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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.


Smile, you're on video camera

Lawyers have been getting on their bikes, switching to the bus and even taking to the water to beat the rail strike. Meanwhile, lawyers in the Yorkshire and London offices of Dibb Lupton Broomhead have been taking things easy. The firm has recently unveiled a video conference facility which allows partners and clients to link […]

Finucane action could reveal military intelligence details

THE WIDOW of murdered Belfast solicitor Patrick Finucane is proceeding with a legal action which could reveal further details of British military intelligence involvement in Northern Ireland. The case will be closely watched by the NI Law Society, human rights groups and Belfast solicitors concerned by the killing. The action is at the exchange of […]

Can lawyers be 'experts'?

There is no reason why lawyers should not make good consultants. Indeed, consultancy work’s transactional nature makes it more akin to law practice than to accountancy. But a consultant needs to have two primary attributes – expertise and skills. For most lawyers their expertise lies in the law, not personnel or practice management or IT. […]


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No longer a state of emergency?

A study of the use and effect of emergency provisions in Ulster will make fascinating reading for lawyers and civil libertarians. The most interesting are the Diplock courts and suspended right to silence. The late Lord Diplock’s commission led to the non-jury Diplock court in the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1973, in response to […]

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