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Running a sustainable, green business is now more important than it has ever been before. But you don’t need to be a giant corporation to make a big difference.

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.

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In brief: Bradford & Bingley

Bradford & Bingley has sent out tender forms to the remaining 15 firms on its legal panel inviting them to tender for the work by 4 October. The former building society, which became a bank in April, has already dropped 50 per cent of the 30 firms that do its “bulk work”.

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Ashursts to strengthen Italian links

Ashurst Morris Crisp is attempting to set up a profit-sharing scheme with its Italian alliance partner to strengthen links between the two firms. Ian Nisse, managing partner at Ashurst Morris Crisp, has been in discussions with Negri-Clementi Montironi & Soci. “We want to participate in each others’ profits,” Nisse says. “Subject to regulations, we think […]

Eversheds unveils five-year plan for European campaign

Eversheds is pumping funds into 15 “A-list” departments and curbing investment into the firm’s other 20 legal disciplines. The firm has drawn up a number of “priority” areas which will receive increased funding as Eversheds progresses with its plans to expand into Europe, specifically Italy and Germany (The Lawyer, 24 May). However, the firm refuses […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

McGrigor Donald represented DX Communications on the £42m sale of its retail operations, comprising 140 stores, to BT Cellnet. BT Cellnet already holds a 26 per cent stake in DX Communications, which it acquired in 1996. Property partner Mark Johnstone and property assistant Ian Gilmour, both at McGrigor Donald, acted for DX Communications. Lovell White […]

Jessica Ross on the obligations of transferring employers.

Jessica Ross is a partner at Veitch Penny. The 1981 Tupe Regulations provide continuity of service for employees. Under Regulation 5, the transferee of a business inherits the rights and obligations of the previous employer. The regulations are designed to protect employees’ rights, but little thought appears to have been given to the effect of […]

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