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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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DLA Piper Austria hires Nabucco chief legal counsel

DLA Piper has boosted its Austria office with the hire of Nabucco International Gas Pipeline’s chief legal counsel Andreas Gunst. The in-house lawyer will join the energy team as a partner after four years as as chief legal counsel and compliance officer at Nabucco, prior to which he was an associate at DLA Piper’s London […]

Squire Sanders re-elects Crossley and Mahon as managing partners

Squire Sanders has confirmed the re-appointment of its UK and US businesses, with Peter Crossley and Stephen Mahon set to serve another three-year term each. The news comes four months after the firm first began the process of nominating individuals for the roles (28 June 2013). Crossley and Mahon’s names were put forward to the […]

Judicial Review: planning permission

by Tim Willis In September 2013, the Ministry of Justice issued its consultation paper ‘Judicial Review — Proposals for Further Reform’, which sets out proposals to further speed up the judicial review (JR) process following the grant of planning permission. This consultation follows on from the reduction of the JR challenge period for planning decisions, which […]

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Cyber security Q&A: Investment by digital guardians

The US government spent $4.7bn on cyber defence last year (while the UK spent just £650m). So how is the cyber security industry shaping up?  The US Department of Defence has requested more funds to support cyber-related operations in 2014 – some $800m (£500m) more than in 2013, when the spend was $4.7bn – emphasising […]

National Crime Agency — requests for information

By Jeremy Bouch The National Crime Agency (NCA) replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on 7 October 2013 as the UK’s main body for tackling organised crime and it has made a commitment to work closely with businesses in its fight against white-collar crime and cyber attacks. The most important tool in disrupting crime […]

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