18 January 2010

The Baltic triangle

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania may be viewed as one by outsiders, and indeed often act as one when it comes to business, but each brings something different to the table.

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Stonewall Equality Index reveals just four firms make gay-friendly grade

The publication last week of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) lobbying organisation Stonewall’s annual Workplace Equality Index (TheLawyer.com, 13 January 2010) reveals the progress made by a handful of law firms on promoting more equal workplaces for staff regardless of their ­sexuality.

Wire guard

Illegal downloading of copyrighted material is now being tackled by the Government with a new bill. Hamish Porter takes a look at what it contains

Latent patent

A viable Europe-wide patent system has caused legislators not a little consternation over the years. Benoît Strowel examines the history behind the concept.

CHSH votes in female duo as co-heads

Austrian firm Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati (CHSH) has elected a ­managing partner duo after Albert Birkner completed his three-and-a-half year tenure in the job.

Tulkinghorn: Odd-shaped balls

Did you know that Guy Beringer won two rugby blues at Cambridge? ­Really? You didn’t? Well, Tulkinghorn considers this a shocking lapse in your knowledge, whoever you are.

Winston introduces technology-based fee monitor

In last week’s column (11 January) we highlighted the moves being made by the Association of Corporate Counsel to improve the value for money its ­members receive from external law firms.

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