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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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A&O plummets 123 places in US associate survey

Allen & Overy (A&O) has nose-dived in the esteem of its US associates, according to American Lawyer magazine’s latest associate satisfaction survey. The firm fell 123 places from fifteenth spot to 138th out of 148 firms. The result is a major drop from last year, when A&O was the highest-ranking UK firm in the survey. Clifford Chance […]

Lord Chancellor underlines commitment to Law Commission

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, announced on Friday (29 October) that Hugh Beale QC has been reappointed as a Law Commissioner for a second term. Beale is a professor of law at Warwick University and was appointed as honorary silk in 2002. He specialises in contract law. Lord Falconer said the appointment underlined the value […]

The jury’s out?

Scotland’s Court of Criminal Appeal has dismissed claims of an unfair trial in the Transco case. But the jury debate is set to continue. By Craig Connal QC Juries are strange creatures. Sometimes they are lauded as critical bastions of justice, at other times they receive sentiments of quite the opposite variety. Their use, particularly […]

Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office in double boost

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its small Brussels presence by taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened in Brussels a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

Election run looks likely as DWS partner quits consultation group

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) partner Martin Kitchen has quit the firm’s consultation committee in a bid to avoid conflicts of interest if he stands for the role of chief executive in December’s elections. Kitchen withdrew from the committee late last month. As first revealed on Lawyer News Weekly (13 October), there were concerns that committee […]

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