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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.

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Goodwin Procter has advised private equity group Advent International on its latest fund, which has raised €8.5bn (£6.8bn) in one of the largest buyout fundraisings post-financial crisis. Advent International GPE VII, which began gathering funds in March, is being spoken of as the biggest buyout fund raised since September 2008. The Boston-based buyout group turned […]

Kennedys gears up to recommend Scottish merger to partners

Insurance firm Kennedys is in early-stage tie-up talks with Scotland’s Simpson & Marwick and is preparing to put the prospect of a merger to its partners. A merger would give Kennedys its first foothold in Scotland. Simpson & Marwick, which focuses on insurance and personal injury work, has offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh […]

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High Court dismisses claim against Evening Standard as “attempt at extortion”

Mr Justice Tugendhat has slammed a claimant who attempted to sue London Evening Standard journalist Andrew Gilligan calling the case an “attempt at extortion”. Throwing out the claim the High Court judge said the dispute, alleging breach of confidence, or misuse of private information, was a “breach of process”. Claimant Peter Abbey instructed lawyers at […]

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