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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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Umbro’s sole lawyer quits for Reebok

The merry-go-round in the sportswear sector is in full swing as iconic football kit manufacturer Umbro loses its general counsel to Reebok. Katherine Roseveare, Umbro’s sole in-house lawyer, is leaving the UK-listed company to join Reebok as European general counsel. Roseveare will be replacing Sarah Eaton-Stewart, who is returning to the US to become Reebok’s chief marketing […]

Weightmans former corporate head finds new home

Weightmans’ former Manchester head of corporate Jonathan Shorrock has found a new home at Bolton firm Kippax Beaumont Lewis (KBL). Shorrock becomes KBL’s eighth partner. He will concentrate on M&A, venture capital, MBOs and MBIs. In January it was announced that Shorrock, along with fellow Weightmans Manchester partners head of corporate recovery Glyn Willmott and […]

Howrey gains Paris office with Cousté merger

Cabinet Cousté & Cousté, one of France’s leading biotechnology and IP firms, will join Howrey Simon Arnold & White, making it the US firm’s fourth European IP office. Managing partner and chief executive officer Robert Ruyak (left) said: “We’re now well positioned to answer our clients’ antitrust, litigation and IP needs.” Marina Cousté founded the […]

Separated at birth

Theatre-goers in the West End earlier this year will have been treated to the Olivier-winning performance of none other than Norton Rose chief operating officer Kevin Mortell. Mortell was starring in the hit musical The Producers, a show all about making money by putting on a show that flops. Modestly, Mortell adopted the stage name […]

Legal Widow

The canteen staff have been headhunted en masse, and the firm is in disarray. The canteen staff have been headhunted en masse, and the firm is in disarray. No more twice-baked lasagne souffle; no more salmon en croute with tarragon Pernod sauce; no more treacle tart meringue bites. Their genius was to cook nursery food […]

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