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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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IT in firms

Bolton firm Keogh Ritson has placed a repeat order with Sanderson GA for extra modules as part of the Qnix set up. The modules ordered include: client accounts, time recording, pay roll, and purchase and nominal ledger. Manchester firm Joan Ferguson & Co is the latest to buy a system from Quill Computer Systems. The […]

Sting steers Coutts into court over u5m

Roger Pearson looks ahead Pop giant Sting is suing the Queen’s bankers, Coutts & Co for nearly u5 million. The action, scheduled to come on in the Commercial Court later this year, has been launched by the star’s company, Steerpike (Overseas) Ltd. The company says it had a current account at the bank’s Kensington branch […]

UK software makes debut at OJ trial

DEFENCE lawyers acting for American actor/footballer OJ Simpson are to use British legal software in the highly publicised murder trial starting at the end of the month. LiveNote, a computer-aided transcription system produced by Smith Bernal, was selected by the trial consultant to OJ Simpson’s lawyers, Robert Shapiro and F Lee Bailey. The UK product, […]

City firms lose ground to West End

TOP City law firms deny they are being squeezed out of important business by their medium-sized rivals despite new statistics out this week. The figures show that the number of assistants at the top 10 City firms has dropped below 1992 levels, and that assistants’ salary rates have fallen for the first time in living […]

Police lawyers pool ideas

IN-HOUSE lawyers working for police authorities are setting up an association to pool ideas and discuss common problems. An ad hoc group has been in existence for several years but now a draft constitution is being drawn up with a view to setting up a formal association. Chris Porteous, solicitor to the Commissioner of the […]

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