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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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Calm in face of real uncertainty

David Fenwick, partner and head, Linklaters Stirling Leech, partner, Clyde & Co Andrew Ballheimer, partner, Allen & Overy THEY have an awful lot of coffee in Brazil. Unfortunately, they also have an awful lot of economic and financial problems which threaten a truly global recession. Brazil’s currency, the real, is weakening further after its recent […]

Pilot schemes show the way

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. FAR FROM “fast-track justice hitting a brick wall” (The Lawyer, 24 November 1998), pilot schemes to speed up criminal justice have so far been very encouraging. These pilots have only been running since the […]

Immigration firms get block contracts to redress shortfall

The Government is planning short-term legal aid block contracts to immigration firms to make up a shortfall in the sector. Under proposals in the Access to Justice Bill, only firms which currently have a legal aid franchise will be awarded a block contract. But more than 80 per cent of immigration work is carried out […]

CC fears further exits as Moscow lawyer leaves

The departure of a senior Russian capital markets lawyer from Clifford Chance’s Moscow office has sparked concerns that other staff may be about to leave. Clifford Chance is believed to have left other Moscow staff in the dark about the reasons for Tim Kibatullin’s departure. John Holmes, partner at the firm’s Moscow office, says: “One […]

Square Mile

Although on the surface all solicitors wishing to be seen as forward-thinking are thoroughly supportive of the principles of civil justice reform, there is a suspicion that, in some parts of the City, there is a caveat. Larger firms may think the reforms do not really affect them or their clients, because the real changes […]

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