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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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Beachcroft to update graduate recruitment

Beachcroft is to review its graduate recruitment programme in an effort to refine its selection process. Trainee recruitment manager Carrie Daniels told The Lawyer that until now the firm has used generic selection criteria, but is looking to tailor the requirements to Beach­croft’s specific needs. “We haven’t had a review of the graduate recruitment programme […]

FFW partners go to war

Field Fisher Waterhouse IP partner John Olsen has filed a claim with an employment tribunal, complaining of age discrimination and harassment. His claims are absolutely astonishing. What a mess. Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has got itself into an almighty battle with its own IP partner John Olsen (see story). Olsen has filed a claim with […]

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Going Overy the top…

In Hungary, Allen & Overy’s management seems to ­prefer getting its hands dirty directly. So much so that senior ­partner David Morley has named the firm’s local ­subsidiary Morley Allen & Overy Iroda. This is ­apparently a longstanding tradition in Hungary, as his ­predecessor Guy Beringer had christened the firm Beringer Allen & Overy Iroda. […]

Be prepared

In the face of a credit crunch, firms need to mobilise their lawyers. Investing in people and client relationships is perhaps the best way to survive the pinch. How many of your lawyers are equipped to make the most of the credit crunch and shift their focus to preparing for the upturn? If your answer […]

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Opinion: Why equality is good for business

Women in law face a ‘concrete ceiling’ to their promotion prospects, according to the Equality and Human Rights ­Commission. When I became a trainee in the City in 1983 just over 50 per cent of my ­contemporaries were female. The ­proportion of women entering law is much the same now. My elder daughter starts her […]

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