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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. […]

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Case of the week

Lord of The Dance star Michael Flatley has resolved a legal battle with the producers of Riverdance who sacked him four years ago after a row about star billing on posters, by accepting a payment of u42m. The famed Irish dancer, who hails from the US, originally sued the producers of Riverdance for u80m, claiming […]

It's been a bad week for…

Mishcon de Reya partner Anthony Julius, who has been pilloried in the press for attending only two meetings of the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial committee. Julius, Diana’s former solicitor, stands accused of missing six meetings. Mishcons came under fire at the time of the fund’s launch after charging it u1.9m legal fees. Bob Blizzard […]

A strategy which robs Peter to pay Paul

CMS Cameron McKenna is to be applauded for its plans to abolish the distinction between junior and senior equity partners. It is a courageous step by a firm which has hitherto been regarded as having an unremarkable approach to law firm management. Cameron McKenna risks losing high-profile senior equity partners because of the move. However, […]

This week

Insurance lawyers are attending an international reinsurance conference in Monte Carlo from Sunday until Thursday, called Le Rendez-Vous de Septembre and run by a commercial organisation of the same name. It is described by one insurance lawyer as “the yearly bunfight of insurers, insurance hangers-on and acolytes”.

Quote of the week

“I didn’t have to beat anyone off, they just liked us.” – Charles Russell corporate partner Simon Gilbert gives too much information on how corporate departments win work, while commenting on the completion of the biggest deal in his firm’s history.

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