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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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In brief: Review over laws on compulsory purchase

The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has announced a wide-ranging review of the laws and procedures relating to the compulsory acquisition of land, as part of its initiative to modernise the planning system. Planning minister Richard Caborn said: “This is a complex area of law and I cannot anticipate whether and when […]

In brief: Park Woodfine and Perkins & Tustin merge

Bedford firm Park Woodfine merged with Perkins & Tustin of Northampton on 1 June. The new firm will be known as Park Woodfine incorporating Perkins & Tustin and will have 10 partners and a total staff of 58.

Striking a balance

Gary Murphy and Patrick Kerr look at the remedies that resolve difficulties in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987. Gary Murphy and Patrick Kerr are partners at Allsopp & Co. The Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, as originally drafted, provides that, where a buyer has been nominated to represent the qualifying tenants, the landlord is […]

Advocating a working relationship

There is much more to being a barrister than using advocacy skills in the courtroom, argues Rosemary Samwell-Smith. Rosemary Samwell-Smith is a principal lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law. This is an extract from her speech to next week’s Worldwide Advocacy Conference. The word “advocacy” popularly evokes the concept of a courtroom […]

Ashursts rejects “poison pen' charges

ASHURST Morris Crisp managing partner Ian Nisse has fallen victim to a poison pen letter – purportedly written by his staff – which accuses him of allowing partners greater profits while giving many staff no pay rise this year. The note, which is addressed to Nisse and headed “Your greed”, has been distributed to partners […]

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