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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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CMS loses out in Russian dispute over diamond business

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Hogan Lovells to furlough UK staff and postpone lawyer bonuses

Hogan Lovells is furloughing up to 30 UK employees and suspending salary reviews and bonus payments worldwide, as part of wider measures to keep costs down during the Covid-19 crisis. Salary reviews and bonuses for lawyers in the firm’s UK and Asia Pacific offices, due at the start of May, will be postponed. Associates in […]

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