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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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Customs & Excise loses disability case

The lawyer charged with stamping out disability prejudice in the Customs & Excise Solicitors’ Office has been found guilty of discriminating against a blind solicitor. David Pickup was found guilty of disability discrimination last week by Croydon Employment Tribunal after failing to promote blind lawyer Farooq Shah. The tribunal’s finding is particularly embarrassing as Pickup […]

Stephens Innocent duo quit

Two partners are quitting seven-partner Stephens Innocent, the media-friendly law firm run by flamboyant senior partner Mark Stephens. Stuart Lockyear is to join Davenport Lyons as an intellectual property litigator, with copyright partner Robin Fry heading in-house to join an internet start-up company. One leading media lawyer reports being approached by a number of other […]

Who is behind pro bono?

The Solicitor’s Pro Bono Group (SPBG) is not finding things easy at the moment. “We still get firms which don’t see it as part of their core value or at least don’t want to join part of the profession-wide effort to spread the word,” says Tony Willis, chair of the SPBG’s board of trustees and […]

Stephenson Harwood on standby for Nationwide

Stephenson Harwood is being put on hold by first time client Nationwide over its plan to sue Barclays. The firm had been fighting Nationwide’s corner in a dispute over Barclays’ proposed £1 charge to non-customers for use of its cashpoint, which the bank plans to introduce next month. Nationwide gave Barclays until 23 September to […]

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Ashurst Morris Crisp represented Imperial Tobacco Group on the establishment of a £2bn debt issuance programme. Under the programme

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