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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.


Gary Bell

Bell QC, Gary

Gary Bell QC is a member of the crime and criminal fraud and proceeds groups at No5 Chambers. This information was sourced from the No5 Chambers website.

Case study: John Grimes Partnership Limited v Gubbins

The English Court of Appeal’s recent decision in John Grimes Partnership Limited v Gubbins [2013] EWCA Civ 37 has confirmed that, in certain circumstances, a third party involved in a property development transaction can be held liable for damages suffered by a property developer due to a fall in market values that occurred during a period of […]


JMW secures £2.5m in banking facility transfer

Manchester-based firm JMW Solicitors has secured £2.5m to invest in future growth by moving its banking facility from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to Barclays. Turnover at JMW grew by 13 per cent last year, according to The Lawyer’s UK200 figures, from £13.2m in 2011/12 to £15m in 2012-13. The firm did not disclose a […]

Manches’ merger mayhem

Another financial year, another attempt to reboot financial growth at Manches. This time around the firm wants to expand its London base through a merger with South East firm Penningtons. Revenues have been falling at Manches for a decadeand the firm has tried several times to reverse the trend. Back in 2009 it came close […]


DLA Piper hires four-lawyer IP team from Jones Day in Beijing

DLA Piper has hired IP partner Horace Lam from Jones Day’s Beijing office along with a team of four lawyers. Lam will join DLA Piper’s Beijing office as a partner and the head of intellectual property in China in October. His practice focuses on intellectual property, covering a wide range of issues such as disputes, protection […]

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