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Louboutin sees red – in a good way

By Gary Assim The European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave its judgment on the question of whether the Louboutin trademark for its red sole could be invalidated because it consisted exclusively of the shape of the sole and was not a colour mark. The ECJ, in a rare move, ruled against the previous Opinion of […]

Interrogatories – questions and answers time

Both legal practitioners and the general public alike are very much aware that litigation can be a time consuming and costly exercise, particularly in light of the lengthy delays for the hearing of trials and the subsequent length of time many trials run for. One particular tool favoured by the courts as a way to […]

No novation is not ideal

In M Hart Construction Ltd & Anor v Ideal Response Group Ltd [2018] the court refused to enforce two adjudicators’ decisions on the basis that there was no contract between the parties. There had not been an effective novation from an original contracting party.  The adjudicators therefore did not have jurisdiction to determine the disputes. Another […]

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City trio finalises Kent schools building deal

Lovells, Nabarro and Ashurst have closed the £600m Kent Building Schools for the Future ­programme (BSF) – the largest BSF project to date. Lovells, led by infrastructure and project finance partner Adrian Walker, advised longstanding client and lead sponsor Land Securities Trillium (LST). LST is working in partnership with Kent County Council, advised by Nabarro […]

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Hammonds begins lay-off talks with minimum 20 staff

Hammonds has entered redundancy consultations with at least 20 staff. Hammonds has entered redundancy consultations with at least 20 staff. The redundancies are expected across the corporate and real estate departments in all of the firm’s offices. Hammonds’ managing partner, Peter Crossley (pictured) said: “Unfortunately, difficult market conditions have made it necessary for us to […]

UK mediators help clear Indian backlog

The Indian government has called on UK mediators as it attempts to clear a backlog of 29 million disputes that are clogging up its court system. It is expected that the move will allow UK lawyers to join India’s International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), taking India’s legal sector a step closer to liberalisation. […]

Pinsents, LG buck trend by winning Aim clients

Pinsent Masons and LG have boosted their Aim practices despite the turmoil engulfing the financial markets. Pinsents kept its place as the top law firm for total number of Aim clients and added two more companies to its roster in spite of a sharp decline in flotations. It now represents 61 Aim-listed companies. LG added […]

Former Cravath partner White rejoins from the SEC

Former Cravath Swaine & Moore corporate partner John White is to return to the firm next year after a two-year stint at the Securities and Exchange Commission. White is currently the SEC’s director of the division of corporation finance. He first joined Cravath in 1975 and became a partner in 1980. Cravath presiding partner Evan […]

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