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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.


Coopers loses law unit head

In what could be seen as a vote of no confidence for Coopers & Lybrand’s planned new law firm, the head of Coopers’ employment law unit, Tim Johnson, is leaving to join Arnheim & Co, the firm controlled by Price Waterhouse. Johnson said he did not want to be associated with any negative comments about […]

Big Six take graduates with Law Soc blessing

The Big Six accountancy firms are beginning to actively recruit young graduate lawyers in anticipation of a regulation change that will allow multi-disciplinary partnerships. Trainee Solicitors Group education officer Nikki Pope said there was no statistical information yet available, but strong anecdotal evidence suggested some of the brightest students were being lured to accountancy firms. […]

Asylum act. Checks and balance for workers

The Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, which came into force on 27 January, is regarded by many as a cynical attempt by the Government to turn employers into immigration officers by placing employers under a statutory duty to check the status of all job applicants. Section 8 of the Act makes it a criminal offence […]


SJ Berwin advised vending organisation Provend Group on its £22m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Osborne Clarke advised Henderson Crosthwaite

Berrymans and Lace Mawer merge

Berrymans and Lace Mawer have merged to create a national defence insurance law firm, to be called Berrymans Lace Mawer. With 250 fee earners, 80 of them partners, it is by far the largest insurance law firm in the country, and one of the 30 largest law firms overall. The motivation to create the practice […]

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