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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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Sema Group to slash 15-strong legal panel

Anglo-French IT & business services giant Sema Group is cutting back its UK external law firms from 15 to just one or two. FTSE 100 company Sema, which recorded a 25 per cent growth in turnover to £669m for the first six months of this year, is to put its external legal work out to […]

Seeking higher family values

Clerks in family law chambers deserve a pat on the back: the consensus from family solicitors is that there has been a radical improvement in service from the London family bar in recent times. Jeremy Levison, of niche family firm Levison Meltzer Pigott, says the family bar has become much more user-friendly. “The clerks are […]

Minding the language

The battle for Allied Domecq (see War Story pages 22-23) turned on an unfortunate comment by Whitbread’s chief executive, the fallout from which was that Whitbread lost the battle. In some sectors Whitbread’s adviser Clifford Chance became the scapegoat. Such criticisms are obviously unfair but they highlight a problem for firms. A law firm’s role […]

TSG claims fees used to save OSS

The Trainee Solicitors’ Group (TSG) is accusing the Law Society of reneging on a promise not to profit from students and instead using their surpluses to help bail out the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS). The TSG claims the Society receives nearly £1.5m a year from students on the Legal Practice Course. Each […]

Hammond Suddards handles second deal for internet client

Hammond Suddards has completed a second acquisition for an internet sports client it took from SJ Berwin. The firm advised on AIM- listed Sports Internet Group’s purchase of offshore, tax-free bookmaker Surrey Group for £19.7m. In May, Hammonds acted for PlanetFootball.com in Sports Internet’s £26m purchase of the website provider (The Lawyer, 24 May). Sports […]

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