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Jason Raeburn, Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings lands IP hire from Bakers

Paul Hastings has hired its latest London partner from Baker McKenzie, expanding its intellectual property team. Jason Raeburn joins the ranks of the firm after 12 years at Baker McKenzie. He specialises in intellectual property disputes relating to software development and licensing, cloud, and AI-related implementations. Raeburn also has experience intechnology litigation and product counseling […]

Linklaters

Linklaters lands IP hire from Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has lost a third partner this year to the magic circle, this time in intellectual property. Paul Joseph joins Linklaters’ global IP practice where he will be based in London. He joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2020 as partner and before that he was at RPC for over 10 years. He started […]

London

Squires hires first UK head of data protection

Squire Patton Boggs has recruited its first UK head of data protection, information law and cyber security in a bid to grow out the practice. David Naylor joins the firm from Wiggin, where he served as the head of its data protection, information law and cybersecurity practice and was former co-head of its technology practice. […]

Keily Blair

Orrick partner takes new strategy role at OnlyFans

An Orrick partner in London is leaving the firm to join social media platform OnlyFans as its chief strategy and operations officer. Keily Blair is making the move to Orrick’s client OnlyFans, a content subscription service launched in 2016 that enables account holders to monetise their posts. It became marred in controversy last year over […]

Hong Kong

Jones Day partner joins PwC’s Hong Kong firm

PwC’s affiliated Hong Kong law firm has expanded its IP practice with the hire of a long-serving partner from Jones Day. Tiang & Partners, part of PwC Legal’s global network, has appointed Chiang Ling Li as a partner to lead its IP practice. Li joins from Jones Day where she was a partner from 2008. […]

Analysis

Clifford Chance’s former tax head is having the time of his life

Dan Neidle is enjoying his new role as a gadfly “All communications sent to me will be held in strict confidence and only disclosed with your explicit permission”, reads the legal notice on Dan Neidle’s website Tax Policy Associates (TPA). “Unless you are threatening to sue me for libel, in which case absolutely no duty […]

“We press a button daily to let everyone know we’re safe” – CMS Ukraine managing partner on how it feels to be uprooted during war

Every day, employees of CMS’ Kyiv office receive a phone alert urging them to press a button to let the rest of the displaced office know they are safe.  With operational hubs in Budapest and Western Ukraine, the office has faced unquestionable challenges as it continuously works to monitor the safety of all 65 staff […]

Matthew Kelsall, Clydes

Clydes needed BLM more than you think

“I acted for a client 20-odd years ago that went from 50 firms on its panel to 12, and we thought that was absolutely revolutionary,” says BLM’s legacy senior partner Matthew Harrington. “Now clients are looking at panel sizes, certainly in the general insurance market, of two to three firms.” And that, in a nutshell, […]

Warsaw Poland

A postcard from Warsaw: Big-ticket deals, but worries for the future

On a June day in 2022, The Lawyer visited several of Warsaw’s top international firms to see how this apparently thriving market is holding up four months after the launch of a war on its neighbour, Ukraine. What impact has the dramatic events of the past few months had on the city, its legal services […]

High Court

Chambers face comms shake-up to avoid contempt of court

Chambers across the Inns are considering how to publicise judgments after the Master of the Rolls, Mr Justice Vos, warned embargo-breaks could see sets being held in contempt of court. The Lawyer understands that many are actively tightening up their internal and external communication policies following a stern warning from Mr Justice Vos back in […]

‘Even pariahs have rights’

When the Conservative MP Bob Seely told the House of Commons that the legal system had become “corrupted” by “amoral” lawyers acting for Russian oligarch clients, it was not surprising that the President of the Law Society launched a robust defence of the profession: “It’s the job of solicitors to represent their clients, whoever they […]

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How law firms react to death

Earlier this year, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s London office faced an unexpected and upsetting tragedy: the sudden death of one of its junior lawyers. In reaction to the associate’s passing, whom The Lawyer has chosen not to name, the US firm quickly introduced in-person counselling plus further remote follow-up sessions with an external chartered […]

Featured Briefings

Brexit’s implications for automotive intellectual property

By Gordon Harris If a deal is reached ahead of Brexit, the indications are that a transition period would preserve the status quo for intellectual property (IP) until the end of 2020. This article explores the implications of a no deal Brexit, for IP regimes supporting the UK automotive sector. It explains what would not be […]

Amendment to Czech Copyright Act – the effect on businesses

…One of the main purposes of the new legislative framework is to implement Directive 2014/26/EU on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market. The amendment also responds to some practical issues in relation to the licensing of copyrighted works, and […]

Can Brexit UK remain in the UP and UPC system?

An Opinion, by English barristers Richard Gordon QC and Tom Pascoe, has been published considering the effect of Brexit (i.e. departure from the EU) upon the Unitary Patent (UP) Regulation and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. Can the UK remain involved in the UP and UPC system? In summary, it was concluded that, upon Brexit, the […]