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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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Lockley: Spearheads review

“THE Need to do better in getting over our message to the profession,” is cited by Law Society secretary general John Hayes as a key reason for the Chancery Lane administrative shake-up. But Council member Martin Mears, the anti-Chancery Lane presidential candidate, is unimpressed. “It’s a mere bureaucratic reshuffle without any significance whatsoever,” he says. […]

Fidelity targets firms

Fidelity Brokerage, part of the Fidelity Investments group, is targeting law firm investment departments with its expanded dealing and settlement services. It has introduced commission-sharing on dealing commissions and four grades of service levels for portfolio administration, including nominee accounts, annual composite tax voucher, money market account, with half-yearly or quarterly valuation and reporting.

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Jim Eberwein A combination of an offshore investment with trusts can produce substantial tax savings for any well advised UK resident domiciled investor. There are different types of offshore investment but for efficient tax planning purposes the offshore insurance bond is the vehicle for sheltering income and capital gains. The insurance bond is tax efficient […]

All aboard the career express

Congratulations! You have completed your academic training and are set to embark on professional practice. But a word of caution for the naively optimistic – success at one does not guarantee success at the other. Assuming similar backgrounds and capabilities, some candidates will shoot straight to the top, leaving colleagues far behind. This is because […]

Apil issues battle-cry against tariff compensation scheme

A CALL to arms has gone out to personal injury lawyers to help defeat the expected bill reintroducing the Government’s controversial tariff compensation scheme. A letter sent out to all 1,900 members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) urges them to lobby their MPs on the injustices of the tariff system. Although Home […]

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