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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 […]

No novation is not ideal

In M Hart Construction Ltd & Anor v Ideal Response Group Ltd [2018] the court refused to enforce two adjudicators’ decisions on the basis that there was no contract between the parties. There had not been an effective novation from an original contracting party.  The adjudicators therefore did not have jurisdiction to determine the disputes. Another […]

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Ferris will herald a new era

Murdoch McKillop, president of the Society for Practitioners of Insolvency, responds to last week’s City Comment. Readers of last week’s “City Comment” might have thought that the opportunity for licensed insolvency practitioners had just passed. Apparently “the gravy train might be about to hit the buffers”. The public only believes in such a “gravy train” […]

Law Soc AGM opposes block contracting

THE Law Society’s AGM approved a resolution last week opposing exclusive block contracting for criminal legal aid work unless certain safeguards are introduced. The resolution, which was tabled by the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA), was passed unanimously by the meeting last Thursday. It says the Law Society should oppose any block contracting scheme unless […]

Quotes of the week

“I resigned from the partnership because of my promotion to the shadow cabinet – and if you for a second imply that it was because of this [hearing] I’ll sue the pants off you.” – Tory shadow cabinet member Gary Streeter, on the eve of his Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing, when asked by The Lawyer […]

Two more aviation specialists take off from 5 Bell Yard

Leading aviation set 5 Bell Yard has lost two more aviation specialists, bringing the number of departures this year to five. Andrew Lydiard joined rival set Brick Court Chambers last week while aviation specialist Philip Reed is joining Norton Rose’s commercial litigation team this week. In February Michael Crane QC and Akhil Shah went to […]

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