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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.


In brief: Memery Crystal lures rivals' partners

London practice Memery Crystal is celebrating the hiring of two partners from rival firms. Greg Scott has joined the firm’s corporate finance department from London-based Walsh Lawson, while Robert Clifford Holmes has joined the property department from Lawrence Graham, also based in the capital.


Coudert Brothers advised Chinese plastics and chemicals producer Beijing Yanhua Petrochemical on its dual $200m flotation on the New York and Hong Kong stock exchanges. Lead managers Bear Stearns & Co and SBC Warburg were advised by Baker & McKenzie.

'He is good for social justice but he sometimes goes too far”

Pensions Ombudsman Julian Farrand’s recent public attack on an Eversheds partner has unearthed deep-rooted feelings of discontent, says Robert Lindsay. There has not been anybody quite like him since Lord Denning. He is good for the legal profession and good for social justice… but he sometimes goes a little bit too far.” – Taylor Joynson […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Philip Alberstat

Philip Alberstat was born in Calgary, Canada, on 19 April 1964. He is a senior associate at Baker & McKenzie, London, specialising in media law. He was winner of the 1997 The Lawyer/Hifal Assistant Solicitor of the Year award. What was your first job? Selling hot dogs from an outdoor stand on the waterfront in […]

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