Online sales of medicines are allowed

16 May 2020 the Russian Government enacted the rules on online sales and delivery of medicines (the Rules). According to the Rules, online sales of medicines are allowed. The exceptions are: RX medicines, narcotic and psychotropic medicines, and medicines containing more than 25% ethyl alcohol.

To receive authorization for online sales a pharmacy shall have a license for at least 1 year, minimum of 10 retail stores, an Internet website or a mobile app, a delivery service, or a contract with such service provider.

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What is the meaning of special conditions for registration of medical drugs for the treatment and prevention of diseases that pose a danger or in emergency situation?

This refers to the fast track registration and conduct of clinical trials, which is valid until January 1, 2021 and is worked out for medical drugs potentially effective in the fight against COVID-191

State registration of these medical drugs is carried out by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

The applicant submits for registration an application; administrative documentation; chemical, pharmaceutical, biological documentation; pharmacological, toxicological documentation; clinical documentation.

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Insolvency of companies in Portugal

Insolvency of companies in Portugal – Liability of directors and managers article can be read here. 

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Experimenting on electronic employment document flow

On May 5, 2020, a law1 comes into force that establishes the procedure for experimenting on the use of employment in electronic form without their duplicating on paper documents by certain employers and employees. More detailed rules for experimenting will be set out in the regulations on conducting the experiment, which must be approved by the Russian Ministry of Labor.

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Starting from 1 July 2020 an experiment will be conducted in Moscow aimed at setting a legal framework for the development and implementation of AI technologies

Federal law No 123-FZsets a legal framework in Moscow for the development and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The experimental legal framework is established for five years starting from 1 July 2020.

The law sets out goals, objectives, and main principles of establishing the experimental legal framework and regulates relations arising therein. The main objective of the experiment – examine how the AI technologies work, which sectors of the economy and social relations require its` implementation. After the experiment, decision on further amendments to the legislation will be made.

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By the end of 2020, the Pension Fund must be notified of the employee’s employment and dismissal within one business day

On April 9, 2020, the Government approved the “Temporary rules for registering citizens to find suitable work and registering as unemployed, as well as for making social payments to citizens who are recognized as unemployed under the established procedure” (“Rules”). In addition to the procedure for registering citizens as unemployed, the Rules, among other things, establish the employers’ obligation to submit information to the  Russian Pension Fund in cases of hiring and firing a citizen no later than 1 business day following the day of issuing the relevant order (decision), as well as other decisions or documents confirming the execution of employment relations (clause 6 of the Rules).

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Legal 500 EMEA 2020 Recognition


Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s insurance practice is led by Robert Kennedy. The firm has substantial experience of defending clients against insurance claims, having acted for a number of prominent insurers. Other key contacts include Donal Creaton, Michael Murphy, Anna Owens and Pat McInerney.

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It is not required to notify of changes in the terms of the contract with a highly qualified specialist, including the assignment of other work or changes in the address of its performance

On February 04, 2020, the Russian Constitutional Court recognized1 clause 2 of article 67 of the Russian Labour Code (employer’s obligation to issue an employment contract within 3 business days from the date of the employee’s actual work authorization or the date of the court’s recognition of civil relations as labor ones) and paragraph 1 of clause 8 of article 13 of the Federal law No. 115-FZ “On the legal status of foreign citizens in the Russian Federation” (obligation of an employer or customer to notify regarding the conclusion or termination (cancellation) of the labor or civil contract with a foreign citizen within 3 business days from the date of concluding or termination (cancellation) of the relevant contract) as constitutionally acceptable.

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The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 Recommends Lidings Among Top Legal Advisor in Russia

April 15th 2020 the new edition of The Legal 500 EMEA, international ranking for the best law firms and individual lawyers from over 150 jurisdictions, is launched. As a results of the research Lidings is recognized as one of the strongest legal advisors in corporate and M&A and dispute resolution in Russia.

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Chambers Europe 2020 Recognition

Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s insurance team is ranked as one of the best is Europe by Chambers & Partners following market plaudits for its  defence practice. The independent accreditation notes that the team have expertise in professional indemnity and negligence cases, frequently pertaining to the construction, accounting and legal sectors. The report also notes that the team are experienced in personal injury claims, often relating to road traffic accidents.

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