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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.


Mayer Brown takes Ashurst partner to head real estate in Europe

Mayer Brown has hired longstanding Ashurst partner Martin Wright to fill the new position of European real estate head. A spokesperson for the firm said that Wright, who will take up the position in January 2013, is not replacing anyone at Mayer Brown as he has been hired specifically to drive forward the firm’s European […]

General Medical Council

Irwin Mitchell, RJW, Thompsons on standby for breast cancer clin neg case

Irwin Mitchell, Russell, Jones & Walker and Thompsons are among a group of nine firms pursuing claims against a doctor who has been suspended by the General Medical Council after he allegedly performed “unnecessary or inappropriate” breast cancer operations on more than 1,000 women. Doctor Ian Paterson is being pursued by more than 400 claimants, […]

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 […]

Rachel Dineley

Judgment Call: 12 November 2012

Walton v Scottish Ministers [2012] UKSC 44. Lord Hope JSC (deputy president); Lord Kerr, JSC; Lord Dyson JSC; Lord Reed JSC; Lord Carnwath JSC. Environment 17 October 2012 Where Scottish ministers took responsibility for the construction of a city bypass and revised the scheme to include an extra link of road, that revision was a […]

Dawn of the super-set?

39 Essex Street/4-5 Gray’s Inn link-up could be a sign of things to come It is difficult to pinpoint what triggered talks between London sets 4-5 Gray’s Inn Chambers and 39 Essex Street Chambers, but the result will be the creation of London’s largest civil set. We can’t call this one a merger because, technically, […]

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