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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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Theodore Goddard nets Times top man

Theodore Goddard has recruited one of The Times Newspapers’ head of legal. Antony Whitaker has been with the group, which includes The Times, The Sunday Times and The Times supplements, since 1973. He joins Theodore Goddard as a consultant but will continue to work for The Times Newspapers as a consultant. Whitaker tells The Lawyer […]

Hogan & Hartson pushes into Asia with new Tokyo office

Leading Washington DC firm Hogan & Hartson is opening an office in Tokyo – its first step into Asia. The 700-lawyer firm will specialise in intellectual property and corporate work in the office, initially for existing clients. The firm already represents Japanese car giant Toyota, telephone company NTT and technology companies Seiko Epson and Sanyo. […]

Magic circle partners net £1m

Magic circle partners have broken the £1m profits barrier for the first time. The top partners at Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy will each enjoy profits of over £1m for the financial year 1999-2000, reflecting the boom in premium City work. Slaughter and May posted revenues of some £243m, with profits ranging from […]

The luck of the Irish

When the UK and Irish governments introduced their respective bills governing e-commerce, they got very different receptions. Bal Khela finds that unless the UK bill is amended, the industry could lose a raft of business to Ireland Buying and selling over the internet has led to a dotcom revolution that has made e-commerce one of […]

The Body Shop loses top in-house lawyer

The Body Shop’s in-house team has lost one of its senior lawyers but has responded by poaching another from a US corporation. Former general manager of the legal department Tom Schull has left to return to his native US. He is not understood to have secured another position. A Body Shop spokesman comments: “Tom has […]

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