëlle Delabye In order to ensure that investment funds that are currently marketed in the United Kingdom under the European Economic Area (EEA) passporting regime continue to be able to do so in the event of there being no implementation period based on the withdrawal agreement after 29 March (no-deal Brexit), the […]

Changes in the procedure for admission of foreign medical devices and medicines to public procurement in Russia

On 1 January 2019, amendments to the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 102 of 05.02.2015 that provides for restrictions and conditions for the admission of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign countries for the purpose of procurement for state and municipal needs (“Resolution No. 102”). And the Resolution of […]

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Ruling closes child support loophole for self-employed

A loophole that allows fathers to avoid heavy maintenance payments was closed last week, when a single mother won an appeal that could force the Child Support Agency (CSA) to reopen up to 50,000 assessments. Helen Smith, a part-time office administrator, had her child support for her three children increased under the ruling from 11.29 […]

Malaysia and Korea pledge to open their legal markets

The Malaysian and South Korean governments have told the UK that they want to open up their legal markets to international law firms. Currently, foreign firms are not allowed to open offices in Malaysia or Korea, but following visits from David Lammy MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Department of Constitutional Affairs, this could change. […]

Lack of court resources undermines Woolf reforms

A lack of court resources was hindering access to justice, according to a survey of solicitors published last week. Nearly four out of 10 solicitors responding to a Law Society survey said that inefficient administration in court offices made an appreciable impact on their clients’ cases. This year’s Woolf Questionnaire, dealing with the impact of […]

Freshfields appoints new co-senior partner

Freshfields has announced the election of its new co-senior partner, German managing partner Konstantin Mettenheimer (left). He replaces the current senior partner Christian Wilde and joins Anthony Salz, who has been re-elected to the post. The duo’s first task has been to appoint Hugh Crisp as chief executive, taking the reins from Alan Peck. The new appointments will […]

Clifford Chance raids Carnelutti in Paduan recruitment initiative

Clifford Chance is sending out a clear signal of its commitment to Italy post-Grimaldi by hiring the partner in charge of Carnelutti’s Padua office and four other lawyers. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (5 November), corporate partner Oliviero Pessi brings clients including insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali and major exhibition centre Padova Fiere. The haul of four other lawyers includes […]

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