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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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ABA meets its Waterloo

The much revered American Bar Association is facing a crisis of confidence as it drags its feet over the issue of multidisciplinary practices. Ryan Dunleavy assesses its chances for survival. The American Bar Association (ABA) is talked of with a reverence unheard of in lawyers’ conversations about the Law Society. It commands column inches in […]

Making in-house a home

You are surely wrong to label the ill-health defence the “Pinochet defence” (27 March). It has been in use with some success by defendants for many years before the good general came along. One defendant who springs to mind is Ernest Saunders, although his case may be distinguished on the grounds that it was used […]

Litigator’s View

Andrew Coates on a judgment which calls for Shell to bear its own trial costs despite winning a personal injury case. Andrew Coates is a partner at City insurance litigation firm Kennedys. In a Judgment handed down by Mr Justice Jackson in the Liverpool District Registry on 15 February a successful defendant was ordered to […]

CC nabs Norton Rose corporate partner

Clifford Chance has poached a partner from Norton Rose, driving another nail into the coffin of the gentleman’s agreement which controlled competition for partners between the eight large City law firms. Keith Hyman will join Clifford Chance’s 35-partner corporate finance group. Hyman says: “I understand that I am the first corporate finance partner to move […]

Property

Mishcon de Reya acted for Asda Property Holdings on its £16.4m sale of the freehold of a Cheltenham office to a private investor. The 57,000 sq ft freehold is currently rented by Eagle Star which has a lease agreement until 2023. Nick Doffman, property partner at Mishcons, led a team of two on the deal.

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