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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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Cloisters to set up base in Manchester

CLOISTERS Chambers is the first London set to open for business in Manchester. The opening of premises in St John Street makes the chambers, headed by David Turner-Samuels QC, the latest in a wave of provincial moves by London sets. “We’re getting more and more work from the big cities of the North,” senior barrister […]

Courts face staff decimation

GOVERNMENT plans for the Courts Service Next Steps Agency due for launch in April will result in a ten per cent reduction in numbers of court staff over three years. It will also mean more court fee hikes and a cost-saving drive to close the widening shortfall in civil court income. A copy of the […]

Law Soc compares professions

THE LAW Society is planning to embark on an in-depth study of the way complaints are handled by different professions. The initiative has been prompted by more general research which reveals that solicitors and barristers are facing the same problems as accountants, dentists, architects and engineers. Secretary-General of the Law Society John Hayes says: “One […]

Shires face CCT deadlines under Government plans

Nicole Maley reports SHIRE authorities unaffected by reorganisation may be forced to adhere to a new timetable for the implementation of compulsory competitive tendering if proposals put forward by the Government are accepted. But the Law Society’s Local Government Group claims the move would disrupt plans already in progress and place in-house departments at a […]

Justice asks for separate review body

THE LONG-AWAITED review body for investigating miscarriages of justice begins its legislative journey amid fears that its independence could be compromised. Campaigning group Justice argues the Criminal Cases Review Commission, should have its own team of investigators rather than using police. Justice has also raised concerns that commission members will be appointed by the Government […]

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