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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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SIF must alter in order to work

What is surprising about the complaints about SIF is that no one queries why a professional and constitutional service should run up hundreds of millions of pounds of claims in the first place. A few years ago the £5,000 excess was changed to disguise the rising millions; now the call is for private insurance. As […]

Lewis Silkin drops Farnham office

Westminster firm Lewis Silkin is disposing of its Farnham conveyancing office at the end of this week as part of a major change in direction for the firm. The move will mean laying off five paralegals, with three legal executives joining the London office. The only assistant solicitor in the Farnham office has already left […]

SIF fudge infuriates City firms

The Law Society Council has voted to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) – just as Cherie Booth QC is preparing to judicially review the fund in the High Court. The society’s ruling council last week voted against a Martin Mears-backed proposal to allow approved commercial insurers to provide indemnity cover by 1 September 2000, […]

Litigation Recent Decisions

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Asylum appeal made before Immigration Act was in force R v (1) The Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) A special adjudic ator, ex parte Nargis Chowdry (1998) Court: CA (Lord Woolf MR, Potter […]

Oldham Council gains fresh powers to evict bad tenants

A NEW tenancy agreement for all of Oldham City Council’s 20,600 tenants comes into force this week. The agreement, which is designed to give the council greater powers to evict tenants and promote neighbourly behaviour, took housing solicitor Naseem Malik 16 months to prepare. The 29-page document delineates unacceptable conduct and outlines what punishment will […]

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