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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.


From OIK to a King

King & Spalding’s launch in Germany is noteworthy for a number of reasons. (See story). Its hire of Heuking corporate partner Michael Prinz zu Lowenstein gives it instant credibility in Frankfurt. However, the recruitment of the in-house team of real estate fund Oppenheim Immobilien-Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, or OIK (never were we more glad to see an acronym), […]

BLP bounces back from exits with Jones Day partner coup

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has asserted itself following recent high-profile partner departures by poaching Trevor Wood from Jones Day as a partner in its banking and capital markets team. Wood was counsel at Jones Day and previously worked at Clifford Chance. During his stint at the magic circle firm he spent three and a half […]

UK Overview

In previous years this regular feature has revealed the top 50 firms by London revenues. But why be so exclusive? In a global legal market divisions between revenues originated from the City and those from the regions at UK-headquartered firms are arguably meaningless. This year we have widened the scope to look at the top […]

London Mid-Market

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is a very different firm from what it was five years ago. Back then DWS was the twelfth-largest law firm in the UK, with offices across Asia and an extensive European network. Its peers were the likes of Ashurst, Norton Rose, Simmons & Simmons and SJ Berwin. The past five years […]

English lawyers take the high road

A poor work-life balance and the high cost of living is leading English lawyers to head north of the border to practise, according to Scottish law firms and recruiters. Alison Burgin, head of legal recruitment at Badenoch & Clark, said Scotland has seen an influx of City lawyers upping sticks to northern legal centres such […]

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