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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.



Manches & Co acted for mid-Southern Water, Eastbourne Water and West Kent Water on securing a £12.5 million leasing facility with various water treatment plants and equipment.

Avocats conference

The Union Internationale des Avocats holds its 40th congress in Madrid on 4-8 September. Last year’s annual congress was held in London and attracted over 1,000 delegates from around the world. The main three main themes will be: protection and use of intellectual property; justice and the media; and rights for the defence, confidentiality and […]

Bar Council unable to disbar solicitors

John Malpas reports A MOVE to force barristers to disbar if they become solicitors has finally been ruled out by the Bar Council. At its meeting earlier this month, the Bar Council conceded that there was nothing it could do to stop barristers from holding on to their qualification on becoming solicitors. The Bar Council […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Anne Harvey

Anne Harvey was born in Glasgow in 1959. She lives in Oxfordshire and is research manager for Holiday Which? magazine in London, where she has developed the coverage of legal issues. What was your first job? Filing clerk at the firm where I became a partner. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? […]

TBI airport buy-up

Norton Rose advised property group TBI which recently paid £100 million for Belfast International Airport, one of the UK’s largest regional terminals. The law firm’s team was led by Keith Hyman and Barbara Stephenson. Banking partner Richard Calnan with assistant Matthew Paget negotiated the acquisition financing. Hyman said: “This deal involved complex issues which had […]

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