Where a court finds a wrongful arrest, it is often due to inadequate grounds for belief in its necessity. However, a brief judgment in Smith v Police Service for Northern Ireland NIQB 39 is a demonstration of where there is a lack of reasonable suspicion that the person arrested has, themselves, committed the offence. Also of interest […]
The Extinction Rebellion protests are a forceful reminder, if any were needed, of how our planet is rapidly becoming more polluted with potentially worrying consequences for all who live on it. Clean air is one of the most basic requirements of a healthy environment for us all to live, work, and bring up families. As […]
Every police officer knows they must have a reasonable suspicion that a person has committed an offence in order to arrest them. But that is only half of what is required. The second element is that they must have a reasonable belief in the necessity for the person’s arrest. The recent decision of Commissioner of the […]
Background Mrs Rushton lived a long and happy life. In her youth she worked as a nurse, married a man who adored her, and together with her husband raised four sons. After her husband passed away, “the sweetness went out of her life”, and Mrs Rushton began to display the early signs of dementia. On […]
In Catt v United Kingdom  ECHR 76, the European Court departed from and disagreed with the Supreme Court, holding that the police’s collection and retention of data of a peaceful protestor was an unlawful interference with article 8 of the Convention. Mr Catt was a 94-year-old man from Brighton; a peaceful protestor who regularly attended public demonstrations since […]
By Gunther Leissler, Alexander Legat “Lootboxing” and gambling – a fiercely discussed combination. With the increasing penetration rate of Lootboxen the question becomes more and more in the focus whether Lootboxen have similarities with the gambling and thus regulate belongs. Especially the game design could let Lootboxen appear as a gambling game. A case for the gambling law […]
By Manuel Ritt-Huemer, Zurab Simonishvili Overview of the new cooperative demerger law Since 1.1.2019 the Genossenschaftssplaltungsgesetz (GenSpaltG) is in force. As a result, in addition to the existing possibility of merging under the Cooperative Merger Law (GenVG), cooperatives can also transfer parts of their assets by division through universal succession. This article presents the course of the […]
By Ursula Rath Market snapshot Recent activity How would you describe the general state of equity capital markets in your jurisdiction, including notable recent activity and deals? Austrian equity capital markets activity was somewhat subdued in 2017 and 2018, with only one successful initial public offering (IPO) on the Vienna Stock Exchange (VSE) in 2017 […]
By Guido Kucsko Since the last edition of the Special Edition MSchG, five amendments have brought comprehensive changes in trademark law, the highlights: • The 2019 trademark reform, among other things, amends the opposition and cancellation proceedings and, for the first time, allows the registration of multimedia brands. • With the amendment to the MSchG […]
By Justin Savage In this article we address how the landscape for the structuring of offshore investment funds established in the Cayman Islands is changing—and how this change is being driven by the evolving relationship between investors and investment fund managers and, in particular, how the balance of power has in many cases shifted from […]
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Recent years have seen a tremendous shift in almost all aspects of the UK legal services sector, but few have been more tangible than the transformation of senior marketing roles. What was once seen, somewhat disparagingly, as a ‘back office’ position is now taking its place shoulder to shoulder with the leading firms’ most senior rainmakers.
Law firms are finally waking up to the fact that marketing makes money. Not all, however, have quite yet cottoned on to precisely how. Most firms now recognise that as they and their clients grapple with the realities of digital transformation, the specialists leading this thinking are unlikely to be lawyers.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has made all of its paralegals in London redundant, after an analysis of work patterns and demand for their services. The US firm confirmed to The Lawyer that it will no longer recruit paralegals in London, having made three paralegals redundant. A spokesperson said: “We confirm that we have made […]
Osborne Clarke has made up eight new partners in the UK, including one who completed the process during her maternity leave and two that work on a part-time basis. The firm’s new cohort means Osborne Clarke now boasts a partnership of more than 260 for the first time in the firm’s history with a handful […]
US firms have extended their share of the London legal market, The Lawyer can reveal, with more than ever featuring in the exclusive ranking of the 50 largest US and UK-headquartered firms in the City. This is a rise of one firm on last year’s ranking, which was introduced for the first time in the […]