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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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Bristol law school drops LPC course

THE SENATE at Bristol University has voted to close its Legal Practice Course as a result of a global Law Society freeze on increases to the number of course places being offered across the country. The vote is almost certain to lead to the course’s closure although it is uncertain whether this September’s course will […]

Making sure easy also means safe

Linda Tsang explains which factors to consider when setting up an off-the-shelf company, and examines the importance of the company registration agent. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist. The setting up of an off-the shelf company is not always a simple matter of taking a box file with books and company seal down from the […]

Transformation is the only option….

The recent survey by BDO Stoy Hayward into property selling by solicitors makes interesting reading. It tells us two important things: First, that if you are a conveyancer the ‘do nothing’ option should be avoided. Conveyancing as a stand-alone discipline is unlikely to thrive in the new millennium. Secondly and I believe more importantly it […]

Clive Alcock on special hours certificates for public houses. Clive Alcock is legal adviser for Staffordshire Police.

Two recent decisions have rejected the contentions made by licensee Steven Shipley of the higher courts’ interpretation of provisions in s77 of the Licensing Act 1964 concerning Special Hours Certificates (SHC). At the request of the police, Cannock Licensing Justices applied Chief Constable of West Midlands v Aubrey Marsden to Shipley’s application for an SHC […]

Clifford Chance to re-tender its PR

CLIFFORD Chance is re-tendering its prestigious public relations contract in a bid to boost its international profile especially in Europe. The review may well see the firm’s current advisers Lowe Bell Financial, which took on the Clifford Chance account in 1996, dropped. The move follows a decision by the firm just before Christmas to re-assess […]

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