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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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Glasgow chief loses job

Bird Semple chief executive Neill Mulvie has lost his job in a management shake-up. The management board of senior partners to which Mulvie reported has been abolished and Gordon Hollerin, who has been with the firm for 20 years, will become managing partner. Mulvie, a non-lawyer, was brought in during the late 1980s when Bird […]

Malaysia takes on UN

United Nations Special Rapporteur and former Malaysian Bar council chairman, Dato Param Cumaraswamy, is facing defamation and slander writs for RM120m (about £30m) over a magazine article questioning the independence of the Malaysian judiciary. The move has been condemned by the International Bar Association, which argues that Cumaraswamy is immune from legal action because his […]

Bitter response to Irvine's 'hijack'

Pressure groups have expressed anger and bitter disappointment that last week’s House of Lords debate on civil court fees was hijacked by the issue of fat-cat barristers. There is also concern that the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg QC, used the debate as a way of warning judges, who have been highly critical of […]

US firms limber up in London

The first necessity for a US firm which is looking for global capacity is a London office, according to Francis Quinlan As the financial markets and multinational corporations put their arms around the world, the management consultancies and Big Six accountancy firms servicing them are following. It is a trend which is now beginning to […]

Al Fayed gets bronzed off by forgeries

The antiques dealer that Al Fayed wants to sue over fake candelabra is seeking to have the claim struck out, reports Roger Pearson Harrods boss Mohammed Al Fayed is waiting to hear whether he can continue with a High Court claim over four pairs of gilded bronze candelabra that he bought but which turned out […]

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