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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.

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Pinsent Masons furloughs staff amid coronavirus shutdown

Pinsent Masons is placing some of its non-fee-earners on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic, while it also considers a change to its quarterly cycle of partner payouts. These are just two of the latest measures put in place by the firm. Senior figures are now undertaking a programme of scenario planning to consider what […]

Simmons is latest firm to delay partner distributions

Simmons & Simmons is to delay partner distributions, echoing similar measures taken across the legal industry to reduce the impact of the fallout of the Covid-19 emergency. On top of the distribution delay, the firm said every decision about pay and bonuses will be deferred until later in the year. A spokesperson for the firm […]

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No delay granted in Bird & Bird Heineken trial after lawyer contracts Covid-19 symptoms

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s bid to delay a trial against Heineken has fallen flat, despite its lawyers at Bird & Bird arguing they were hindered when one of their team fell ill with coronavirus-related symptoms. Acting for AB InBev during a patent dispute linked to a so-called ‘bag-in-a-bottle’, Bird & Bird partner Morag Macdonald highlighted the recent […]

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Gowling WLG ushers in flexible “menu” of working arrangements

Partners at Gowling WLG may not receive their share of partner distributions to keep the firm steady during the coronavirus pandemic. Partner distributions for Gowling’s UK LLP have been deferred and it has made no commitment to pay them. In order to safeguard the firm during the crisis, the firm is also keeping drawings under […]

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Burges Salmon furloughs 42 employees and redeploys others

Burges Salmon has furloughed more than 40 members of staff and redeployed a number of employees into business support functions in a bid to skirt redundancies. The firm is furloughing 42 people across roles that can only be carried out within its premises. They include legal support, front of house and a proportion of its […]

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