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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.


Chinese firms get in shape to take on Western big-hitters in Hong Kong

With UK and US firms vying for dominance in the Hong Kong legal market, a number of Chinese firms are also emerging as serious contenders in the Asian financial hub. One in particular is King & Wood, which is understood to be in merger discussions with Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Due to China’s regulations regarding profit-sharing […]


Launching The UK Law Blogging Review

From this Friday I will be doing a weekly round-up of UK legal blogging for The Lawyer. This will not be some earnest clinical exercise based on aggregate counts of page views, number of commenters, or any other statistical basis or social media metric. From this Friday I will be doing a weekly round-up of UK […]

BBC Worldwide: will retain editorial interests in sold-off titles

City quartet pitch in on £121m sale of BBC magazine portfolio

Hogan Lovells, Olswang, SJ Berwin and Travers Smith won advisory roles on BBC Worldwide’s £121m sale of magazine titles including Radio Times and Top Gear to Exponent ­Private Equity. The deal sees Exponent acquire 11 BBC magazines including Radio Times, olive and Gardens Illustrated. The private equity house will acquire the licence to 18 further […]

BLG, Gaddafi and a spot of office bother

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is having a touch of landlord trouble – the trouble being that its landlord was Colonel Gaddafi (see story). The firm is keen on moving in with merger partner Clyde & Co (whose office is next door and according to one source at BLG “is much nicer”) but is having a […]

Domestic bliss

New legislation in the banking and power industries and high levels of foreign investment is keeping Nigerian lawyers busy, says Dale McEwan  A year ago, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued a directive repealing the concept of universal banking and limiting the country’s banks to “core” activities. The regulation has led to a […]

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