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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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Irwin Mitchell expands through PI merger

Irwin Mitchell is merging with niche firm Alexander Harris in a move creating a 94 partner personal injury powerhouse. The merger will take effect from 1 May and creates a 94-partner firm with offices spread across the UK. It will operate under the Irwin Mitchell name. Alexander Harris brings 12 partners from its current locations […]

Fear of foreign firms fuels merger that creates Japan’s largest firm

Japanese powerhouse Nishimura & Partners and Asahi Koma Law Offices are set to form the biggest law firm in the country following the firms’ shock announcement that they are to merge. Nishimura and Asahi signed a merger agreement in principle last week (as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com, 17 April), but the name of the […]

Taylor Wessing partner promotions bolster IP

Taylor Wessing has boosted its IP practice, announcing three new partner promotions for the team. The firm has promoted six new partners for its UK office in total, down from 12 last year. Along with three IP partner promotions, there were also promotions within the corporate, finance and projects and pivate client groups. Managing partner […]

Co-op prepares to launch post-Clementi law firm

The Co-operative Group is to become the first non-legal organisation to take advantage of forthcoming reforms by launching legal services for its members. The Co-op is bringing on board former RAC Legal Services managing director Eddie Ryan to run the new venture. It will offer services such as conveyancing, will writing, probate and accident management […]

Simmons in revolutionary high-tech focus shift

Simmons & Simmons is preparing to revolutionise its business model by investing in technology to assist with the delivery of legal solutions at a hugely reduced cost. Managing partner Mark Dawkins told The Lawyer about his vision for the future, as set out in the global partnership-endorsed business plan. Dawkins said: “Technology opens up a […]

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