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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.


Ernst & Young opens Washington office

The new firm – McKee Nelson Ernst & Young – is backed by a loan from Ernst & Young and will be housed in the accountants’ Washington DC offices. The American Bar Association (ABA) prohibits law firms from sharing fees, and the new firm will not be owned by Ernst & Young. But the arrangement […]


The Lawyer would like to clarify a point made in last week’s story on assistant’s salaries. The rise to £45,000 for assistants at Allen & Overy refers to six-month qualifieds rather than newly qualifieds as stated.


The House of Lords: in last week’s feature on the House of Lords, the case of R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte A was omitted from the table. Philip Sales of 11 King’s Bench Walk and Pushpinder Saini of Blackstone Chambers, instructed by the Treasury Solicitor, were the successful counsel […]

A&O advises Gas Natural on £9bn bid

Allen & Overy (A&O) is understood to be at the heart of a Spanish power struggle in which Gas Natural, Spain’s gas utility and an affiliate of oil and gas group Repsol, is planning a hostile bid for electricity company Iberdrola. A team of banking partners in the firm’s London and Spanish offices is believed […]

Benchmark group and jer partners

DJ Freeman’s role as adviser on this complex acquisition and financing is confirmation of its foothold in real estate finance since hiring the Stones Porter team in October 1998. Former Stones Porter banking partner John Clark was in the four-partner team led by DJ Freeman’s chief executive, property partner Jonathan Lewis. The transaction was structured […]

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