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SRA provides some breathing space for law firms struggling to obtain PI cover

By Zarina Lawley The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recently published a useful Q&A article on their website which we recommend all law firms take the time to read. It summarises some of the most common queries the SRA has received from solicitors about their rules and the potential impact of Coronavirus. The article discusses professional […]

New transparency measures in the public procurement field

1. Background Despite the constant update of the public procurement legal framework, the Romanian authorities have signalled several issues related to the public procurement contracts granted to certain companies, in circumstances which are not able to comply, in all cases, with the general principles of transparency and equal treatment. Thus, in order to ensure the […]

Montenegro: Insight into the New Companies Act

The new Montenegrin Companies Act which entered into force on 11 July 2020, is an innovative and thoroughgoing codification of Montenegrin Corporate Law. The legislator opted for a comprehensive legal instrument which, compared to the previous law, contains more detailed and exhaustive rules determining the establishment, management, restructuring, termination and functioning of business entities.

Coronavirus Digest no. 2: Patents and other intellectual property rights

Second volume of the Digest prepared by PLMJ and Inventa International on the crossover between the area of intellectual property and the challenges of COVID-19, especially regarding patents and utility models, as well as all the information on the path to obtaining a vaccine.

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Napthens absorbs two North West boutiques in bid to dominate Lancashire

Preston-based Napthens has acquired two firms to help it achieve its ambition of becoming the dominant legal services provider in Lancashire. Napthens, which merged with Blackburn rival Roscoes in November 2006, is to take over Cuddy Woods & Cochrane in Blackpool and Wallwork & Company in Chorley, effective from 1 October. Napthens executive chairman Ian […]

Squire Sanders bolsters New York litigation presence

US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has continued its recent hiring spree by taking on a team of litigators for its New York office. Ohio-headquartered Squire Sanders has raided New York firm Pavia & Harcourt for its head of litigation and arbitration and two other litigation partners. Pavia litigation head Richard Mattiaccio joins Squire Sanders […]

Separated at birth

The annual car crash TV that is Big Brother can usually be relied upon to produce a few lawyer lookalikes, but few have been better than cleaner Tracey and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) managing partner Moira Gilmour. So uncanny is the resemblance that Tulkinghorn may be forced to tune in to the awful programme to […]

Ashurst in bid for hedge funds

Ashurst is set to target activist hedge funds in a move it hopes will give it first-mover advantage in the evolving M&A landscape. Ashurst’s new strategy sets it apart from other City firms, which have been wary of activist hedge funds because of the potential for conflicts of interest. Ashurst head of corporate Adrian Clark […]

DLA Piper widens North-South divide with salary revamp

DLA Piper is the latest firm to announce newly qualified (NQ) salary increases, with associates in Scotland receiving a whopping 90 per cent less than their City counterparts. London NQs are now on a salary of £63,000, a rise of 19 per cent on the £53,000 they received last year. In the firm’s Birmingham, Leeds, […]

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