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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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Monckton forces Euro Commission into £30m payout to UK workers

MONCKTON Chambers has scored a victory at Luxembourg’s Court of First Instance (CFI) that will see the European Commission pay out almost £30m in damages to UK workers. More than 100 contractors at Joint European Torus (Jet), the EU’s largest nuclear fusion research project, brought claims against the Commission under two linked cases, Eagle & […]

Takeover Panel gives lawyer a look-in

Some potentially heartening news has arrived from the Takeover Panel as far as lawyers are concerned: one of their own will be the panel’s director general in the new year. Or at least, he used to be a lawyer. Robert Hingley was at Coward Chance (predecessor to Clifford Chance) in the 1980s. He’s since progressed […]

Harneys bolsters Latin America practice

Offshore firm Harneys has hired Marco Martins as a senior associate to head its Latin America practice. Martins joins from Norton Rose, where he spent five years holding positions including client knowledge counsel and co-manager of knowledge management. Prior to that he was with Shearman & Sterling in both California and London. Development partner Peter […]

Room with accrue

On a related subject, there was some much-needed comic relief in what has become the tragic opera of Bloxham v Freshfields. The last day of the hearing saw the tribunal in a particularly demob happy mood. At one point there was much tortuous argument as to what exactly constituted a pension. Chairman Thomas Ryan asked […]

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