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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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Drinker Biddle and Murgitroyd create tie

US firm Drinker Biddle & Reath has established a transatlantic strategic alliance with Murgitroyd & Co, a Scottish patent and trademark firm Drinker Biddle is a Philadelphia-based full service firm with 425 attorneys and eight US offices. Intellectual property (IP) work is a growing practice area for the firm, which last year acquired US IP […]

BLP hires knowledge management director

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has appointed a new director of knowledge management to its board Professional support lawyer Lucy Dillon (left) has joined from Linklaters, where she was head of the litigation information unit. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said Dillon would devise the firm’s strategy for knowledge management and lead its implementation as head of […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – SOUTH AFRICAN BREWERIES

Cleary joins Lovells on SAB’s Miller purchase Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has advised South African Breweries (SAB) for the first time and is working closely with SAB’s longstanding adviser Lovells on the acquisition of Miller Brewing Company from Philip Morris.SAB is the fourth-largest brewer in the world, but the acquisition will take the newly-named […]

Zimbabwean Law Society heads arrested over letters

The president and executive secretary of the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) have been remanded on bail after they were arrested and detained for 48 hours last week for allegedly possessing ‘subversive’ documents It is likely the arrests are directly related to the strong stance taken by the Law Society against President Robert Mugabe and […]

Palestinian law pleases the EU

The European Union has welcomed the confirmation by Palestinian president Yasser Arafat of a law guaranteeing the independence of his nascent state’s judiciary Brussels called for a reconstituted Palestinian authority to be more democratic and transparent than the government. Brussels has been imposing conditions on the Arafat administration for the resumption of full-scale EU aid, […]

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