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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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Firms woo experts to boost IT strategies

NORTON Rose head of IT Brian Powell is to leave the firm to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. The move is the latest in a rash of IT appointments among the larger commercial firms and coincides with Cameron McKenna’s appointment of a new director of IT, Phillip Rooke, currently IT director at Hay Management Consultants. […]

Gwent courts fall foul of inspectors

GWENT magistrates courts have been criticised by inspectors for providing a ‘generally poor quality of service’ to the public. But the Magistrates Court Committee (MCC) for Gwent has expressed disappointment at the negative tone of the report issued last week by HM Magistrates Courts Service Inspectorate. Government inspectors visited Gwent MCC’s courthouses for 11 days […]

A profession shamed

The debate over the fees charged by Mishcon De Reya has undoubtedly not helped the image of the profession, at a time when Lord Irvine is looking for every excuse to highlight fat cat lawyers. However, I simply cannot understand why the profession did not see the opportunity to volunteer its pro bono services at […]

Property

Hughes Watton acted for Superdrug on taking a lease of approximately 75,000 sq ft in Oxford Street at an annual rental of £2.5m from Littlewoods, advised by Davies Wallis Foyster. Hughes Watton also advised Superdrug on sub-underletting 50,000 sq ft to Books Etc, guaranteed by its parent company Borders. Both Books Etc and Borders were […]

Litigation Personal Injury 27/1/98

Wilder v Leeds Eastern Health Authority QBD 16 October 1998 Claimant: David Wilder, 38 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, a singer songwriter, underwent plastic surgery at St James’ University Hospital, Leeds, in August 1988 for levelling of contours on left side of face which had been left hollow from bout of cancer in his teens. […]

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