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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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Professional negligence

October will see the end of the solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance season, when lawyers will again benefit from low insurance rates. Lawyers are being warned, though, of an imminent rating correction. Compared with the medical and audit professions, lawyers get off lightly when it comes to PI rates. This is indicative of the risks […]

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Cohen Milstein mulls Equitable Life action

Class action firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll is considering launching legal proceedings on behalf of a million Equitable Life policyholders after the parliamentary ombudsman said they should be compensated. The ombudsman Ann Abraham held that policyholders had been victims of “a decade of regulatory failure” and urged the Government to compensate them for losses […]

Barristers spread the legal word to Kabul

Training legal practitioners may not sound like a dangerous task, but for the Bar Council’s human rights committee it has been far from safe. The executive members of the ­committee, chaired by Mark Muller QC of Garden Court Chambers, have been in Afghanistan to train practitioners and academics on human and social rights. Blackstone Chambers […]

Howrey’s Lords patent win for Angiotech sets new IP precedent

Howrey’s burgeoning UK intellectual property (IP) practice has scored a valuable patent win for biotechnology ;client Angiotech against Conor Medsystems in the House of Lords. The House of Lords ­judgment, led by Lord Hoffmann, will serve as a signifi­cant precedent in UK patent ­disputes and has made it easier for patent holders to defend their […]

Professional negligence: mortgage fraud

In the field of professional liability, mortgage fraud and claims against professionals arising from it remain the topics of the moment. Lenders such as Britannia have recently made it known that they are investigating losses that they have suffered and that wherever possible they will seek to recover those losses from the professionals who advised […]

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