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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. […]


Super set to launch in summer

A group of seven leading criminal barristers this morning (4 May) confirmed the establishment of a new ‘super set’ in Smithfield. As first revealed by The Lawyer (27 February 2006), Cloth Fair Chambers is being set up by five barristers from Hollis Whiteman Chambers, plus two other notable criminal silks. The seven founders include Julian […]

Women solicitors reach 40 per cent of the UK’s legal population

Women now make up more than 40 per cent of the solicitors’ profession, as the number of English and Welsh solicitors with practising certificates broke through the 100,000 barrier for the first time. The new figures were published by the Law Society in its annual statistical report. The total number of solicitors with practising certificates […]

Project Advocate sets out to provide legal assistance to children in Pakistani prisons

A former Simmons & Simmons lawyer is setting out to help vulnerable children in Pakistan and build up a network highlighting the value of pro bono work in the country. Mahnaz Malik, previously a litigation associate with Simmons in London, is coordinating the scheme with help from the Law Society. Named ‘Project Advocate’, the scheme […]

Deals comment

One of the longest-running PFI sagas finally reached its zenith last month with the financial close of the controversial £1bn St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London PFI redevelopment. Allen & Overy, led by projects partners John Scriven and David Lee (pictured), had been advising the Barts and London NHS Trusts throughout the six years of […]

Salans associate trio joins Paul Hastings corporate lawyer to create Romanian boutique

Three lawyers from Salans’ Romanian operation have quit to launch a new independent Romanian firm. Highly rated Romanian tax lawyer Gabriel Biris, corporate/competition lawyer Gelu Goran and real estate lawyer Victor Constantinescu were all associates at Salans. They will be joined by corporate lawyer Dan Visoiu, who quit Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker for a […]

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