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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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Kirkland lures second Fried Frank corporate partner

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has lost its second corporate partner to Kirkland & Ellis just weeks after the New York firm’s talks with Ashurst Morris Crisp fell through. Thomas Christopher is joining Kirkland one month after Stephen Fraidin, one of Fried Frank’s most senior partners, left for the same destination in a move […]

Field Fisher realigns property

Field Fisher Waterhouse has shaken up its property practice following a strategic review. The firm has now merged its two former property groups into one.Newly-appointed head of property Moira Gilmour said the divisions, which saw the practice divided into a hotels and leisure group and an industrial group, were largely historic. The new structure creates […]

Mayer Brown promotes seven to partnership

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has made up seven partners in London, taking the partnership to 100. The new partners are Michael Brown in litigation and dispute resolution, Gary Cooper and Richard Smith in corporate, Christopher Fisher in employment, Nick Henchie in construction and engineering, Jonathan Moody in pensions and David Morrison in corporate/restructuring and […]

Berwin Leighton hikes profitability

Berwin Leighton Paisner has started to turn its profitability around, posting a 17 per cent hike and lifting average profits per equity partner to £303,000. Turnover rose by 6 per cent, from £86.2m to £91m. The firm has seen six partners quit over the year in a ‘managing out’ process and a smaller number de-equitised. […]

On the ball

HarperCollins’s Simon Dowson-Collins loves sport so much he once went to a QPR game while he was still on a BBC shift. Alex Wade meets the fittest lawyer in publishing All too many lawyers conform to type. Austere, dry and measured, unafraid of their intellects, loath to mingle with the masses (trainees, junior assistants, minor […]

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