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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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Two into one will take away archaic division

A unified business court is the only logical step forward, argues Michael Briggs QC. Why is it that despite the wholesale slaughter of outmoded legal terminology carried out by the Woolf reformers in the cause of user friendliness, the two most opaque phrases of all – chancery and Queen’s Bench – have survived intact, and […]

Property

Denton Wilde Sapte advised City & West End Developments on its £27.45m purchase of Savoy Court East on the Strand. The 57,700sq ft site includes the head office of Booz Allen and Simpsons Restaurant. Stan Gniadkowski, property partner at Denton Wilde Sapte, acted on the deal with a team of three lawyers. The vendor was […]

Scuffle of the week

The Sun v The Mirror . David Yelland, The Sun’s editor, announced on Radio 4’s Today programme that he would sue The Mirror over a front page story accusing The Sun’s business editor of tipping shares he owns. The Mirror story was, of course, in retaliation for The Sun’s gleeful reporting of the fact that […]

Ashursts US merger thwarted

The office is resisting moves to join with Ashursts, arguing the shift would remove any independence it has from its US parent. Last week The Lawyer exclusively revealed that the two firms were engaged in talks. But one source says: “Lathams in London is against it because it would damage its autonomy. Instead of running […]

Wragges wins place on online property register shortlist

Birmingham firm Wragge & Co has been shortlisted to join a team of businesses that will create an online property register. The National Land Information Service (NLIS) is being set up by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD) to make conveyancing information more accessible. Wragges is understood to be the only law firm on the shortlist. […]

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