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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.


Hugh James shuffles pack after Ford Simey merger

Welsh firm Hugh James has shuffled its senior positions following its recent merger with Exeter-based Ford Simey. Matthew Tossell has become the managing partner of Hugh James Ford Simey. He replaces Cherry Wright, who is returning to fee earning. Senior partners have not escaped the reshuffle. Two senior partners have been replaced with a single […]


David Mosey and Chris Pedder of Trowers & Hamlins’ construction team advised Pollards Hill Housing Association and its parent Moat Housing Group in a partnering deal, which will see £35m worth of affordable housing constructed in the London Borough of Merton. The deal was signed by Pollards Hill Housing Association, Moat Housing Group, DJ Higgins […]

Freshfields looks to the East after Dutch move

Freshfields plans to open offices in Poland after poaching four Dutch lawyers for its new Amsterdam office. Freshfields’ chief executive, Alan Peck, says that the Dutch office completes the west European picture for the firm. “We are now turning our sights to eastern Europe and India,” he says. “The boys have been sniffing around Poland […]

Italian firms merge to fight the English

The end of a family feud is leading to the creation of Italy’s biggest firm. Osborne Clarke’s Italian associate Croze Radice & Associati, which was set up by a member of the same family that founded top Italian firm Carnelutti, is now seeking to reunite the family in a marriage between the two firms. The […]

Exiles seek redress from the Government

Roger Pearson reports on how the actions of the British Government 30 years ago may come back to haunt it today. The Government is facing a potentially embarrassing confrontation over human rights in the High Court with accusations that it “rode roughshod” over the rights of islanders from the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. […]

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