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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.


Thaine in £2.7bn deal

Colin Thaine is leading a team at Wilde Sapte advising Halifax on the US$4.3bn (£2.7bn) financing of 75 Airbus aircraft for US aircraft operating lessor International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). Finance for the project comes from French lead manager Societe Generale, German lead managers Commerzbank and Hypo Vereinsbank and parallel lender KFW. Of the final […]

Picasso set to pay u250m to ex husband

Next week, the daughter of Pablo Picasso may pay out the biggest divorce settlement ever. Roger Pearson reports. NEXT Monday sees the start of a financial battle in the High Court’s Family Division which could make all others pale into insignificance. Recent weeks have seen Jerry Hall filing for divorce, and the talk is of […]

Hugh James to merge with Ford Simey

WELSH giant Hugh James is to merge with the Exeter-based firm Ford Simey Daw Roberts in response to changes in the insurance sector. Ford Simey head of insurance Paul Derbyshire says: “The move is insurance-driven. We had been working alongside each other on the Commercial Union panel, and have the same litigation philosophy.” The new […]

In brief: The Legal Aid Board

The Legal Aid Board’s multi-party action (MPA) panel has only awarded membership to 18 firms across the country. The firms, which all have proven track records in group actions, may bid for any legally aided MPA work. Non-panel firms can bid for contracts only if they have clients in the action. A specialist unit has […]

Partners on the move…

Stewart White, telecoms partner at Ashurst Morris Crisp, is set to move in-house at the end March. He will co-ordinate regulatory policy at the newly merged mobile phone group Vodaphone Air Touch. He will be liaising with Vodaphone’s company secretary and its existing head of legal, Stephen Scott. David Wightman, who specialises in commercial rural […]

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