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Status of intellectual property offices in CEE

Due to the impact of COVID-19, several Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) have announced adapted guidelines and information on the current status of proceedings and deadlines.

SEOs declared invalid – key issues for employers in Ireland

The recent decision of the Irish High Court in National Electrical Contractors of Ireland v the Labour Court, the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation Ireland and the Attorney General (2019 No. 280 JR) will have a significant impact on employers and employees currently bound by Sectoral Employment Orders (SEO) in the electrical contracting, mechanical engineering, building and construction sectors.

Zuckerberg and the Facebook ad boycott how will it end

The #StopHateforProfit campaign was launched just over two weeks ago, on 17 June 2020, with a striking advert in the LA Times asserting that Facebook had “allowed incitement to violence against protestors fighting for racial justice in America.” The campaign urged advertisers to hit Facebook in their pockets and withdraw their advertising from the site in the month July. […]


Thistle down

Apart from four standout performances, a tough year for Scottish firms was characterised by a static market.  Collective revenues across the top 20 Scottish firms rose by just 2 per cent in 2010-11, from £497.8m to £506.6m, with the firms in the top and ­bottom spots on the leaderboard holding on to their positions. Edinburgh-headquartered McGrigors was the largest […]

Taylor: move is to save money, but it makes sense anyway

PPF to pilot panel-sharing scheme with 12 regulators

Cost-cutting measures see PPF’s legal roster touted to Government watchdogs for same fees The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is embarking on the first major shake-up of its legal advisers since it was set up under the Pensions Act 2004. Those making the grade will potentially be made available to 12 regulatory bodies under the Government’s […]

Court out

The modernisation of the Belarus economy could see commercial lawyers no longer being able to represent clients in court. Dale McEwan asks: is this just par for the course for an up-to-date legal system?  The legal profession in Belarus is facing a draft law that could see the representation of clients in courts – […]

Charles Russell injects performance incentive

Charles Russell has introduced a bonus for equity partners for the first time in a bid to shake up partner performance. The firm has modified its lockstep, giving it the ­facility to reward partners on a ­performance-related basis by up to 30 per cent of remuneration. The bonus will be allocated by an elected four-partner […]


Fancy dinner at Le Manoir?

Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is pretty fancy we hear. And guess what? We can offer one of our readers the chance to take one of their loved ones there for a slap-up dinner absolutely free of charge. Just imagine tucking into some grilled Cornish mackerel with apple, soy, honey and ginger followed by […]

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