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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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Lawyers lobby US over international court fears

A lawyers’ human rights lobby has written to US President Bill Clinton warning him that the US government’s proposed restrictions on an international criminal court (ICC) threaten to undermine its independence. The 15 leading US lawyers, members of the national council of the Washington-based Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, urge Clinton to “make certain that […]

Continental merger creates first “truly European firm'

Leading continental firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot is to merge with 140-lawyer German practice Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch to form what it claims is the first “truly European firm”. However, the merged firm will still have no UK law capacity and it said a tie-up with an Anglo-Saxon firm will be the next priority. The […]

“Super ombudsman' may weaken complaints system

The plan to create a new financial services “super-ombudsman” could lead to the sort of formal court procedures and lawyer involvement in complaints that the ombudsmen were set up to avoid, investment ombudsman Peter Dean has warned. The Financial Services Authority set up a steering group in April to bring all financial services ombudsmen into […]

Chinese govt rules out hiring by foreign firms

THE CHINESE government has dashed hopes that it is preparing to allow international firms to exploit the potentially huge Chinese market by hiring local lawyers. China is under pressure from the US and EU to lift its ban on the employment of locally qualified lawyers by international firms before it can join the World Trade […]

Mussel catcher shows his strength in court

A fisherman who claims his business was ruined by pollution is suing South West Water for damages, reports Roger Pearson Mr justice Carnwath has given permission for a High Court test case against South West Water over alleged sewage pollution of the seas off north Devon. But in doing so, Judge Carnwath has blocked moves […]

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