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Semi-conductor shortage hits carmakers: Have you had your chips?

A lack of computer chips is reportedly continuing to disrupt the production of new cars.  According to recent media reports, Toyota has shut down production lines in China, Fiat Chrysler has temporarily stopped production at plants in Ontario and Mexico, and Ford has said that it is idling production in the US and Germany because […]

Covid and the justice system

For the last year it has been the NHS and schools which have taken the headlines of the pandemic – and quite rightly so, these are the brave souls who are dealing with this mess head on. However the justice system has had little attention paid to it until very recently. A number of recent […]

BREXIT: GOVERNING LAW, JURISDICTION AND ENFORCING JUDGMENTS

Relatively easy cross border enforcement of court judgments has been a quiet success of the EU. Now that we have the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement we are able to report on how governing law, jurisdiction and enforcement of court judgments works post-Brexit between the UK and EU. Although hailed (by both sides) as a […]

UK SUPREME COURT RULES ON COVID-19 BUSINESS INTERRUPTION CLAIMS

The much anticipated decision of the UK Supreme Court in a test case addressing insurance coverage issues arising in connection COVID-19 business interruption (“BI”) claims was handed down on January 15, 2021 in FCA v. Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd., [2021] UKSC 1.  The ruling favoured insureds, with the Supreme Court unanimously dismissing appeals brought by insurers and allowing […]

THE NEW RULES OF CANADIAN PATENT LITIGATION: FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL AFFIRMS THE VIABILITY OF SUMMARY JUDGMENTS IN PATENT ACTIONS, UPHOLDS INTERPRETATION OF FILE WRAPPER ESTOPPEL

On January 20, 2021, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in CanMar Foods Ltd. v. TA Foods Ltd 2021 FCA 7. This precedent setting appeal stems from the underlying decision of Justice Manson which itself was recognized as the Canadian Patent Impact Case of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) Americas Awards 2020.  Gowling […]

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Bakergate: what the complainant has to say

The employee who claims she was the subject of an “unwelcome and unwanted” kiss from Baker McKenzie’s former London managing partner Gary Senior has said she felt “cast aside” by the firm when it carried out an investigation into the incident. On the second day of the mammoth hearing against the firm and three individuals, […]

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Bakergate: What we learnt on day one of the SDT hearing

An investigation carried out by Baker McKenzie after a complaint was made against its former City boss Gary Senior amounted to a “complete collective failure” the Solicitors Regulation Authority has claimed, in the first day of the firm’s disciplinary tribunal. Over the next fortnight, the case will be put against Bakers, as well as Senior, […]

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A&O set for leadership election as Ballheimer quits

Allen & Overy’s global managing partner Andrew Ballheimer is to step down from the position when his current term comes to an end next year. Ballheimer was appointed to the management role in May 2016 after a stint as the firm’s global co-head of corporate from 2010 to 2016, also acting as head of City […]

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Pinsents hires from HMRC to boost tax fraud group

Pinsent Masons has hired from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to bolster its litigation and tax teams, bringing in the former head of the department’s offshore corporate and wealth enforcement team, Andrew Sackey. This is Pinsents’ second lateral in three months, building on the arrival of Fieldfisher’s Nicole Jadeja in life sciences back in September. […]

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