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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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In brief: Garretts still talking on Birmingham move

Garrett & Co is still in talks over plans to open up a new office in Birmingham. The Arthur Andersen-associated firm announced its intention to move into Birmingham in January. Senior partner Julia Chain says the firm is talking to lawyers interested in setting up an office there, but has nothing to announce yet. Chain […]

Magill denies creating legal quandary despite attack by Westminster Tories

THE DISTRICT Auditor for Westminster Council has denied claims he has created a legal dilemma for hundreds of local authorities. John Magill, the auditor investigating the Tory council’s housing sales policy, said councillors making decisions with legal implications could trust the advice of their legal departments. Westminster Conservatives claim they only went ahead with the […]

Open this mutual exclusion zone

On 23 June the results of the qualified lawyers transfer test were published, giving the names of those already qualified lawyers who have successfully met the Law Society’s requirements in passing further tests to become solicitors. Those from foreign jurisdictions will then gain an additional qualification, whereas the barristers qualified in England might well be […]

Naylor scores a first mixed double

SOLICITOR advocate Judith Naylor has achieved a major breakthrough in her career after appearing alongside a QC in a murder trial. Naylor, a partner in the Barnsley solicitor advocate firm Orsborn Naylor, was led by QC Jonathan Hall in a murder case in which her partner Brian Orsborn was instructing solicitor. Naylor, who believes she […]

Flotations

Pinsent Curtis acted for JKX Oil and Gas in its £45 million flotation. The UK company sold 35 per cent of its equity via a placing to institutional shareholders

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