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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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Buchanans takes on NY construction team

Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on a four-partner construction law team to ramp up its New York presence. The team is joining from 80-lawyer boutique firm Baer Marks & Upham. Its recent projects include the renovation of Grand Central Station and the New York Museum of Modern Art. The group is led by partner […]

FORUM

With major economic expansion continuing in Benelux, many firms face growing recruitment problems. Most admit to having difficulties and accept that more time and money is being spent on recruitment strategies. The main dilemma is not attracting people, but attracting the right type. This is of particular concern to the US and UK firms that […]

Reportage

Although there is no single central register, best estimates suggest that there are almost 20,000 lawyers practising in Brussels. Of those, perhaps 700-1,000 are UK-qualified. The vast majority are there to advise on European law. As there is no statutory monopoly on the provision of legal advice, they are able to reside in Belgium and […]

Costs push Pilkington to North West firms

Glass manufacturer Pilkington is extending its City-orientated legal panel to include North West firms as the company reviews its legal services costs. Pilkington, which is based in St Helens, has predominantly used Slaughter and May and Herbert Smith for its external legal requirements. Pilkington’s group legal adviser and general counsel Clyde Leff says: “We haven’t […]

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