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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.


High street firms face an uphill battle

A Law Society snapshot of the opportunities and problems facing high street practices paints a bleak picture of the future. Compiled by its research and policy unit policy adviser John Jenkins, the chart on the right covers most areas of high street practice. “My general conclusion from this exercise was that existing trends suggest that […]

Law Soc approves costs code

The Law Society has approved plans to impose a client care and costs information code on its members, in a bid to clarify the duty of solicitors to provide clients with clear information on costs. Solicitors are currently required by a written professional standard to provide clear costs information. But the society standards and guidance […]

Litigation Personal Injury 11/03/97

Thomson v Lewisham and North Southwark Health Authority – QBD, 3 March 1997 Claimant: Alex Thomson, 8 (suing through mother) Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Oxygen starvation at birth resulting in cerebral palsy and claimant suffering spasticity in all four limbs. Physical, cognitive, visual, language abilities seriously impaired Claimant suffers from fits, is unlikely ever to […]

Clifford Chance race reaches final lap

Clifford Chance partners Peter Charlton and Tony Williams are in the final ballot to become the firm’s next managing partner after Ashley Booker and Rodney Short were eliminated from the race. It is understood that no clear majority of votes was obtained for any of the four in the first round of voting which ended […]

Trouble in store for high street lawyers

High street practitioners face a bleak future if they do not take a long, hard look at their practices and find new opportunities, the latest research from the Law Society points out. Researcher John Jenkins warns solicitors of the dangers which lie ahead as many of their practice areas, from conveyancing to crime, are slowing […]

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