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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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The final act

Pension fund trustees are looking to the provisions of the Pensions Act 2004 to protect the interests of members in the case of bankruptcy. By Andrew Visintin and Grant Jones Much coverage has been given to the state of UK pensions, with estimates of a pension fund deficit of around £130bn in relation to the […]

Weightmans swoop sinks marine capability of DLA Piper Liverpool

Weightmans has sailed off with two lawyers from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, ending the firm’s marine law capability in Liverpool. Associates Mike Burns and Terry Donaghy have joined Weightmans as partners in its Liverpool office. They act for the shipping industry as well as the nascent luxury yachts market. DLA Piper Liverpool managing partner […]

International report

Icelandic firm Logos has set its sights firmly on the London market. As first reported by The Lawyer (13 March), the firm has followed Icelandic companies to the UK in the hope of benefiting from this increased investment. Gudmundur Oddsson, the partner heading the London operation, tells The Lawyer: “Icelandic investment in the UK has been growing […]

Freshfields, Simmons beef up newly qualified pay

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons have become the latest firms to announce significant pay rises for their associates. Both firms have increased newly qualified salaries to £55,000 to match the amount paid by Linklaters, which raised its salaries with effect from 1 May. Freshfields has also increased the salaries of second-year associates by […]

Government approves new conflict rules

The government has finally approved the Law Society’s new conflicts of interest rules, nearly a year after they were drafted. The rules, clarifying what solicitors must do in cases of conflicts of interest and with regard to confidentiality and disclosure, prompted a barrage of criticism when they were published in June 2005. The proposals were […]

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