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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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Hammonds takes overdrawings fight with ex-partners to High Court

Hammonds has followed through on its threat to sue a group of 14 partners who it alleges owe the firm money. The firm filed a claim form in the Chancery Division of the High Court and simultaneously issued a press release informing the media of the claim. “There’s going to be an almighty spat,” said […]

White-collar crime

White-collar work crime has seen a raft of changes in recent months. A year on from its establishment, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) – regarded as the UK’s answer to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation – has started to prove that it is a powerful new weapon to target white-collar criminals and the […]

Ombudsman raises Legal Services Bill fears

The legal services ombudsman Zahida Manzoor has voiced concerns about the detail of the Legal Services Bill, but on the whole calls the Government’s aims laudable. Manzoor, in her annual report, urged the Government to ensure reforms deliver what was intended for the consumer and the profession. The report states that Manzoor is particularly concerned […]

Indian law minister postpones UK visit

The planned visit by the Indian minister of law and justice that was originally scheduled for mid-June has now been postponed. •The planned visit by the Indian minister of law and justice that was originally scheduled for mid-June has now been postponed. Minister Shri Hansraj Bhardwaj had to back out of the dates commencing 18 […]

Lovells scores Infracapital instruction on purchase of Red Funnel

Lovells has fended off rivals Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer to bag a lead role on the purchase of Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel. The firm’s team, led by property finance partner Andrew Briggs, advised Prudential infrastructure fund Infracapital on the £200m acquisition. The firm has advised on previous deals for Infracapital, […]

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