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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.


Coram Chambers tops bar diversity tables

Family set Coram Chambers is home to the highest proportion of female tenants and has also topped the Black Solicitors Network’s (BSN) league table for having the highest proportion of ethnic minority members. The BSN invited 180 sets to participate in the survey yet only 23 responded, all of which have more than 30 members. […]

China Watch – A foreign lawyer’s view from the inside

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to participate as a judge in a legal English contest conducted by the Sinopec law department. On the surface, this was part training exercise and part game show, but there was a deeper objective, which became apparent quite quickly. Other judges included Allen & Overy Hong Kong […]


Finers and Howard Kennedy draw up new merger timetable

The delayed merger between London firms Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) and Howard Kennedy will now go live on 1 February. Delays in the process have seen the original ambitious date of 1 November pass without any official announcement. FSI managing partner Paul Millett said the members’ agreement has been finalised this week and is being […]


DLA Piper and Kingsley Napley advise as Coulson and Brooks face charges

DLA Piper and Kingsley Napley have been instructed again as Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks face criminal conspiracy charges over illegal payments to officials. The two senior News International figures were charged this morning with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. The Sun chief reporter John Kay and former News of the World […]

Government’s planned judicial review revamp ‘misses the point’

Government plans to overhaul the judicial review process to boost growth and unburden clogged-up courts have “missed the point”, according to public law lawyers. Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech to the Confederation of British Industry this morning, outlining how the Coalition plans to cut the three-month time limit for applications to prevent tactical […]

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