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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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Cheers to Pinsents and TLT as they guide Molson Coors brewery deal

Pinsent Masons and TLT Solicitors have been toasting their success after winning mandates on the £20m sale of Cornwall-based Sharp’s Brewery to Molson Coors. TLT acted for the Sharp’s shareholders, including ­former owners Nick Baker and Joe Keohane. The firm acted for the latter on his 2003 buyout of the ­brewery, which makes Doom Bar […]

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Fountain Court QC defects to rival One Essex Court

Fountain Court silk Craig Orr QC has defected to rival magic circle set One Essex Court. Orr, who took silk in 2006, has a particular focus on major banking and financial disputes and is widely considered to be one of the leading young silks at the commercial bar. It is rare for silks to move […]

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Bingham has another year to write home about in City

Bingham McCutchen has posted another year of rising revenue and profit in London. Turnover was up by 6 per cent in 2010, from $40.8m (£25.38m) to $43.2, while profit was up by 7 per cent to $13.4m. Revenue per lawyer rose by 6 per cent, from £1.05m to $1.12m. London managing partner James Roome says […]

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Sun cover: Derek Walsh, RSA

A baptism of fire was the perfect way to kick off a new role for RSA in-house legal chief Derek Walsh. When Derek Walsh joined insurance giant RSA (formerly Royal and SunAlliance) as group general ­counsel in July last year he concedes that it was a baptism of fire. RSA was making its £5bn bid to acquire […]

CEDR Solve installs first practice manager

Dispute resolution body CEDR Solve has appointed John Munton as its first practice manager. Munton joins from Keating Chambers, where he was practice manager between 2005 and 2010. He will have responsibility for CEDR Solve’s direct mediator group. Commenting on the appointment CEDR Solve director Gregory Hunt said: “John Munton’s successful record of ­managing strategy, […]

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