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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.


Lovells promotes 46 to of counsel

Lovells has promoted a total of 46 lawyers to its of counsel role, with the appointments spread across a broad range of practice groups. A total of 27 of the promotions have been made in continental Europe, with 11 in London, six in Asia and two in the US, with the role known as ‘of […]

Doughty Street targets two senior juniors

#Doughty Street Chambers has ramped up its immigration and public law offering with the hire of senior juniors from Matrix and Tooks chambers. The set snapped up Matrix barrister Charlotte Kilroy, who was called in 1999, shortly after 16-year call Tooks immigration and public law specialist Judith Farbey joined. Doughty Street joint chambers head Keir […]

The perils of going global

There’s an attempt at lofty unconcern at Simmons & Simmons, but Lovells’ raid on its Tokyo office has made it look slightly more fragile abroad than it would like. Simmons kicked off a review of some of its international operations over a year ago. Managing partner Mark Dawkins’ analysis of what his firm can afford […]

Katten beefs up New York with McCarter hire

The New York office of Katten Muchin & Rosenman has hired the former managing partner of the New York office of US firm McCarter & English. Steve Eckhaus, a partner specialising in executive compensation, is best known for advising high-ranking individuals in the financial services sector on a range of matters. He has a 30-year […]

BG legal chief instructs alma mater A&O on Origin battle

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have won mandates on the A$13.6bn (£6.6bn) takeover battle for Australian-listed gas company Origin Energy. In the latest of a series of natural resources mega-deals, UK oil and gas giant BG Group, represented by A&O, saw its bid rejected at the eleventh hour by Origin, but has not ruled […]

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