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Andrew Howson

Getting slicker: in-housers share what self-service technology means to them

On a clear, bright morning at the end of September, 11 GCs gathered at the South Place Hotel near Liverpool Street to share how they were overcoming issues surrounding legal self-service and assembly; the “nuts and bolts” of running a clean and slick legal operation. How does one leverage technology to deal with the business-as-usual […]

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Hogan Lovells’ adult viewing moment: embarrassing on so many levels

Red faces aplenty at Hogan Lovells last week when a partner was filmed enjoying adult material on his work computer during daytime hours. But not just because a partner spent valuable fee-earning time accessing sexual content; as a policy issue, it has raised questions about why internet controls were not consistent across the firm’s global network.   Prior to the incident, Hogan Lovells’ internet controls varied across jurisdictions, […]

Why e-signatures should be the de facto standard for executing deals

By Richard Oliphant The market for legal services is highly competitive. The recent report by The Lawyer and Intapp (‘Navigating a new reality in the client-empowered’) revealed how law firms are investing heavily in ‘intelligent automation’ technologies and using data analytics to improve client service and stay ahead of the pack. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning […]

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Tools and solutions for increasing access to international arbitration – An overview

By Malcolm Simpson, Gwendoline Davies, Nick Lees Parties have been concerned for some time about the length and cost of arbitration, and how these issues can be effectively controlled. This article considers the factors affecting accessibility, how arbitral institutions can help, and how the parties can help themselves; different available tools and innovative solutions that can be deployed […]

Guide for facing review fraud in online retail

By Gwendoline Davies Fake reviews have featured in the press a lot recently, but they are certainly not a new phenomenon and such practices have no doubt existed for as long as people have been reviewing products and services. However, the explosion of the online retail marketplace has made fake reviews a very lucrative business. At […]

Supreme Court – Sporting rights over land are capable of being easements

By Maria Connolly Purely sporting or recreational rights over land are capable of being easements, the Supreme Court has confirmed. In a judgment handed down today the Court held that, so long as such rights satisfy the four well-established characteristics of easements, there is no reason why they should not be easements (Regency Villas Title […]

Employment: Quarterly case law updates

By Beth Jenkins and Paula Rome In this article, we take a look back through some key cases from the last three months and the lessons which we can learn from them. Discrimination In Ms A Gray V Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd the EAT held that an employer will not be discriminating on grounds of […]

Austria – Teleradiology and other healthcare advancements

By Florian Kusznier Technology and innovation are key drivers of advancement in a variety of industries, and certainly in healthcare. The level of patient care can be improved considerably with the right mix of traditional and innovative treatments and solutions. Nevertheless, there are regulatory challenges to overcome. Teleradiology is one area where technological advancements allow […]

Belgium – New rules on influencer marketing

By Stephanie De Smedt, Olivier Belleflamme As a business operator, you obviously want your products to be known by the public and more specifically by selected target groups. To do so, many companies have chosen to heavily invest in “influencer marketing”. Many companies are partnering up with influencers to promote their food supplements or (over-the-counter) […]

UK NCP issues initial assessment of a complaint related to Royal Windsor Horse Show

By Kieran Laird On 7 November 2018, the UK NCP issued its Initial Assessment of a complaint from the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) against HPower Group Limited (HPG), which organises events worldwide, and two other multinational enterprises (MNEs). The complaint alleged that the companies had acted inconsistently with the OECD Guidelines (the Guidelines) […]

Supreme Court hands down judgment in Warner-Lambert v Generics & Actavis case

By Gordon Harris, Paul Inman The Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited judgment in the Warner-Lambert v Generics & Actavis case. In short, Warner-Lambert lost. The case concerned Warner-Lambert’s patent, which claimed in ‘Swiss form’ the use of a molecule called ‘pregabalin’ for the treatment of pain, in particular ‘neuropathic pain’. The majority in the Supreme […]

Canada: Competition Bureau and PPSC revises Immunity and Leniency Programs

By Quin Gilbert-Walters, Ian Macdonald On Sept. 27, the Competition Bureau and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) announced the revised Immunity and Leniency Programs to enhance the Bureau’s ability to detect, investigate, and prosecute anti-competitive conduct that violates the provisions of the Competition Act and the Criminal Code. The Programs provide incentives for parties who […]

Cayman Islands – Overview of litigation settlement

By Paul Smith, Spencer Vickers The thought of settling in the Cayman Islands almost always evokes images of white sand beaches, calm blue seas and maybe even a cold piña colada. Although settling litigation in the Cayman Islands may get you one step closer to retirement in the Caribbean, two recent judgments of the Grand Court […]

Amendments to the Electronic Communications Code

By Paul Henson The decision of the Upper Tribunal in Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited v the University of London (2018) permitted the operator to access, inspect and survey the landowner’s premises as a substantive right under paragraph 3(a) or 3(d) of the Electronic Communications Code (the “Code”). This has thwarted landowners’ tentative attempts to prevent unwanted […]

Reform of the Community Infrastructure Levy

By Katherine Evans In March we reported on the government’s consultation on the reform of the current system of developer contributions. The government’s response to the consultation, released at the end of October, confirms that change is on the horizon. The key themes of the consultation were centred around a desire to make the system simpler and more […]

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