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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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Falconer: Politicians should stop baiting judges

The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has warned his fellow ministers against interference in the rule of law. Speaking at the Annual Judges dinner last night, Lord Falconer said: “Whilst it is perfectly legitimate for ministers to address policy issues raised by individual judgements, ministers should not criticise judges.” He added: “Just as judges don’t do […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

More financial results, which means for some lucky employees it is bonus time. So far the firms that pay flat bonuses on their profit performances are still few and far between. Allen & Overy (A&O) has been doing this for a couple of years to its employees’ great satisfaction. This year its profit rose by […]

Italy

Just like its footballers, Italy’s lawyers have had a roller-coaster ride this year. While the match-fixing scandal has struck at the heart of the domestic football league, the banking sector has ridden out its turbulent times by replacing Bank of Italy governor Antonio Fazio with Mario Draghi. The change has already triggered a shift in […]

A patently obvious move

Europe moved a step closer to having a fully integrated patent judiciary this week. The draft European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA) gained momentum after internal markets commissioner Charlie McCreevy gave his support to the proposal. If implemented, it would create a common litigation court. Although trademarks have a pan-European registrar and central court, patents do […]

Stearns secures record fees on ExxonMobil case

Miami-based law firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson’s dreams came true earlier this month when a Miami federal judge awarded it $249m (£135.21m) in fees. The ruling, one of the largest fee awards on record in the US, follows Stearns’ successful representation of 11,000 petrol station owners in a $1.1bn (£597.32m) class action […]

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