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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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Canadians pull out of Hong Kong

Canadian firm Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binningtons has been forced to close its Hong Kong operation after five years because it was unable to meet its growing commitments there. Partners Louise Pearson and Melissa Thomas have left the firm, with Thomas joining Hong Kong rival Freshfields, which is staffed by more than 50 lawyers. She […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 11/03/97

John Roger Davis, 45, admitted 1977, practising at material times as Davis & Co, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex, fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £2,314 costs. Also suspended pending compliance with order of Solicitors Complaints Bureau to pay £4,060 to a former client. Allegations substantiated that he failed to comply with decision of SCB. Tribunal said […]

David Fishwick on January's Supreme Court fees order.

David Fishwick is a partner at Blake Lapthorn. “Something for nothing,” should have been the title of a recent announcement by the Supreme Court Taxing Office. The Supreme Court fees (Amendment) order, which came into force on 15 January 1997, was greeted with surprise and dismay by the profession. Two of the more significant changes […]

HSSK software to be discontinued

Development of the High Street Starter Kit (HSSK) software – one of Law Society president Tony Girling’s flagship schemes – is to be discontinued because of a “clear loss of confidence” in the project. Law Society council members voted overwhelmingly last week to cut their losses and ditch the software, whose brief history was dogged […]

KPMG rules out growing law firm in favour of new alliance

Big six accountancy firm KPMG has all but ruled out growing its own law firm in favour of forging an alliance with an existing firm, according to senior partner Colin Sharman. Sharman, who last week took over as international chair of KPMG, told The Lawyer: “We have almost abandoned the strategy of building our own […]

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