Case study: How Royal London rebooted its relationships with external firms

Royal London general counsel Fergus Speight tasked his team with hanging the legal function operating model. Solicitor Peter McCusker led the way, and collaborated with procurement to reboot relationships with external firms

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Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.

Recent Commercial Court decision highlights the importance of strict compliance with claim notification provisions in share and business sale and purchase agreements

In a recently delivered decision, Dodika Limited & Others v. United Luck Group Holdings Limited [2020] EWHC 2101 (Comm), Mr Peter MacDonald Eggers QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the Commercial Court) has ruled that a notice of claim under a tax covenant contained in a share sale and purchase agreement (SPA) failed to comply with the requirements of the claim notification provisions in the SPA. As a result, a sum of USD 50 million held in escrow was liable to be released to the SPA sellers.

Cyber security: Proactivity vs reactivity

Worried about the rise in cyber crime? Peter Yapp explains to Counter Terror Business Magazine how to “expect the unexpected” and get proactive when it comes to cyber security.



Linklaters boosts parental leave by 10 weeks

Linklaters is increasing its parental leave allowance by 10 weeks, as part of a drive to modernise its policies and give both parents a sufficient amount of time to spend with their newborn. The firm is offering UK employees a total of 12 weeks paid parental leave from the start of January, which will be […]


Deloitte Legal targets startups with two-year legal tech scheme

Deloitte Legal has created a new programme to invest in the development of start-ups, the first output of the firm’s recently-assembled innovation team. The legal arm of the accountancy firm is ready to roll out Deloitte Legal Ventures, a central capability aimed at adopting tools of early-stage legal tech startups that will be used by […]

SDT adjourns Bakers hearing after week of questioning

The ongoing hearing into Baker McKenzie and how it handled a sexual misconduct investigation has been adjourned, after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal assessed the medical condition of one of the parties. It came to light last week that Martin Blackburn, the firm’s former HR director, fractured his hip following a fall. As a result, the […]

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