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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.


Tie me law firm down, sport

Given the number of western firms that have tapped Australia for a tie-up over the past couple of years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that by now the country must be sucked dry of independent practices open to mergers. Not so. Serial acquirer K&L Gates has confirmed that it is the latest in a long, […]


Debt heat

Iceland faces a politically charged court showdown over compensation after the country’s banking crash, but it claims the EC should not be involved Next month (18 September) the Icelandic government’s battle with the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority (EFTASA) will come to a head in Luxembourg, with the first hearing in the dispute over […]

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Maclays, Norton Rose, Taylor Wessing clinch £209m property finance jobs

A raft of firms including Maclay Murray & Spens, Norton Rose, Taylor Wessing and Tods Murray scooped roles as property fund Picton Property Income secured £209m from Aviva and Canada Life to refinance one of its portfolios. UK commercial property fund Picton secured a £114m, 15-year-term loan facility from Canada Life and a 20-year loan […]


Magic circle: doing the trick

International strategies pay off The magic circle showed a divided performance in the revenue tables for the 2011-12 financial year. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters both poste broadly flat turnovers, while Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance saw ­single-figure rises. The explanation for this seems clear: Freshfields and Linklaters are both highly exposed to […]


Maclays employee gets community service for embezzlement

A former Maclay Murray & Spens employee been ordered to perform 166 hours of community service for embezzling more than £5,000 while working at the firm. Karen Ward, understood to have been an events manager at Maclays’ Edinburgh office, had earlier pleaded guilty to embezzling £5505.09 between 10 March 2010 and 19 July 2011, according […]

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