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Status of intellectual property offices in CEE

Due to the impact of COVID-19, several Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) have announced adapted guidelines and information on the current status of proceedings and deadlines.

SEOs declared invalid – key issues for employers in Ireland

The recent decision of the Irish High Court in National Electrical Contractors of Ireland v the Labour Court, the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation Ireland and the Attorney General (2019 No. 280 JR) will have a significant impact on employers and employees currently bound by Sectoral Employment Orders (SEO) in the electrical contracting, mechanical engineering, building and construction sectors.

Zuckerberg and the Facebook ad boycott how will it end

The #StopHateforProfit campaign was launched just over two weeks ago, on 17 June 2020, with a striking advert in the LA Times asserting that Facebook had “allowed incitement to violence against protestors fighting for racial justice in America.” The campaign urged advertisers to hit Facebook in their pockets and withdraw their advertising from the site in the month July. […]


Bad Company

White collar crime may not be victimless, but it can be faceless. Steven Francis and Neil Gerrard investigate


It’s that time of year again. The first rays of sunshine… shop windows laden with chocolate temptation… and the silks list is out.As lists go, it was the equivalent of a six foot-high Easter egg, with nearly 50 per cent more QCs being created than in last year’s list.Over the last couple of years there […]

Howrey bags EC cartel ace for Brussels drive

Howrey Simon Arnold & White has taken on Julian Joshua, the former head of the European Commission (EC) cartels unit, for its new Brussels office. Joshua, who joins as a partner from the Brussels office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, is central to Howrey’s plans for a long-awaited Brussels opening.Howrey’s first Brussels hire was Trevor […]

CC's Italian furore takes a twist as Chessa opts to remain with firm

Clifford Chance’s wranglings with its Italian partners took another turn last week when it emerged that senior banking partner Luigi Chessa has been persuaded to stay with the magic circle firm.Chessa is understood to be a likely frontrunner for the new managing partner role, which Clifford Chance wants to introduce in Italy.However, Italian senior partner […]

Martineaus handles universities’ merger

Martineau Johnson has bagged the role of adviser on a rare university merger. The firm will advise the University of North London and London Guildhall University on their upcoming merger. A four-partner team led by head of education Nicola Hart is advising on the merger, which should be completed by 1 August. Rachel Woolf and […]

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