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Russian patents: Rospatent fee-based extradited examination

By Maria Aronikova On October 5 2017 the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) officially announced that expedited examination will be available for all applications. Rospatent had abrogated its former expedited examination practice in 2012. Since then, patent law has allowed accelerated examination through the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) system…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

3D printing – planning law, policy and procedures

It was recently reported that a family in Nantes, France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D­ printed house. The four­-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper. In our Planning 2020 white paper, we approached 100 senior decision makers working in the […]

Clarity on Russian cryptocurrency and crowdfunding

By Meldir Erbulekova and Yulia Yarnykh From Russian rapper Basta launching his own cryptocurrency in December 2017 to top businesses exploring initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other alternative funding models, the Russian market is investing rapidly in blockchain technology and fintech…

How to empower teams to deliver successful projects

A guide on how enterprise collaboration platforms can take the pain out of project management and encourage teamwork How do you currently manage your projects? Do you struggle with keeping track of what stage different parts of the project are at? Is it hard to communicate with everyone in your project team at once? This […]

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THE LAW Society has come up with a plan for a self-financing legal aid fund which it believes meets the Government’s objections to the Bar Council’s proposals for a Contingency Legal Aid Fund. The proposals are to be unveiled by the Law Society this Tuesday and have already been submitted to the Lord Chancellor, Lord […]

L&G halves Lawrence Graham property work

Lawrence Graham will lose almost half the lucrative property work it does for Legal & General’s life fund with the insurer’s appointment of Berwin Leighton, revealed by The Lawyer two weeks ago. Lawrence Graham has advised Legal & General since it helped found the company in 1836 and until now has handled the work relating […]

Haarmanns opens Milan office

GERMAN firm Haarmann, Hemmelrath & Partner is set to become only the second German firm to enter the Italian legal market when it opens a Milan office early next year. Haarmanns, which had a formal association with Taylor Joynson Garrett until recently and still maintains some loose links with the UK firm, also opened a […]

Chambers takes on IR in bid to win tax breaks

A CHAMBERS which has set up its own limited company to run its administration is attempting to convince the Inland Revenue that it is entitled to significant tax breaks. According to 10-11 Gray’s Inn Square, if the chambers wins its argument with tax officials it will reap huge tax rewards as well as serving as […]

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