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Geographical indications of origin in Serbia

By Dragomir Kojić, Partner and Tamara Bubalo, Associate Geographical indication of origin, this very peculiar form of industrial property protection, has undergone a revival phase over the past few years, thus becoming more omnipresent not only within the circles of interest, but also amongst the Serbian public at large…

Online but divorced from reality

By Philippa Dolan No one denies that simplifying the divorce process to make it easier, faster, cheaper and more understandable is a laudable aim. Much has been made of the billion pounds that is apparently being invested in an overall reform programme to ‘modernise the courts and tribunal service’, part of which is being spent […]

EMI Options: Approval granted

By Ben Watson As mentioned in our previous update, the tax reliefs associated with Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) options are technically a form of state aid and therefore require approval from the EU Commission.  Two days before the deadline of 7 April 2018, HMRC announced that the UK had failed to renew its EU state aid […]

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Shoosmiths advises Softbox on investment by Great Point Partners

Shoosmiths’ Adam Dowdney has advised the shareholders of Softbox Systems — a manufacturer and distributor of temperature-controlled packaging systems to the pharmaceutical industry — on the strategic majority investment by US private equity firm Great Point Partners. Dowdney led a team of corporate specialists comprising fellow partner Lynn Knight, banking partner Linda Williams, corporate assistant Kiran Virk and paralegal […]

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A busy summer in the City for DLA Piper

The start of August is usually prime time for the City’s dealmakers to ditch their files for flip flops. But this year it seems that there are more than enough deals to keep lawyers holed up in their offices over the summer months. One big chunk of that action comes courtesy of emerging markets, which […]

In-housers focus on customer service

Leeds-based technology distributor Premier Farnell’s general counsel Steven Webb expresses concern over some firms’ commitment to customer service inc this week’s in-house interview. As legal chief at a business with millions of customers in 150 countries, he knows what he’s talking about. Webb says the occasional project, expanding into China for example, will render him […]

Chelvan and Brownhill from No5 Chambers speak at Public Law Project Conference

Two of No5 Chambers’ human rights barristers — S Chelvan and Ian Brownhill — recently spoke at the Public Law Project Conference in Manchester. The Hon Mr Justice Stewart, Queen’s Bench Administrative Court liaison judge for the northern and eastern circuits, opened the event and a number of eminent speakers addressed a packed audience of […]

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