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Story-making, compliance, green finance – lessons from Hong Kong’s latest sustainability conference

By Kate Hodson The sustainability agenda is touching every element of industry and commerce, and demanding change at every level from individuals and households, to governments and global institutions. Real changes are taking shape at both ends of the spectrum – from individuals recycling more and shunning single-use plastic, to reform in the international flow […]

Energy & Natural Resources Digest: Ukraine. April 2019 in Review

By Olena Kuchynska, Viktoriia Pysmenna OIL & GAS: the PSA tender is announced for the new offshore block On 12 April 2019, the Ukrainian government adopted a decision to hold a public tender to enter into a 50-year production sharing agreement (“PSA”) for the development of the offshore hydrocarbon field known as “Dolphin”. The Dolphin […]

Use of trademarks on signboards in the GCC

By Vanessa Delnaud In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)[1] countries, all traders require a permit in order to be able to display any branding or name on billboards or stores’ signage. This is also true for a distributor/franchisee (“licensee”) opening a store under a licensed brand. They will need to obtain a permit to be […]

Paradigm shift: Recommended changes to Canadian copyright law announced

By James Green, Laurent Massam, Kevin Sartorio On May 15, 2019, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage released a report entitled Shifting Paradigms containing a set of 22 different and varied recommended amendments to Canada’s Copyright Act. The Committee’s report follows a study of remuneration models for artists and creative industries and the challenges and […]

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Muck flies in design rights appeal

A dispute over unregistered design rights in the Court of Appeal has broken new ground in intellectual property law. The machine at the centre of the dispute is a slurry separator, designed to displace the dung heap and the muck-spreader from the English rural landscape. In March 1997, Farmers Build, which marketed the separator, claimed […]

Cleaning up on money laundering

John Rhodes, Macfarlanes Brian Spiro, Simons Muirhead & Burton Clare Montgomery QC, 3 Raymond Buildings City lawyers who were caught napping over the latest developments in the battle against international tax evasion, could find themselves inadvertently heading for jail. The UK’s money laundering regulations – and the tough reporting duties they impose on professional advisers […]

Judging a book by its cover

SEAN Brierley (City Lawyer last week) is right to remind us that a colourful new brand is no substitute for a good reputation grounded on giving a great service to existing clients. Any firms that have forgotten this are in real trouble. Similarly, over-obsessiveness about mentions in the legal press is an ailment that affects […]

University challenger

RETIRED North London local government solicitor Lance Haward, 62, knows no fear – not even when confronted by Jeremy Paxman. His replies came so fast during last week’s episode of University Challenge, that a flabbergasted Paxman tripped over his words, spluttering “Blimey!” Haward says the thrill of quiz shows is “gladiatorial” and has already notched […]

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