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Louboutin sees red – in a good way

By Gary Assim The European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave its judgment on the question of whether the Louboutin trademark for its red sole could be invalidated because it consisted exclusively of the shape of the sole and was not a colour mark. The ECJ, in a rare move, ruled against the previous Opinion of […]

Interrogatories – questions and answers time

Both legal practitioners and the general public alike are very much aware that litigation can be a time consuming and costly exercise, particularly in light of the lengthy delays for the hearing of trials and the subsequent length of time many trials run for. One particular tool favoured by the courts as a way to […]

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In brief: Govt initiative for a cleaner Internet

The Government has publicly called for the development of software to screen out offensive material on the Internet in response to advice from Internet specialists at Denton Hall. The Government instructed the firm to produce a study on behalf of the DTI’s Information Society Initiative earlier this year. A team led by partner Nicholas Higham […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Susskind

Richard Susskind was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 28 March 1961. He now lives in Hertfordshire and is special adviser at Masons. What was your first job? Selling ice-cream in a Baskin Robbins shop in Glasgow. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? As a law student in 1979, I averaged £3 per […]

Chambers fight shy of disclosing fee figures

JUST 20 sets of chambers have decided to break tradition and publish details of their barristers’ fees in the new edition of the official Bar Directory. This year is the first time chambers have been invited by the directory, published by FT Law & Tax, to include their fee rates. The vast majority declined to […]

Edge & Ellison hires former police chief

Edge & Ellison has appointed Sir Ronald Hadfield, former Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police, as a consultant to the firm to oversee training and people management. Digby Jones, senior partner, disclosed that Hadfield is one of several non-lawyers who will be appointed as consultants over the next 12 months. He said:”It is our […]

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Linklaters & Paines advised Lloyds/TSB Bank on the UK’s biggest commercial property auction of 108 local branch offices which raised over £40m for the merged bank.

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