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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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Mears confident as campaigning ends

A confident Martin Mears stepped back into a high-profile role last week at the end of what must surely be the most acrimonious and controversial Law Society elections ever. Mears took to the Chancery Lane stage alongside the outgoing president, Tony Girling, to launch a client care booklet for solicitors, produced by the Office for […]

CWS fiasco partner quits Travers Smith

Travers Smith Braithwaite has accepted the resignation of Nigel Campion-Smith, the partner who was involved in the Co-operative Wholesale Society takeover debacle. Campion-Smith represented the City entrepreneur, Andrew Regan, in his abortive attempt to take over the CWS. In the process, Regan acquired confidential documents that subsequntly appeared to have been wrongfully obtained from the […]

Human rights and how to uphold them here

Lord Irvine seems unlikely to support a UK commission on human rights, but Alison Laferla finds the idea still has powerful supporters When the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, publicly confirmed the Government’s commitment to human rights recently, he was cagey on the issue of a human rights commission. A commission, he said, might be one […]

Hill Taylor insolvency team decamps to NGJ

City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones has poached four insolvency lawyers from Hill Taylor Dickinson. Paul Oughton, head of one of Hill Taylor’s two insolvency groups, is moving with his entire team – associate Tony Griffiths and assistants Lucy Edwards and Sally Rich – to NGJ’s insolvency group this month. The insolvency specialists were looking […]

E&Y in one-stop shop threat

Accountancy firm Ernst & Young is gearing up for the launch of a full-scale multidisciplinary legal practice in Canada pending a law society review of MDPs. Earlier this year three-partner Toronto law firm Donahue & Associates became linked to the firm in what is regarded as the first step towards Ernst &Young’s stated aim of […]

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