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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.



Garrigues promotes 15 to equity as turnover drops by 5 per cent

Spanish firm Garrigues has made up 15 equity partners as revenue figures for the financial year 2011-12 showed a dip of 5 per cent. The promotions, which were approved at a partners’ meeting yesterday, follow the decision last year to make up 152 of its partners to full-equity status. The latest promotions bring Garrigues’ total […]

Latham and Skadden: Star Wars acquisition advise on they do

Latham & Watkins and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken advisory roles on Walt Disney’s $4.05bn (£2.5bn) acquisition of Star Wars maker Lucasfilm. The deal, paid for in a mixture of cash and shares, gives Disney the rights to the world-famous film series, with the US movie giant now unveiling plans to bring […]


Post-merger Pinsents retains lead at top of AIM rankings

Pinsent Masons has extended its lead at the top of the rankings of law firms by number of AIM-listed clients, bringing its client count close to 50. The firm now has 49 AIM clients, up on 46 in July, when data provider Morningstar last published its quarterly rankings. Memery Crystal, the usual leader until Pinsents […]

Abuse of process: The interplay between arbitration and litigation

The Commercial Court has struck out a claim as an abuse of process, because the central issues had previously been decided against the claimant in an arbitration. Not a surprising move, perhaps: except that in Michael Wilson & Partners Limited (MWP) v Sinclair and others the successful defendants werenotparties to the previous arbitration (see judgment […]

Paul Murray

DAC Beachcroft signs three-way Chilean merger

DAC Beachcroft and Chilean firms Seguros Lex and Amunategui y Cia are to join forces to create DAC Beachcroft Chile from today (1 November 2012). The move will make DAC Beachcroft the first European-based law firm to have a presence in the country. It comes almost a year to the day since Beachcroft merged with […]

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