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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.


In brief: Baileys seeks property firm merger

London firm Baileys Shaw & Gillett is looking to merge with a similar-sized firm to boost its reputation in its key practice areas. The firm, which has 22 partners and is strong in commercial property litigation, has had preliminary talks with a number of firms including 36-partner Wedlake Bell, a London-based practice which has a […]

Specialise at your peril

I have been following the ‘to specialise or not to specialise’ debate with interest. In my opinion, a solicitor (unlike a barrister) should first of all be a man of affairs. Prior to coming into private practice I was a senior examiner with the Inland Revenue for 10 years and have been a magistrate for […]

Two law firms show interest in E&Y oil alliance

At least two law firms have expressed interest in joining with Big Six accountants Ernst & Young in a cross-disciplinary alliance to provide a one-stop advice service to the oil and gas industry. Ernst & Young last week teamed up with UK oil and gas field exploration consultants Hannon Westwood Associates and international geoscience consultancy […]

Cocks faces disciplinary

DAVID Cocks QC is to face a disciplinary hearing over his involvement in the Roger Levitt fraud trial. Complaints against Cocks, who heads 5 King’s Bench Walk chambers, were lodged with the Bar Council last year by Levitt’s solicitor John Perry, a partner at Goldkorn Davies Mathias, and Conservative MP John Marshall. They relate to […]

City firm sinks £1m in system

Alison Laferla reports City firm DJ Freeman is investing £1m in a practice management system from Keystone Solutions, a software company based in New Zealand. The firm is following in the footsteps of Ashurst Morris Crisp, which last July became the first UK firm to invest in Keystone. DJ Freeman, which won the 1996 Lawyer/HIFAL […]

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