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Russian patents: Rospatent fee-based extradited examination

By Maria Aronikova On October 5 2017 the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) officially announced that expedited examination will be available for all applications. Rospatent had abrogated its former expedited examination practice in 2012. Since then, patent law has allowed accelerated examination through the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) system…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

3D printing – planning law, policy and procedures

It was recently reported that a family in Nantes, France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D­ printed house. The four­-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper. In our Planning 2020 white paper, we approached 100 senior decision makers working in the […]

Clarity on Russian cryptocurrency and crowdfunding

By Meldir Erbulekova and Yulia Yarnykh From Russian rapper Basta launching his own cryptocurrency in December 2017 to top businesses exploring initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other alternative funding models, the Russian market is investing rapidly in blockchain technology and fintech…

How to empower teams to deliver successful projects

A guide on how enterprise collaboration platforms can take the pain out of project management and encourage teamwork How do you currently manage your projects? Do you struggle with keeping track of what stage different parts of the project are at? Is it hard to communicate with everyone in your project team at once? This […]

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Deutsche Bank lawyer quits top job

PETER BROOKS, whose ruthless reputation earned him the sobriquet Prince of Darkness, has left his £1m job as general counsel at Deutsche Bank. Brooks, who was previously head of corporate finance at Clifford Chance, had been considering leaving the bank for some time. It is understood his role as general counsel changed considerably following the […]

Herbert Smith wins High Court battle against Inland Revenue

Herbert Smith senior partner Edward Walker-Arnott has won a major test case victory in a battle with the Inland Revenue. Walker-Arnott represented himself and the firm’s other partners as taxpayers in a two-and-a-half day hearing at the High Court. The case concerned how tax relief on £5m losses, from leases which the firm was left […]

Little access to little justice

Dan Brennan asks why the Access to Justice Bill does not have a set of clear objectives that outline what its intentions are. THE GOVERNMENT is keen to emphasise that the Access to Justice Bill will provide greater access to justice for citizens and that it is not a Bill “for lawyers”. Why, then, does […]

Scuffle of the week

There are no lawyers quite as vicious as libel lawyers. Olswang is peeved about rivals Burton Copeland’s spin on a story about disgraced former Tory minister Johnathan Aitken. He tried to pay for his daughter’s legal fees in a related legal issue arising from his failed libel case against The Guardian. Burton Copeland claims The […]

Quote of the week

“Anyone and any member of this house may find himself in a police station. He may kill someone with his car. He may be wrongly identified in a public lavatory…” – Lord Hutchinson of Lullington uses the famous public lavatory defence in speaking out against public defenders in the House of Lords.

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