By David Cullen The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has clarified the ambiguity which has surrounded the interpretation of Article 8 of the Community Design Regulation (EC) no 6/2002 (CDR); the provision which excludes from design protection those design features which are dictated solely by technical function. The ECJ’s decision in Doceram v CeramTec (C-395/16), a […]
By Kellie O’Flynn With the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in effect, one of the emerging considerations is whether its provisions – specifically Article 80 – open the door to ‘class action’ style privacy cases. Several European countries have already legislated for varying degrees of collective actions, particularly in the area of consumer protection, […]
By Owen O’Sullivan, Richard Breen, Lisa Carty One of the many implications of the new Data Protection Act 2018 is that pursuant to section 159 of the Act the rules of the courts (at all levels) have been changed to allow access to court records for bona fide members of the press or broadcast media. Although the media […]
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, published the Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018 on 2 August 2018 with the aim of significantly clarifying, strengthening and modernising the law relating to the reporting of deaths to coroners. The Bill, once enacted, will amend the Coroners Act 1962. The Bill allows for a wider scope of […]
By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…
Working together, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Food Standards Agency have issued a consultation on proposed changes to food allergen labelling in order to enable consumers to be provided with the information they need to make safe food choices.
The purpose of the CPTPP is to facilitate market access, investment opportunities and trade amongst the parties. Of interest from an immigration standpoint, the CPTPP contains new temporary immigration options for citizens of member countries. From a Canadian perspective, the immigration provisions are aimed at increasing opportunities to support economic growth for Canadians and Canadian […]
In Romania, authorities are yet to create the legal framework that would regulate the taxation of activities related to cryptocurrency. This legislative gap leaves plenty of room for tax avoidance, as even the most well-intentioned taxpayers lack the tools to understand what taxes they need to pay in relation to their cryptocurrency trading. What are […]
This article was originally published in Best Lawyers and has been republished with permission. Jaimie Lickers and Maxime Faille, attorneys specializing in Aboriginal Law at Gowling WLG in Canada, discuss the changing national attitude to Indigenous people’s history across the country and their firm’s significant cases in 2017 and 2018.
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Shearman & Sterling’s global turnover increased by 5 per cent over 2018, though the pace of growth has fallen behind some of Shearman’s US peers who have all reported double-digit gains this year. Turnover at Shearman rose to $955.5m in 2018, an increase of 4 per cent. This followed the addition of just $5m to […]
Addleshaw Goddard’s senior partner Charles Penney faces a challenge to his bid for another term, with another contender stepping forward to take on the role. Penney, who is seeking a second term in the top job, will run against contender Michael Leftley, who heads the employment, incentives & immigration group in London. Leftley has been […]
South-West pair Ashfords and Boyes Turner have backed away from a merger that would have created a firm with around £60m in turnover. The firms revealed last December that their tie-up would go live on May 1, trading under the name Ashfords. That firm was by far the bigger party, generating £42.2m in 2017/18. Yesterday […]
With the firm just weeks away from listing on the London Stock Exchange, DWF has revealed its borrowings increased by 43 per cent over 2017/18 to nearly £60m. According to its LLP accounts, DWF’s borrowings rose from £41.5m to £59.2m between April 2017 and April 2018. The figure is understood to be one of the largest […]
Charles Russell Speechlys is launching a new practice aimed at capturing the legal issues surrounding the art market on an international level. The practice, which will advise market players including dealers, collectors, gallery owners and artists themselves, will be spearheaded by partners Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo, who will join the firm in April from London-based […]
Reed Smith’s global revenue has risen for the second consecutive year, exceeding levels recorded in 2015 for the very first time. Despite the 5 per cent uptick, the firm’s revenue continues to be around the $1.1bn mark. Over 2018, Reed Smith’s turnover increased from $1.119bn to $1.175bn. This compares to Reed Smith’s financials four years ago […]