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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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Four-day house buying promise from Marsons

A radical all-in-one property package, which could cut thousands of solicitors out of the conveyancing process, is to be launched this year by Marsons solicitors and insurance giant First American. Brian Marson, senior partner of London firm Marsons, said under his plan, for which a launch date had yet to be fixed, sellers will pay […]

The road to client choice

I agree entirely with John Edge (Letters, 25 March) that the profession must recognise “that it is standing at a cross-roads as far as conveyancing is concerned” and that “if the wrong road is chosen, it will prove an unmitigated disaster for high street practitioners”. However, I do not think his proposal goes far enough […]

Which? poll highlights mistrust of solicitors

Solicitors are not usually the preferred first port of call for people facing legal problems, a survey by consumer magazine Which? has found. Which? surveyed 1,892 people over the age of 15 by personal interview to find out how much they knew about their legal rights and sources of legal advice. This was followed up […]

In brief: LAB ploughs ahead with Green Form pilot

The Legal Aid Board is to “go ahead as planned” with the launch of its green form block contract pilot on 1 August even if the Law Society boycott continues, according to policy adviser Alison McGarrity. McGarrity said it was “unlikely” the LAB would “move further” on its current proposals on payment for the administrative […]

Research pays off

Barrister Becket Bedford from Birmingham will see several years of research come to fruition this month with the publication of two specialist European law texts. European Travel Law, published by Wiley, and Public Procurement Enforcement and Remedies in Europe, published by Butterworths, have been co-edited by the EU law specialist, who is a tenant at […]

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