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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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Covington’s London revenue falls after record 2018

Covington & Burling’s London revenue decreased last year after a bumper 2018 in which it crossed the $100m mark, the firm’s latest financial results show. Turnover at Covington’s London office shrunk to $101.17m last year after soaring in 2018, when it rose by 26 per cent from $80.5m to $101.25m. Globally, revenue increased to almost […]

Quinn Emanuel follows Freshfields to ban “Dear Sirs” in emails

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has become the latest firm to ban “Dear Sirs” in its emails and letters, The Lawyer can reveal. The male-oriented salutation has been replaced by gender-neutral equivalents. London-based lawyers will now address all external communications with “Dear Sirs/Madams,” “Dear Colleagues” or “Dear Counsel”. The change has been implemented by senior partner Richard […]

Hogan Lovells adds £30m to top line in City financials

Hogan Lovells’ London office revenue increased by 10 per cent over 2019, while global growth was also promising in Steve Immelt’s final year as CEO. The firm reported revenue of £332.6m in London in 2019 after breaking the £300m barrier over 2018, when it grew by just 2 per cent to £301.9m. Globally, Hogan Lovells’ […]

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US firms in London get lead roles on Blackstone’s student housing purchase

Kirkland & Ellis, Jones Day, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Gowling WLG have all picked up roles on Blackstone’s acquisition of iQ Student Accommodation for $4.7bn. The deal, which is said to be the UK’s largest-ever private real estate transaction, had been in play since late last year when Blackstone is understood to have first […]

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The speed read: Greenberg beefs up; and a law school mystery

Under-the-radar Greenberg makes promises in litigation Mishcon de Reya isn’t used to losing partners from its beloved disputes group, but this week The Lawyer revealed two would be making the move – and to a US firm no less. Banking disputes head Masoud Zabeti and fellow litigator Mohammed Khamisa QC are joining Greenberg Traurig, a […]

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