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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields brought in to advise students on legal tech

As universities look to jump on the innovation bandwagon, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has teamed up with the University of Manchester’s law school and AI company Neota Logic to offer a course on legal technology. The new course, which will commence in January 2019, is called “legal tech and access to justice” and will be offered as an […]



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Comment: Flexible working isn’t just for women – inclusion in law firms is about age too

Gender, gender, gender: how firms retain female talent is a board-level discussion point. The born-again evangelism among managing partners isn’t feigned, I grant you, but it’s pretty one-note, as if the rhetoric of anxiety makes up for the distinct lack of solutions. To complicate matters further, other diversity issues are beginning to emerge. Just as […]

Business Leadership briefings

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

Who is a worker in modern workplaces

Modern business and working models have changed the face of the employment landscape. Half of the new jobs created since the economic down­turn are purportedly ‘self­employed’, but is that really the case? The ‘worker v independent contractor’ debate has been a topic of great debate in recent years with a number of high profile cases […]

Autonomous vehicles: Tracking UK investors perceptions

This is the third in a series of thought leadership reports produced by Gowling WLG and Explain the Market, tracking the perceptions of both private and professional investors when it comes to investing in autonomous vehicles (AVs). The purpose of this white paper is to present our results for Q3, whilst showing how perceptions have […]

The importance of Louboutin shoes for European trademark law

On 12 June 2018, Christian Louboutin’s won a key legal battle in the war over the trade mark of his red-soled shoes when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) stated that their red colour was separate from the shape of the soles. For a bit of background, Paris­-based Christian Louboutin has marketed the red­bottomed shoes for more than a quarter of a century, and they featured even on the television series “Sex and the City.” Louboutin had registered trademarks in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, covering footwear in and high­heeled shoes, where the colour red is applied to the sole of a shoe.

The quick guide to cloud computing for law firms

By Teresa Matich Cloud computing lets you access software and services via the internet—from anywhere. Instead of working with costly on-premise, server-based solutions, cloud-based providers leverage economies of scale to provide powerful, secure software as a service (SaaS). More and more law firms are using the power of the cloud to stay competitive in an ever-changing […]

Bermuda: Setting up a class 2 captive insurer

A company may be licensed as a Class 2 insurer if it is owned by two or more unrelated persons and intends to carry on insurance business at least 80% of which consists of insuring the risks of those persons and their affiliates. A Class 2 insurer may also write business which is not a […]

Bermuda: Setting up a class 1 captive insurer

A company may be licensed as a Class 1 insurer if it is wholly owned by one person and intends to carry on insurance business consisting only of insuring the risks of that person or its affiliates. Such insurers are often referred to as “pure captives” and are subject to the least onerous regulatory oversight […]

Romania: New government ordinance on PPPs

A new legal framework on public-private partnerships entered into force in Romania on 18 May 2018 after the publication in the Official Gazette of Government Emergency Ordinance No. 39/2018 on public-private partnerships…

Beware: not only 25 May but also 9 June has passed

It seems not only companies but also many Member States were so busy preparing for the GDPR that they lost sight of the Trade Secrets Directive that should have been transposed into national laws by 9 June. That’s regrettable, because it is important legislation between “privacy”, unfair competition and IP, establishing a modern and for […]

Landmark ruling on planning application fees

By Scott Stemp and Hashi Mohamed The High Court in London ruled this week for the first time on the circumstances when planning application fees may be refunded by local authorities, in the event they fail to determine applications within an extended period of time. This is an important decision for applicants with lodged applications that are taking longer than the usually prescribed 26 week period for determination…

Q&A employment in the Netherlands 2018

You are about to receive or hire an employee from outside the Netherlands. Or maybe you are a foreign employer, seconding an employee to work in the Netherlands. Perhaps the employee and even family members will be moving to the Netherlands. In our experience, these situations might lead to questions, such as: do we need […]

Employee created rights in the field of trademarks

By Vanessa Delnaud, George Sevier, R. Nelson Godfrey, Maria Stadnik, Maria Aronikova, Jamie Rowlands, Manuela Finger, Ines Lin, Céline Bey and Clémence Lapotre This is our fourth international article featuring our trademark expert teams from across the firm in Canada, China, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, the UK and the UAE. In this article, we will address the topic of employee-created rights or commissioned works […]

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