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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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Watson Farley parries pay claim from Orrick defectors

Watson Farley & Williams has successfully fended off a claim for holiday pay from the Paris team that defected to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. The 42-strong team, which joined Orrick’s Paris office in October 2002, demanded €290,000 (£196,900) in lieu of unused holiday under French employment law. Watson Farley rejected the demand and retaliated by […]

Land craft

Jean Bursle and Matthew Edwards report on how the Australian property market and the recognition of native title have found some middle ground It took the Australian legal system more than 200 years to recognise the existence of basic indigenous property rights in the form of native title. In the 12 years since the High […]

The work-life quiz

Matthew Higdon, partner, M-Law What was your first ever job? Buying yams in Dar es Salaam market for my mum’s friends. As a ginger six year old schooled in Swahili, I had high novelty value and could always get the best, best price. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Most of it, but […]

Grabiner and Sumption case settles before trial

A courtroom clash between the titans of the commercial bar, Lord Grabiner QC and Jonathan Sumption QC, has been called off following a late settlement deal in the six-year long Metro Trading dispute. Grabiner, who commands up to £3,000 per hour, had been brought in by DLA for an October Court of Appeal hearing on […]

Nick Carter: Capital One Bank

A former City lawyer is heading the legal team at Capital One, a company that markets itself as ‘fun’. Jodi Bartle goes looking for a laugh Capital One Bank appears to think it is in the entertainment business. The oversized credit cards featuring leopard-skin prints, the Union Jack and the vast spilled tub of Smarties […]

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