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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.


Peter Jackson

Hill Dicks lays off secretaries in corporate and shipping

Hill Dickinson has made five secretaries redundant across its London corporate and shipping departments. According to the firm’s director of human resources Andrew Rushworth, the redundancies are a result of fee-earners taking on more administrative duties themselves. The fact that longer dictations, like witness statements, are now being outsourced to Liverpool company Document Direct, which […]

Mishcon, Reed Smith scoop Reuben Bros Piccadilly buy

Mishcon de Reya and Reed Smith both won roles on the Reuben Brothers’ £130m purchase of the ­historic Piccadilly Estate from receivers Allsop. Reuben Brothers investment vehicle Aldersgate Investment Managers paid cash for the 1.3 acre estate, which comprises six buildings including the former site of the In & Out Club. The property had been […]

Charles Martin

Turnover and PEP up at Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has posted is financial results for the 2010-11 financial year, with turnover increasing 2.5 per cent from £92.4m to £94.7m. Partners enjoyed a 6 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP), with the figure up from £710,000 to £752,000. The results make better reading than last year, when the firm posted […]

Alix Newbold: Norton Rose

What time do you start work each day? I’m at my most productive in the mornings so I aim to get in before 8am. Sometimes it’s just too hard to get out of bed though. Name: Alix NewboldFirm: Norton RosePosition: Business manager – infrastructure, mining & commoditiesLives: Bermondsey What’s the dullest task you’ve ever been […]

Lord Justice Leveson

Leveson J to lead tabloid phone-hacking inquiry

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed appellate judge Lord Justice Leveson to head the public inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed News International. The news comes on the same day that News International’s legal head Tom Crone has parted company with the Rupert Murdoch-owned business (13 July 2011). While the scope of the […]

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