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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.

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You might not have expected the legal profession to lean to the left, but in this year’s US presidential election lawyers donated more than twice as much to Democrat – and incumbent – Barack Obama than to his Republican rival Mitt Romney. Perhaps it’s because lawyers recognised so much of themselves in Obama. After all, […]

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Work Life Quiz: Steven Martin, Antony Hodari & Co

What do you do at weekends? Spend time with my family, play golf, coach U9s rugby. What was your first-ever job? Labouring on a building site. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Doing a seat in conveyancing. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on […]

Dutch and go

Netherlands lawyers give new businesses a boost This is a difficult time to start a business, but over in the Netherlands one firm is doing its bit for entrepreneurs. Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma has launched what it is calling the HB Incubator Programme; a kind of legal Dragons’ Den designed to give associates a development […]

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