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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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Firm's appeal court damages claim against Midland fails

A LAW firm that accused Midland Bank of breach of contract for failing to inform it of a new account offering better returns, has failed in its damages claim. Suriya & Taylor, based in Ilford, Essex, brought a test case against the bank, claiming it lost £33,000 because it was not told in May 1994 […]

Law will spark case work flood

A FLOOD of work is predicted for employment lawyers, tribunals and courts as the Fairness at Work Bill passes into law. David Widdowson, head of employment law at Bevan Ashford, says the increase in compensation for unfair dismissal from £12,000 to £50,000 would mean many more claims, especially from emplo yees at “the top end […]

Law Soc body: 'scrap SIF'

THE LAW Society’s top advisory body is urging the council to scrap the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) and let lawyers insure through a master policy, or on the open market. The call by the Interim Executive Committee (IEC) will be made when the Law Society council meets to decide SIF’s fate this week. The recommendation […]

Case of the week

British entrepreneur James Dyson, inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, became embroiled in a filthy fight with competitors and was found guilty of “aggressive and untruthful” advertising by a French court. The court accused Dyson of exaggerating the benefits of baglessness and unfairly portraying his competitors. The court said Dyson used “abnormal” dust in TV […]

Further delay may pay dividends

WE WERE interested to read the piece “ECJ employment ruling is a ‘fudge'” (The Lawyer, 15 February) concerning the recent decision of the European Court of Justice on Nicole Seymour-Smith’s unfair dismissal claim. While further delay is unhelpful to employers facing claims that have been stayed by the tribunals, there is a possible benefit to […]

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