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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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TMT deals round-up

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Norton Rose expands East Europe practice

Norton Rose expands East Europe practice” />Norton Rose is consolidating its presence in Eastern Europe with a raft of high-profile deals as part of its ongoing push on international projects in EU accession countries and beyond. The firm is advising both the Romanian and Bulgarian governments on deals collectively worth more than €1bn (£700m). Campbell […]

Not enough money for licensing lawyers

Shortfalls in the proposed legal budget will make next year’s overhaul of the UK’s licensing system unworkable, the Government has been told. Local authorities have written to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which is responsible for licensing, complaining there is a shortfall in the proposed level of funding to cover lawyers’ fees […]

McGrigors’ London base sees turnover boosted by one-third

Mcgrigors has seen a massive upsurge in London work, with City turnover growing by 30 per cent in the past year as firmwide turnover rises by 5 per cent to £42.4m. McGrigors’ financial year ends on 30 September. Of its total turnover, around £18.2m came from London and £24.2m from outside the capital. London now […]

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