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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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Haringey prosecutes writer of racist letter

Solicitors at Haringey Council have broken new ground by successfully prosecuting a man for sending a racially abusive letter to a parking control officer. Haringey was the first council to successfully prosecute someone under the Malicious Communications Act, after senior litigation assistant Michael Munn took John Duggan to court for writing the letter. The letter, […]

Leading New Zeland judge questions QC title tradition

Senior New Zealand barristers may be stripped of their Queen’s Counsel title following a call for a change to the long-held tradition by the nation’s leading judge. Chief Justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum has suggested it may be time for the QC title to be renamed or completely abolished. “Some will argue that extinction is preferable […]

In brief: Official Referee's Courts revamp protocol

Solicitors working in Official Referee’s Courts have established a new protocol to improve their working relationship with expert witnesses. The Official Referee’s Solicitors Association, whose 170 members take construction and highly technical cases to the Official Referee’s Courts, said that there have been misunderstandings with expert witnesses over issues such as fees and their courtroom […]

Time for action on the MDPs question

The thorny issue of multidisciplinary practices (MDPs) is one which has occupied the legal profession for some years now. But while the philosophical arguments have provided much fodder for debate, the reality is that MDPs are a fact of life, thanks to the proactive approach of the Big Six accountancy firms, most of whom have […]

In brief: Crime and Disorder Bill is published

The Home Office launched its Crime and Disorder Bill last week, introducing new offences of racially aggravated assault and harassment, abolishing the presumption that under-10s cannot commit a crime and setting up a new Youth Justice Board and youth offender teams. The five-part Bill also extends the custodial term for sexual crimes by 10 years […]

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