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Hackney Council wins £300K from Nike after IP infringement

Hackney Council has won £300,000 from sportswear giant Nike for copyright infringement after the company admitted misusing Hackney’s logo. Hackney legal head Meic Sullivan-Gould said the money would be spent on sports and leisure facilities and issued a rallying call to other councils, as first revealed on www.the (11 September). Sullivan-Gould said: “I’m delighted […]

Back to work with a vengeance

As we march into September the M&A market has bounced back to life after the traditional summer lull and is expected to be even busier than this time last year. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s Italian arm kicked off the autumn season by scoring a lead role on Italy’s banking mega-merger, advising Sanpaolo IMI on its E64bn […]

A&O, Addleshaws land roles on UK building society mega-merger

Addleshaw Goddard and Allen & Overy (A&O) have scooped roles on the UK’s largest-ever building society merger, with total asset values of more than £150bn and 13-million-plus members. The merger of Nationwide Building Society and smaller rival Portman Building Society is subject to approval by the Office of Fair Trading, Portman members and the Financial […]

How the West was fun

What would you do with six months’ full-paid gardening leave? Tulkinghorn would invest in a fine case of oak-aged scotch and spend one half-year sipping it. Not so IP partner Nicola Dagg, who was faced with the same question after leaving the Lovells partnership for Allen & Overy (A&O). She instead trained as a cowgirl […]

Rodger and out

Former Allen & Overy (A&O) PR supremo Iain Rodger really pulled out the stops for his umpteenth and final leaving do, taking the time-honoured strategy of treating his best-loved colleagues and contacts to a night at the pub next door. Dodge’s legacy will spread way beyond the walls of A&O, as proved by the vast […]

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