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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.


No cause for conflict

Reckless on conflicts? Freshfields? Certainly not. But goodness, the firm has some chutzpah. You would have thought that in the same year that former corporate head Barry O’Brien was hauled over the coals by a disciplinary tribunal for Freshfields’ conflict on the M&S bid, the firm would want to keep up appearances. But such sensitivities […]

Carey Olsen pre-empts regulatory change with hire

Jersey firm Carey Olsen has appointed Keith Hood in the newly created role of compliance director as the firm gears up for forthcoming changes in Jersey’s regulatory framework. Hood joins from Abbey National International in Jersey where he was risk and compliance manager. Jersey head of banking and regulatory law Paul Sugden said the hire […]

BoE drops Freshfields over Northern Rock

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was dumped by its oldest client the Bank of England after it chose to advise beleaguered mortgage lender Northern Rock. The magic circle firm has been advising Northern Rock as a potential target, but was also advising the Bank of England on its dealings with the mortgage lender as recently as 18 […]

Appleby enhances Jersey corporate group

Offshore giant Appleby has expanded its Jersey-based corporate and commercial practice with the appointment of two lawyers. Alastair Drummond, who specialises in property finance and banking law, joins as an advocate from Channel Islands rival Carey Olsen. Meanwhile, Sarah Bolton has relocated from Appleby’s Cayman Islands office. She joins the Jersey office as counsel, focusing […]

Romana Abdin: SimplyHealth

Romana Abdin took on the role of director of corporate affairs at HSA with a view to reviving the ailing company. Now, following a rebrand, SimplyHealth is fighting fit. By Malar Velaigam Romana Abdin is a prime example of a new breed of lawyer; one who is also a manager and a businesswoman. A qualified […]

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