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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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The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, with a track record of more than 30 years as reputable finance centres, were included on a list of harmful tax regimes produced by the OECD, alongside less regulated offshore jurisdictions, such as those in the Caribbean. It may seem a paradox, therefore, that while centres such as […]

Family fortunes

What a shambles. Last month the Thyssen trial – the most expensive in legal history – collapsed when the judge resigned after not securing a better pay package. Since then, the whole thing has descended into bitter recriminations. Such angst, together with the sad death of defendant counsel 52 year-old Trevor Philipson QC (who himself […]

Expansys

Halliwell Landau has acted for Manchester-based Expansys since it was founded in July 1998 and is its main legal adviser. The technology company’s acquisition of internet retailer 21store.com for around £250,000 is characteristic of the consolidation underway in the sector. Expansys already had a competing retail operation and is keen to add the recognised brand […]

Berwin Leighton leads the way in Govt work

Berwin Leighton is the leading external supplier of legal services to Government departments, according to a National Audit Office survey. In 1999-2000, Central Government outsourced £2.2m of work to Berwin Leighton. Nabarro Nathan-son, Eversheds and Bird & Bird each earned £2.1m. Denton Wilde Sapte also featured, billing £1.8m. The Government spent £67m on legal services, […]

Case book Judgments

Amoco (UK) Exploration Co & ors v (1) Teesside Gas Transportation Ltd (2) Imperial Chemcial Industries Plc & ors (4/4/01) HL Lords: Bingham, Hoffmann, Hope, Hobhouse and Scott Case related to the construction of an agreement for the transportation of natural gas from the North Sea to Teesside. Herbert Smith instructed Gordon Pollock QC of […]

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