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Status of intellectual property offices in CEE

Due to the impact of COVID-19, several Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) have announced adapted guidelines and information on the current status of proceedings and deadlines.

SEOs declared invalid – key issues for employers in Ireland

The recent decision of the Irish High Court in National Electrical Contractors of Ireland v the Labour Court, the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation Ireland and the Attorney General (2019 No. 280 JR) will have a significant impact on employers and employees currently bound by Sectoral Employment Orders (SEO) in the electrical contracting, mechanical engineering, building and construction sectors.

Zuckerberg and the Facebook ad boycott how will it end

The #StopHateforProfit campaign was launched just over two weeks ago, on 17 June 2020, with a striking advert in the LA Times asserting that Facebook had “allowed incitement to violence against protestors fighting for racial justice in America.” The campaign urged advertisers to hit Facebook in their pockets and withdraw their advertising from the site in the month July. […]


Partner poaching firm settles

No terms of the settlement have been released, but Holleb & Coff is understood to have held onto some key clients. Last autumn, Holleb & Coff managing partner, Allen Lev reportedly accused Duane Morris, its chairman Sheldon Bonovitz and the departing partners of orchestrating a calculated plot to destabilise and destroy his firm. Holleb & […]

Kennedys captures Edward Lewis team

The team includes three partners – Jane Smith, Kate Whitefield and Kieron West – who will join the 45-partner firm on 31 January following the dissolution of Edward Lewis’ partnership. Kennedys says it is gaining “a substantial proportion” of the insurance litigation business of Edward Lewis, including key clients such as Zurich/Eagle Star, for whom […]

Criminal Silk joins Hardwicke Building

Upward, who specialises particularly in fraud cases, will lead the niche group of nearly 30 barristers, replacing former crime head, Zoe Smith who has been made a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Two other senior members of the crime group – Rory Field and Charles Briefel – have both gone on sabbatical: the […]

Linklaters breaks $1 trillion mark

The firm alone – excluding other firms in the alliance – acted on deals valued at $1,064 billion (?648.7 billion) including $735 billion of M&A, $216 billion of capital markets and banking deals and $105 billion of project finance. The decision to lump together the different types of work to help meet the trillion-dollar target […]

Finers Stephens Innocent in further expansion

Michael Lewis will head up Finers Stephens Innocent’s private client department, while Michael Kutner joins the property department, Alan Kaufman the family division, Peter Carter the corporate department and Howard Zetter the commercial litigation department. The five will join as partners on 31 January, along with six other fee earners. Finers’ managing partner, Richard Gerstein […]

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