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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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Trowers & Hamlins raises Oman stakes

CITY firm Trowers & Hamlins is moving to bigger offices in Oman as competition in the Gulf hots up. The move comes as Baker & McKenzie announced plans to open an office in Bahrain, as exclusively revealed last week in The Lawyer, and Denton Hall this week opened for business in Dubai. Nick Hills, Trowers […]

Will Diageo's next legal skipper alter course?

IT IS all change at Diageo. The drinks giant has spent the last year-and-a-half consolidating following the merger of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan (Grand Met) in 1997. It has sold a number of surplus US brands, its top directors are leaving, and the legal department is feeling the wind of change. As reported last week […]

OSS ignores legal aid asylum scam revelations

The Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) failed to pass on a report to the Legal Aid Board (LAB) outlining a legal aid scam that cost the taxpayer millions of pounds. Former Law Society immigration law sub-committee secretary Richard Dunstan gave the report to the OSS last October. The report claims firms approached refugees […]

A Guide to Commercial Forum Shopping For In-House Lawyers

INTERNATIONAL commercial lawyers usually conduct their forum shopping in advance of disputes, avoid the US and, as a result of the Woolf reforms, are now more likely to use the UK courts. Since the early 1990s, commercial courts in the European Union have allowed parties to bring actions in the forum of their choosing. The […]

In brief: Hall Clark

Hall Clark, the London firm which dissolved last Friday with the senior partner going to Berrymans Lace Mawer, says it decided to close before being approached by Berrymans. Hall Clark partner Andrew Pieri, who is accompanying senior partner Beryl White to Berrymans, says the firm has six lawyers and not 11 as was reported. “They […]

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