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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.



Hot 100: Sarah Sivyour, Ashurst

Ashurst property lawyer Sarah Sivyour (scroll down for video interview) was an associate in the team advising Sellar Property as developer of the Shard on real estate and planning, when the partner in charge of the project, Gary Watson, left the firm for Mayer Brown. Following Watson’s departure, Sivyour was thrust into a leadership role. […]

Bristows client Sony fined over hacking of PlayStation users’ personal details

Bristows client Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has been fined £250,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after hackers gained access to the personal details of millions of online gamers via the PlayStation Network in 2011. The data watchdog said on Thursday that the privacy breach was “one of the most serious ever reported to […]


Hot 100: Melanie Hall QC, Monckton Chambers

Not many barristers can claim to have saved the taxpayer £20bn in the past year, but that is exactly what Monckton Chambers’ Melanie Hall QC (scroll down for video interview) did in 2012. The razor-sharp advocate successfully defeated a challenge by sandwich chain Subway over its tax obligations while also defeating a test case on […]


Hot 100: Jennifer Bethlehem, Freshfields

Freshfields’ Jennifer Bethlehem (scroll down for video interview) is not a run-of-the-mill corporate partner. To start with, she is the relationship partner for key clients such as Goldman Sachs, Rolls-Royce and Novartis. And she was a trauma nurse for a decade before deciding to become a solicitor. She then funded her law degree while working […]

Intellectual property

Simmons & Simmons is a full-service intellectual property (IP) practice providing clients with an unparalleled level of expertise and service. We have been at the forefront of IP law and practice for more than 35 years and have been consistently involved in many of the leading IP cases and transactions. We have more than 70 […]

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