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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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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]

Shoosmiths and Mayer Brown on call for Cath Kidston sale

Mayer Brown and Shoosmiths are acting on the management buyout of Cath Kidston, as the British retailer’s UK bricks and mortar stores prepare to permanently shut down. The modern vintage retailer went into administration earlier this week (20 April), with its owner, Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) securing a pre-pack administration deal. Shoosmiths, led by […]

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Eight City lawyers make partner in Freshfields’ 21-strong promotions round

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted eight London lawyers to partner, while also revealing its largest-ever cohort of new US members. All but two of the Freshfields promotions in the City are in its transactions group, with two in disputes (Simon Duncombe and Ali Kirby-Harris are both thought to have trained with the firm). In transactions, […]

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