6 May 2013

Law à la Mode: Special Edition — INTA 2013

This special edition of Law à la Mode from DLA Piper’s fashion, retail and design group has been released to mark the 135th INTA Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. In this special edition, the law firm focuses on a number of topical issues for brand owners. Topics covered IP protection for store layouts Staying away […]


In it to win it

Firms shortlisted for The Lawyer Awards upped their game in a grim market, with imagination and hard work the watchwords Each year The Lawyer’s editorial team sifts through the hundreds of entries we receive for the annual The Lawyer Awards in association with Travelers. For weeks, the identities of those lucky enough to make it […]

Richard Vary

Nokia Global head of litigation: Phone ranger

Leading a tiny team at the raging heart of the great 21st century patent war is… tremendous fun, says Nokia litigation boss Richard Vary When Richard Vary arrived at Nokia in 2006 from Linklaters the company was the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, selling more than 500 million worldwide. Apple, meanwhile, was but a […]

Cat Griffiths index

A shortlist of the highest calibre ever

This week we unveil the grand shortlist for The Lawyer Awards 2013. As usual, we were swamped with entries – this year we had more than 450 – and as usual, we read every single one and were stunned at the high standard. What is clear from the submissions is that in-house lawyers are clearly […]


IT malfunction

Operational functions are returning in-house in what could be a sea change Osborne Clarke’s (OC) server failed on the first day after its IT team’s return from outsourcer Integreon, but this was one small drop in an ocean twice the size of the Atlantic. Not only is the firm “excited about welcoming back familiar faces”, […]


Game of lockstep and ladders

Senior Ashurst staff have good reasons to want integration roles Taking an integration role has almost become to Ashurst what spending more time with one’s family was to Margaret Thatcher’s government. First, ex-senior partner Geoffrey Green moved back to London after five years in Hong Kong as Asia head, stepping down as an equity partner […]

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Partner promotions drop

Partner promotions in the UK drop in top 20 firms to levels lower than 2009 UK partner promotions among the top 20 firms have dropped to 2009 levels in what could be a sign that 2012/13 financial results will be flat at best. The top 20 firms collectively made up 111 partners in the UK […]

Clare Renton index

When the lovers’ knot unravels

France is to allow gay marriage, but unlike England, its courts are not prepared if the union ends in divorce On 23 April, the French Parliament voted ‘Oui’ by a decisive majority to allow gay couples to wed. The decision ushers in a new era for the mainly Catholic country, after furious controversy. It follows […]


Can new Act clean up libel law?

New Defamation Act’s demand that claimants prove serious damage first could end the gravy train of McLibels The Defamation Act 2013 will not rid the libel law of England and Wales of all of its many abuses. For example, the big problem of costs is only indirectly addressed. However, the new statute will make it […]

Paul Smith index

Joining the dots of the dotted line

Contracting parties that don’t take advice on which law governs their agreement are asking for trouble Contracting parties have long had the freedom to choose which country’s laws will govern their relationship. However, in a case in the Court of Appeal (CoA) last month it was made clear that a party seeking to rely on […]

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