Q&A: Costs in litigation forecast for 2017

Practico managing director Andy Ellis and managing associate Deborah Burke shed light on the factors that will shape the legal costs industry in the coming year.

Posted: 24 January 2017 | Commentary

A vision, or venting?

US President Donald Trump used his first address in office to offer an 'America first' vision of world politics -- and in doing so, may have delivered his first official blow to the nation's 'brand', writes US trial lawyer Reuben Guttman.

Posted: 23 January 2017 | Global view

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Privacy, surveillance and the Digital Economy Bill

Ashfords commercial associate Christopher Coughlan maps out the thorny terrain for the United Kingdom's Digital Economy Bill in light of the recent CJEU judgement on the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014.

Posted: 17 January 2017 | Commentary

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What it means to think like a lawyer

Until 1967, it was a criminal offence for couples from different racial backgrounds to marry in the state of Virginia.

United States trial lawyer Reuben Guttman believes that challenging that which is considered 'common practice' in society has always been, and should always be, one of the ultimate callings of any lawyer.

Posted: 17 January 2017 | Commentary

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UK tax bill shows there's no need for a sugar rush

Bowmans lawyers Virusha Subban and Yonatan Sher analyse how the United Kingdom's draft 'Soft Drinks Industry Levy' may translate into similar legislation soon to be introduced in South Africa.

Posted: 06 January 2017 | Commentary

Infrastructure in Africa: procurement, planning and pricing

Why has the underdeveloped state of infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa not galvanised significant investment opportunities? Bowmans head of infrastructure Shamilah Grimwood explains.

Posted: 15 December 2016 | Global view

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A Tale of Two Icelands: Inside the dispute

Wedlake Bell head of IP and commercial Michael Gardner takes us through the frosty depths of the ongoing trademark dispute between frozen food giant Iceland Foods and Nordic island nation the Republic of Iceland.

Posted: 08 December 2016 | Commentary

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Brexit negotiations: Starting with the UPC Agreement

As Brexit looms, Ashfords head of patents Kaya Elkiner explores what the future may hold for the role of the Unified Patent Court in the UK.

Posted: 06 December 2016 | Commentary

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The growing arm of South Africa's CCMA

Does the South African Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration have jurisdiction to hear employment disputes involving South Africans that arise abroad? Potentially, writes Bowmans associate Nonkululeko Mkhwanazi.

Posted: 25 November 2016 | Global view


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