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Charity trustees legal and governance webinar update series

In recent years the Charity Commission has concentrated on its statutory objective to increase public trust and confidence in charities and many in the charity sector consider it has dwelt unduly on the negatives. However the Commission has four other objectives set out in the Charities Act 2011 and we now see more attention paid to promoting compliance by charity trustees with their legal obligations and the effective use of charitable resources.

Expedited trademark examination now available in Canada

On May 3, 2021, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced that it will begin accepting requests for expedited examination of trademark applications along with other new measures to reduce delays in examination.

Appealing civil judgments in Guernsey

This snapshot outlines the process and grounds upon which an appeal can be made in respect of a civil judgment by the Royal Court of Guernsey. It also mentions recent developments in appealing judgments of the Guernsey Court of Appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.



Franklin adds four-strong Paris competition team from Bird & Bird

French firm Franklin has hired a partner from Bird & Bird’s Paris office to develop a new competition and distribution practice. Julie Catala Marty joins Franklin to head up the team, alongside one associate and two trainees from Bird & Bird. Another associate is joining from Vogel & Vogel. Catala Marty was previously a partner […]

Shoosmiths wins award for advising Hitachi on £4.5bn rail deal

Shoosmiths has been recognised for its role advising train manufacturer Hitachi Rail in a multibillion-pound order for trains. IJGlobal (Infrastructure Journal and Project Finance magazine) presented the Intercity Express Programme with the Rail Deal of the Year award at its annual Europe and Africa awards ceremony on 19 February. IEP is a 30-year design, construction and […]


UK firms stand out in global legal services industry

Collective turnover at UK firms increased by 8.4 per cent to a record £30.6bn last year – accounting for 7 per cent of the $650bn (£419.6bn) global legal services fee revenue in 2013/14. A new report by TheCityUK, released at the Global Law Summit in London this morning (25 February) found that UK firms experienced […]

New York

Milbank revenue grows 7.8 per cent to $761m as London office grows to $103.7m

US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has posted revenue growth of 7.8 per cent to $761m (£490m) in 2014, while the firm’s London office posted a revenue boost of 14 per cent to $103.7m. Milbank’s London office contributed approximately 14 per cent to its global revenue, the firm’s year-end results show. Profit per partner increased […]

Shoosmiths advises Hewlett Packard on 68,000sq ft city letting

Shoosmiths has advised Hewlett Packard on a new lease of 68,000sq ft of Grade A office space in the City of London, at 1 Aldermanbury Square. Hewlett Packard is set to move into its new office accommodation, owned by EPIC UK, in November 2015, occupying the whole of 1 Aldermanbury Square on a 15-year lease. […]

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