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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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SJ Berwin, Speechly advise on last-ditch rescue bid for MFI

Ashurst, Salans, SJ Berwin and Speechly ­Bircham have been handed leading roles in the rescue of troubled home furnishing MFI with an eleventh hour ­management buyout. SJ Berwin, Speechly advise on last-ditch rescue bid for MFI” />Ashurst, Salans, SJ Berwin ;and ;Speechly ­Bircham have been handed leading roles in the rescue of troubled home furnishing MFI with […]

New Penningtons chief exec announces ambitions

Penningtons has appointed a new chief ­executive who has pledged to double the firm’s profit within four years. Penningtons chief exec announces ambitions” />Penningtons ;has appointed a new chief ­executive who has pledged to double the firm’s profit within four years. Chief executive David Raine, who takes over this month, has set out a plan for […]

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Blake Lapthorn in consultation to lay off 43 staff

Blake Lapthorn has announced a redundancy consultation with 43 ­members of staff across both fee-earning and non-fee-earning roles. Blake Lapthorn in consultation to lay off 43 staff” />Blake ;Lapthorn ;has announced a redundancy consultation ;with ;43 ­members of staff across both fee-earning and non-fee-earning roles. Senior partner Jonathan Lloyd-Jones ;said ;the ­consultation would affect “a number of areas, ranging […]

Covington, Kirkland up City partner promotions

US firms Covington & Burling and Kirkland & Ellis have both announced their partnership promotion rounds, with Covington making record promotions in London. Globally Covington made up 12 new partners, Kirkland 67. Covington made two promotions in London, with Gregor Frizzell in corporate and Daniel Cooper in the privacy & data security practices. This follows […]

Making trainees central to the business

National firm Irwin Mitchell is planning a radical overhaul its training ­programme, centralising its first-year training budget as part of the scheme (The Lawyer, 29 September). Traditionally the firm gave trainees six-month trial periods in four seats over two years. Now trainees will spend four months in three seats for the first year before choosing […]

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