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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 […]

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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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Sport boutiques Couchman Harrington Associates (CHA) and Onside Law have finalised a deal that will see a new Twenty20 cricket tournament in England funded by Texas billionaire Sir Allen Stanford. The entrepreneur and financier, who flew into Lord’s cricket ground to announce the deal in a helicopter carrying West Indies cricketing legends Sir Vivian Richards, […]

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US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has appointed David Elder as a partner and head of the energy and global transactions practice. He joins from Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell and will be based in Houston. Move of the week Clifford Chance has recruited litigation and dispute resolution partner Reinhard Dammann to the […]

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