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Louboutin sees red – in a good way

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 […]

Interrogatories – questions and answers time

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 […]

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Perfecting the pitch

How badly do law firms want to win work? Well, insurance practice Weightmans, for one, admits to using professional actors as “extras” when it pitches for business. National law firm Bevan Ashford is so keen to perfect its presentation skills when pitching for in-house work that it is considering hiring professional actors to coach its […]

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Eversheds is acting for Kingston upon Hull City Council on the £141.5m flotation of its telecommunications business operated by Kingston Communications (Hull), advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Linklaters & Alliance is acting for Deutsche Bank AG London and Robert Fleming & Co, joint global co-ordinators and joint sponsors for the offer. Corporate finance partners Rob […]

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Freshfields and Linklaters & Alliance are battling to finalise Lloyds TSB’s #7bn acquisition of Scottish Widows. The sale of the Edinburgh-based life assurer, advised by Freshfields, to Lloyds TSB, represented by Linklaters, will create the second largest life, pensions and unit trust provider in the UK. But although the sale has been agreed, Scottish Widows’ […]

Give reorganised CPS a chance

The profession should get behind the CPS following its shake-up, says the Attorney General, John Morris QC. Last month I announced the Government’s final response to the report by Sir Iain Glidewell on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Although much work remains to be done on implementation, this is a key moment of transition, and […]

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