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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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Travers Smith leads in scramble for telecoms

Travers Smith Braithwaite is advising US company NTL on its u8bn bid forCable & Wireless subsidiary Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC),represented by Linklaters.Telewest, represented by Freshfields, was considered the frontrunner tobuy CWC after bidding u8bn in April.But NTL made its own u8bn bid in June, and last week Cable & Wireless,represented by Allen & Overy, […]

Top movie lawyer quits after landmark victory

The executive vice-president and general counsel of United InternationalPictures (UIP), the worldwide movie distributor, is standing down afterachieving a landmark ruling from the European Commission (EC).US lawyer Brian Reilly, who has been with UIP for eight and a half years,is taking the unusual step of moving to Costa Rica.He will become general counsel of Nueva […]

CC names executive committee

The appointments to Clifford Chance’s new global executive committee havebeen finalised, The Lawyer can reveal.As Rogers & Wells managing partner Larry Cranch revealed to The Lawyerlast week, two of the global practices will be headed by partners from theUS firm. Head of the litigation practice group will be James Benedict,while Bob King will take charge […]

Ince & Co gains Hong Kong partner

Leading City shipping firm Ince & Co is poaching Richards Butler’s partnerin charge of admiralty law in Hong Kong.Harry Hirst is returning to Ince & Co where he worked as an assistant inHong Kong and its London office from 1989 until 1997.Hirst joined Richards Butler in 1997. He will re-join Ince & Co’s HongKong office […]

Jumbo rental firm challenges noise rules

Roger Pearson reports on a jet leasing company’s bid to overturn EuropeanCommission regulations in the High Court.The High Court has paved the way for a legal challenge to new ECregulations aimed at reducing noise and gas emissions from aircraft.Council Regulation (EC) No 925/199 came into force on 8 May this year, butis not due to […]

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