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Litigants in Person – Questions should clarify, not lead

By Rachel Elgar The recent case of Global Corporate Ltd v Hale [1] has yet again demonstrated some of the difficulties that can be encountered by the courts and represented parties when dealing with litigants in person (LiPs). We have written previously in some detail about the rising number of LiPs and the fact that case law confirms […]

Licensing news England and Wales: December 2018

By Piers Warne This month in summary Government begins consultation on licensing Airside alcohol Top Licensing Tip: keeping festivities fun Pubs are failing to properly monitor gambling machines, Gambling Commission reports Gambling Commission publishes new report on children and gambling trends

Clean energy investment: An introduction to private equity

By Nick Rains In our previous article we provided an overview of the clean energy sector for those investors who wanted to learn more about the potential investment opportunities. In this edition of the Clean Energy Investment series we turn our attention to private equity, and the opportunities this provides to developers of renewable energy projects.

EU Commission clarifies categories of food supplement additives

By Aude Mahy, Aleksandra Sanak The European Commission has recently amended the Union list of additives authorised for use in food supplements. These products were categorized by their form of supply: solid, liquid and syrup-type or chewable. The latter category often led to interpretation issues. Following the discussions with Member States, the Commission decided to […]

HighQ launches AI survey, aiming to sift through the hype

When it comes to artificial intelligence in the legal industry, the number of platform options are soaring with almost 70 companies focused on creating AI-enabled legal technology solutions, according to a LawGeex report. It’s also clear that firms and other businesses will want to evaluate and invest in multiple AI platforms to solve different problems, […]

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Garretts goes east

Commercial firm Garrett & Co has opened a new office in Cambridge, with Gerry Fitzsimons, former head of the company/commercial department at Taylor Vinters in Cambridge, as managing partner. “The Garrett & Co office in Cambridge gives East Anglian businesses access on their own doorsteps to all the resources of our national partnership,” said Fitzsimons. […]

Help on IT strategy

The Lawyer ninth annual Information Systems for Lawyers conference and exhibition is a two-day event focusing on getting the best out of IT and how to plan IT strategies. Richard Susskind, special advisor to Masons on information technology, will give the keynote address. Seminar topics include organising IT departments and intranets. Information Systems for Lawyers […]

US firm mounts TV adverts campaign in bid to improve attitudes to the profession

New York firm Jacoby & Meyers has launched a television advertising campaign to tackle the cynicism most Americans exhibit towards the legal profession. The firm has employed advertising company Mad Dogs & Englishmen to produce a series of television and billboard adverts which will portray lawyers as “people like me”. The firm, which was the […]

In brief: Patent Office trims fees by 21 per cent

The Patent Office has cut fees for patent examinations from £130 to £70. The cuts, effective from this year, will see the administrative costs of obtaining a UK patent drop 21 per cent, from £285 to £225. Efficiencies in the Patent Office’s operation have been credited for the fee cuts.

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