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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.


Gregory Shields

forster dean

Forster Dean is on an expansion drive. The personal injury (PI) and conveyancing firm has 23 offices, most of them in the North West and around the ­Potteries. It opened four offices before Christmas, has plans for another 11 in 2011-12 and wants to launch a further 15 in each subsequent year. The firm says […]

Happy families

Family lawyers often talk about London being the divorce capital of the world. On Monday the Court of Appeal (CoA) handed down a judgment in an international case that reaffirmed that position – for international divorces at least. Domestically, however, family law is being radically shaken up as the Government attempts to cut the £800m […]

David Childs

Clifford Chance launches in Australia via double merger

Clifford Chance has become the latest firm to launch in Australia after the partnership voted through a dual merger with boutique firms in Sydney and Perth. The double tie-up will see the magic circle firm join forces with Chang Pistilli & Simmons (CP&S) in Sydney and Cochrane Lishman Carson Luscombe (CLCL) in Perth, creating a […]

Debtor the devil you know

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If the top brass at Halliwells LLP (Late Lamented Partnership) could look back at the last few years and have their time again, they may well have considered saving the odd penny here and there. Despite famously “giving his life” to the firm, former managing partner Ian Austin or his […]

CEDR Solve installs first practice manager

Dispute resolution body CEDR Solve has appointed John Munton as its first practice manager. Munton joins from Keating Chambers, where he was practice manager between 2005 and 2010. He will have responsibility for CEDR Solve’s direct mediator group. Commenting on the appointment CEDR Solve director Gregory Hunt said: “John Munton’s successful record of ­managing strategy, […]

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