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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.


Dentons: the resurrection

The long-running merger discussions between SNR Denton and Salans have taken a dramatic new step, with The Lawyeryesterday exclusively revealing the duo’s three-way tie-up with Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC). And it’s a deal with more curiosities and surprises than an episode of Surprise Surprise. Most startling is the name the combined firm is […]


Linklaters heads to CoA on Commerzbank bonus fight

Matrix Chambers’ Tom Linden QC will tomorrow (6 November) attempt to persuade the Court of Appeal (CoA) to give Germany’s Commerzbank permission to appeal the bankers’ bonus case it lost earlier this year. Linklaters managing associate Jillian Naylor has instructed Linden for the CoA oral hearing after the bank was refused permission to appeal on […]

President Obama, Nigel Knowles

DLA’s Knowles: Obama will achieve a great deal in second term

DLA Piper’s co-chief executive Sir Nigel Knowles has spoken of his hope that Barack Obama will use his second term to build consensus among the American people. Democratic candidate – and incumbent – Obama won the presidential race early this morning UK time, winning 303 electoral votes to Republican rival Mitt Romney’s 206. Having met […]


Eversheds joins bidding war for Yorkshire Water mandate

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Eversheds are battling it out for a mandate from Yorkshire Water. BLP is in talks with Yorkshire Water about striking a possible deal involving its Managed Legal Services (MLS) business, which effectively allows companies to outsource their legal functions to the firm at a lower cost, while Eversheds is also […]


Osborne Clarke and FFW: it just might work?

There is more to FFW’s corporate practice than prominent client BBC Worldwide to make it an attractive partner for Osborne Clarke. A deal could create a serious mid-market contender It would be going a bit too far to say that Osborne Clarke’s attempts to merge with Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) are all about one client, […]

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