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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.


Mukhtar Ablyazov

Battle lines

The ongoing battle between Kazakhstan-bank JSC BTA Bank and its former chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov could find its way to the Supreme Court after Ablyazov’s lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard said yesterday they would fight the court’s decision to debar him from the case. This has been a long and bitterly fought case and the substantive hearing […]

Mike Castle

Election fever

Following the US elections the Democrats hold a majority in the Senate while the Republicans have a majority in the House. Stalemates could continue, but there is also the chance for reform of the financial services industry, says Mike Castle Following the 6 November election in the US the Democratic party holds a narrow majority […]



Monte Carlo was the location for The Lawyer’s annual European Awards and Conference. Here are the highlights The awards As ever, this year’s European Awards demonstrated the diversity and quality of the Continent’s legal profession. Now in their fourth year, the awards attracted more than 150 entries from firms across Europe – from those with […]


Actavis GC to step down as US rival acquires company

The general counsel of Swiss generic drugmaker Actavis is to step down from the role as US rival Watson Pharmaceuticals acquires the company for €4.25bn (£3.4bn). Former Linklaters lawyer Roy Papatheodorou has been the general counsel for Actavis since 2010 and is expected to leave the combined pharmaceutical company, now the world’s third largest generic […]

Herbert Smith, Slaughters advise as Diageo buys majority stake in United Spirits

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Slaughter and May have landed roles on a deal that sees UK drinks company Diageo acquire a 53.4 per cent stake in India’s United Spirits. The deal, worth £1.28bn, sees the UK beverages company behind Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Smirnoff buy a majority stake in United Spirits from liquor baron […]

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