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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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Maitland, Harneys in Cayman ventures

Offshore services firm Maitland Group is to launch a Cayman Islands-based law firm after recruiting former Walkers partner Sara Collins. Offshore services firm Maitland Group is to launch a Cayman Islands-based law firm after recruiting former Walkers partner Sara Collins. Maitland has traditionally opted to position itself as an offshore trust services company, but managing […]

DWF launches in London with Davies Lavery duo

DWF is to launch a niche insurance practice in London, with the hire of two partners from Davies Lavery, following that firm’s merger with Kennedys. The firm has brought on catastrophic injury partners Graham Dickinson and Claire Bowler in a move to expand out of its northern origins. DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland said that […]

Thomson Snell lands new senior partner

Tunbridge Wells-based firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has elected James Partridge as its new senior partner. He takes over the role from Michael Sugden, who has retired. Partridge has been with the firm since 1986 and has been head of corporate and commercial since 2000. Thomson Snell’s revenue this year increased by £1m to £14.7m.

A&O, CC and Norton Rose win £4.5bn Barclays deal

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Norton Rose have scooped lead roles on Barclays’ £4.5bn share issue. Norton Rose partner Martin Scott led the firm advising the China Development Bank in its purchase of £136m of new shares. The mandate is the first the firm has won since being elected onto the bank’s panel in […]

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MoJ names first HMCS chief executive

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has appointed its first chief executive for Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) since it announced the new court structure in January. HMCS North West regional director Chris Mayer is the new chief executive. She succeeds Sir Ronald De Witt, who held the post for four years. A new structure for […]

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