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Charity trustees legal and governance webinar update series

In recent years the Charity Commission has concentrated on its statutory objective to increase public trust and confidence in charities and many in the charity sector consider it has dwelt unduly on the negatives. However the Commission has four other objectives set out in the Charities Act 2011 and we now see more attention paid to promoting compliance by charity trustees with their legal obligations and the effective use of charitable resources.

Expedited trademark examination now available in Canada

On May 3, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced that it will begin accepting requests for expedited examination of trademark applications along with other new measures to reduce delays in examination.

Appealing civil judgments in Guernsey

This snapshot outlines the process and grounds upon which an appeal can be made in respect of a civil judgment by the Royal Court of Guernsey. It also mentions recent developments in appealing judgments of the Guernsey Court of Appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.


11KBW, Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills lead way on London Living Wage

The legal profession is leading the way in paying the London Living Wage, with 11KBW, Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills among almost 100 accredited companies. The Living Wage Foundation (LWF) has published a list of the organisations which have adopted the scheme, which also includes Olswang, Mishcon de Reya, Lewis Silkin, Bates Wells & […]


Lord McAlpine instructs One Brick Court and RMPI over ‘defamatory’ claims

A City personal injury firm is advising Lord McAlpine in relation to “wholly false and seriously defamatory” internet rumours linking him to a North Wales child sex abuse case. Andrew Reid of RMPI – formerly Reid Minty – has been instructed by Lord McAlpine and has turned to One Brick Court libel silk Sir Edward […]

SJ Berwin

SJ Berwin pushes for tie-up with Asia-Pacific’s King & Wood Mallesons

SJ Berwin has held talks with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) over a transformational tie-up with the Asia-Pacific giant. The UK firm is pushing to pursue a combination with the Chinese and Australian firm, which comes after KWM global managing partner Stuart Fuller confirmed to The Lawyer earlier this year that the firm had held […]

Freshfields client Apple ordered to pay Samsung’s UK legal fees

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled that Apple must pay Samsung’s legal fees on an indemnity basis after a ruling by lead judge Sir Robin Jacob found that Apple’s attempts to publicly apologise to Samsung were ‘misleading’ and ‘lackadaisical’. Apple was forced to post the apology on its UK website after a High Court […]


Is SJ Berwin feeling lucky?

King & Wood Mallesons’ plan to spread across the world like some kind of Sino-Australian juggernaut show no signs of abating. Following earlier reports that global managing partner Stuart Fuller had cryptically commented that his firm was talking to either Nixon Peabody or SJ Berwin about a tie-up, The Lawyer today reveals that SJ Berwin’s […]

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