13 October 2016

Lessons from the U.S. election - when an old story causes new trouble

The 2016 U.S. presidential election has been like no other. Donald Trump has been embroiled in a series of controversies each of which might have been expected to derail other campaigns. Most of these have arisen from things Trump has said or done during the course of the campaign. But the latest, and most serious, relates to a private conversation that took place in 2005.

29 September 2016

14 negotiation hacks to close deals faster and cheaper

Most commercial lawyers like a good contract negotiation. It gets us out of the office and doing what we do best.

After a while though, when the novelty wears off, ongoing negotiations can often become frustrating, bad tempered and, crucially, way too expensive.

So if ‘getting to yes’ quickly, effectively and efficiently is more your thing than debating the hypothetical nuances of convoluted legal drafting, each of these fourteen hacks could serve you well.

21 September 2016

Outsourcing - innovation, risk and opportunity

“Innovate or die”. We’ve all heard it, nobody seems to know who first coined it, but everyone understands it. Our businesses must constantly be better, cheaper and faster or inevitably, we’ll be overtaken by our competitors (à la Kodak, Blockbuster, and the entire motor industry if it doesn’t keep up with Google and Über). 

12 July 2016

My nine-year-old lawyer

You’re sitting in the vast reception of an expensive, upmarket law firm, sipping your perfect cappuccino and scanning your email (again), when you look up to find yourself literally eye-to-eye with a smiley four and a half feet tall nine-year-old girl in a surprisingly tailored business suit. She politely introduces herself as Zoë, and she's your lawyer.

Do you buy it, or do you beat a hasty retreat to the exit?

28 June 2016

After Brexit: Part 2 - what next for IP and data protection?

We are now post referendum and, barring minor miracles, Brexit seems inevitable. But while the exact status of the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the EU is yet to be determined, a consensus is emerging about the impact on intellectual property and data protection law.

27 June 2016

After Brexit – what next for employment law?

Vast numbers of column inches have already been devoted to the recent vote in favour of the UK leaving the European Union. Many of these column inches have focused on the political and economic fallout from the vote. At some stage, however, the gnashing of teeth has to stop and the practical consequences have to be considered. 

26 May 2016

Chelsea's Mourinho trade marks - a special brand

As a dedicated follower of both football and IP, I was intrigued by yesterday's reports that a deal between Man United and Mourinho was being held up over "image rights" owned by Chelsea.

This merited further investigation. It turns out that Chelsea have an extensive portfolio of some 175 live trade marks. These include FERNANDO TORRES and TORRES (but not COSTA or HAZARD), ABRAMOVICH, CHELSKI, and ANCELOTTI (but not HIDDINK).