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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.


Key to the City

Addleshaw Booth & Co has pinned its hopes for private equity in London on Simon Pilling – regardless of Theodore Goddard. By Catrin Griffiths So there I am, in Addleshaw Booth & Co’s London reception, idly leafing through a few limp brochures and waiting for partner Simon Pilling. Pilling is going to tell me all […]

EU mulls safeguards for defendants

Lawyers are being asked to comment on whether the European Union (EU) should agree a set of common safeguards for the treatment of defendants or suspects facing court proceedings in any member state.

Multimillion pound Hale and Dorr sues secretary for £750

Hale and Dorr, which reported turnover of $297m (£185.2m) in 2001, has launched an astonishing lawsuit against a former secretary, demanding the repayment of £750. The Lawyer can reveal that the Oxford office of the firm, formerly known as Brobeck Hale and Dorr, has served papers on a former employee after she was mistakenly overpaid. […]

The story so far

Last week The Lawyer reported on Russell Jones & Walker’s shock decision to acquire Claims Direct, the claims management company dubbed ‘Shames Direct’ by the press following complaints from customers over the size of payouts. Russell Jones, the second-largest personal injury firm in the country, has bought Claims Direct’s brand name, call centre technology, website […]

The view from here

The path to Bristol is a path well trodden for London lawyers. It attracts more legal refugees from the City than other regional legal centres such as Birmingham, Leeds or Manchester, despite its smaller size. All the larger firms have gaggles of ex-London lawyers who have swapped the gold-paved streets of EC1 for the tree-lined […]

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