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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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LAB challenged over mediation

National firm Irwin Mitchell is challenging the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) policy of refusing to fund mediation, after £1,500 costs for a successful mediation were disallowed. The challenge was heard on Sunday by a three-member Costs Appeals Committee – the LAB’s highest appeal body. It is being supported by both the Law Society and the […]

Medical negligence

In his viewpoint in The Lawyer, 24 February, Anthony Barton misses a fundamental reason for the lower success rate in legally aided medical negligence claims than in personal injury actions that being the particular complexity of these matters. They should only be handled by specialist lawyers but often are not. There exists a Law Society […]

A future for conveyancing

The feature on conveyancing (The Lawyer, 3 February) highlights the dilemmas facing conveyancing solicitors. While firms enter the property selling arena – to combat the encroachment of estate agents into conveyancing – their traditional role in the process is also threatened by the proposals of US-style title insurers. In my opinion, Brian Marson’s view that […]

Lenders are free to instruct

Brian Marson (The Lawyer, 3 February) suggests that the Law Society seeks to control the instructions which lenders give to their solicitors, Not so. Lenders are as free as any client to intrust solicitors on the terms they wish. But that freedom can exist only when there is no risk of conflict with another client. […]

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