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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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Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz – Slaughter and May‘s “best friend” in Germany – has hired a senior counsel from Deutsche Bank. Wolfgang Gross signed a partnership agreement with Hengeler to start work at its Frankfurt office this month. But he was immediately sent on secondment to the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell, […]

Eighty per cent of student barristers left out in the cold

Shocking statistics show that only 20 per cent of student barristers are likely to gain a pupillage in chambers via the Bar’s Pupillage Application Clearing House (Pach). The statistics, revealed by the Employed and Non-Practising Bar Association (ENPBA), show that for the year 1999-2000 only 411 offers were made out of a total of 2,062 […]

PwC Veltins partner goes solo

PWC Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft – PricewaterhouseCoopers’ German law firm – has lost a key construction partner who has left to set up a rival firm. Ralf Leinemann, who is recognised in the market as a leading construction lawyer, has left Veltins with a group of assistants to set up Leinemann & Partners in the country’s leading […]

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A new breed of international investor is eyeing up the UK food and leisure industry sparking a rash of complex big money deals that offer rich pickings for private practice. David Wigan and Claire Smith report. When United Biscuits (UB) was sold to an international consortium last month the headline writers had a ball: ‘Crunch […]

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Michelle Duncan

Michelle Duncan has become Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s first litigation partner in London after helping set up Weil Gotshal & Manges in the UK. Matheu Swallow meets the woman who likes to be in control. Michelle Duncan, the first litigation partner at US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s London office, is something of an accidental […]

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