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Blowing hot and cold on the jurisdiction of an adjudicator

In the recent case of SKYMIST HOLDINGS LIMITED v GRANDLANE DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED [2018], the Technology and Construction Court (TCC), considered the principle of “approbation and reprobation” in “satellite litigation” over the jurisdiction of adjudicators. But is challenging the jurisdiction of an adjudicator worth the cost involved? We review the key points in the Skymist decision, and the TCC‘s […]

Is legislation pending on bankruptcy, pension plans and lenders?

Public consultations on enhancing retirement security led by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada closed in late 2018. Given the importance and complexity of the subject matter, the one-month consultation period offered by the government was curiously short. Given that 2019 is an election year, the quick completion of the process could […]

Apples to Oranges: how investigations differ from a litigation approach when implementing eDiscovery solutions

Competition matters, and investigations more generally, differ greatly in execution from the approach to eDiscovery taken in litigation.  Understanding the potential issues is paramount in developing an eDiscovery model that tackles the regulatory pressures faced by legal teams and their corporate clients. In the first article in this series we compare the different approaches and examine […]

The employment law 2019 horizon: Top 12 hot topics

Despite Brexit’s near monopoly of Parliamentary and legislative draftsmen’s time, the Government did find time to publish its ‘Good Work Plan’ in December. The plans set out are more a tweak of employment laws over the next two years rather than a major reform. Nevertheless, it does offer some real improvements aimed at protecting more vulnerable workers. […]

Annual review of the 2018 patent cases

In January 2019, Gowling WLG’s co-head of global Intellectual Property (IP), Gordon Harris, delivered his much anticipated annual review of the year’s UK patent. Gordon gave his usual comprehensive review, backed by a thorough and extensive paper. Gordon commented that there was no lodestar this year, with the Supreme Court decision in Warner Lambert having fallen short of […]

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UK top 50 a ‘cash cow’ for PR agencies, claims new research

The legal profession is a cash cow for public relation (PR) agencies, with UK Top 50 spending £3m annually on external PR advice, new research today claims. The research, carried out by Legal News Service (LNS), shows that those firms that regularly instruct an external agency can spend up to up to more than £150,000 […]

SRA reappoints former Herbies partner Plant to chairman role

The SRA has extended the term of office of chair Charles Plant for a year, with the former Herbert Smith litigation partner now stepping down at the end of next year. Speculation had been rife over the future leadership of the SRA after the authority announced in May that its chief executive, Antony Townsend, was […]

DLA Piper to present Baltimore managing partner with ‘Most Admired CEO’ award

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