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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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Care hearings failing children, report claims

CHILDREN involved in care proceedings are being denied proper access to lawyers and information about the legal process, according to a damning report conducted by Professor Judith Masson. Masson, from the University of Warwick, says: “The key point is that solicitors tend to act, despite what they say, as if the guardian ad litem [usually […]

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…and another is struck off for wife’s extreme typing fees

A solicitor who charged up to £133 an hour for typing done at home by his wife has been struck off. The hearing was told how his exorbitant fees reduced legacies charities received from estates he handled. However Carol Watkins, the wife of disgraced solicitor Kenneth Watkins of Weybridge, Surrey, defended the charges for her […]

Environmental Agency in court

The Environment Agency faces a major challenge in the High Court in March over its powers to police a revolutionary waste oil process. It is being taken to the High Court by Petrus Oils, which is challenging moves to revoke a licence granted for a plant at Stoke on Trent which converts waste oil into […]

Medecins Sans Frontier appoints Dibbs' lawyer

World humanitarian aid organisation Medecins sans Frontiers (MSF) has appointed a Dibb Lupton Alsop associate as its counsel for Europe. Mike Pullen, who is based at Dibbs’ office in Brussels, will exclusively handle the charity’s dealings with the European Union. He will deal particularly with cross-border regulations. The charity sends out doctors, medical supplies and […]

Scuffle of the week

There are no lawyers quite as vicious as libel lawyers. Olswang is peeved about rivals Burton Copeland’s spin on a story about disgraced former Tory minister Johnathan Aitken. He tried to pay for his daughter’s legal fees in a related legal issue arising from his failed libel case against The Guardian. Burton Copeland claims The […]

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