Macfarlanes sees jump in profits, revenue after dip in 2023

UK firm also sees improvement in PEP as transactional and litigation practices perform well

AI in advertising for luxury brands: the risks and rewards

With an eye on the UK market, Freeths’ Simon Barker and Chris Musgrave explain how to make the most of AI in advertising while managing possible IP pitfalls

UK Intellectual Property Office launches standard essential patent hub

Resource aims to help businesses tackle the complex licensing landscape of SEPs

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A&O Shearman expands leveraged finance team with partner hire from Barclays

Filippo Crosara joins A&O Shearman’s debt finance practice in London

Who won Luxury Law Awards 2024 – and why

The top brands, law firms, legal teams and individuals honoured at Luxury Law Summit London

Lawyers celebrate 2024 South Asian Heritage Month

This year's event marks launch of South Asian Litigators Forum

UK appeals court restores status quo when assessing patentability of AI inventions

Previous decision had upended UK’s longstanding approach to assessing patentability

Post Office legal head takes ‘leave of absence’ amid Horizon IT probe

Ben Foat ‘temporarily’ steps back from duties, This Is Money reported

Nominations now open for 2025 Women & Diversity in Law Awards

Awards recognise individuals, firms and other organisations advancing the DE&I agenda in the UK

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Law firms navigate Microsoft outage and emphasise need for tech resilience

Profession appears relatively unscathed as flawed software update causes global chaos

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Bird & Bird adds seven-lawyer finance team in Italy from Hogan Lovells

Hire follows Hogan Lovells hiring 23-lawyer finance and M&A team in Italy from Orrick

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Cooley’s London chief takes team to Akin

Justin Stock joins with two more partners to boost Akin’s tech transactions bench

Arbitration Bill back on UK legislative agenda, government confirms in King’s Speech

Legal practitioners welcome efforts to reform the Arbitration Act 1996, but rue missed opportunity to bring back Litigation Funding Bill

CILEX appoints new chair, president as regulatory change looms

Eileen Milner will become chair in January, while Yanthé Richardson has already taken up reins as president

UPC revokes Amgen patent in cholesterol drug battle with Sanofi and Regeneron

Pan-European patent court delivers first revocation judgment a year and a month after opening

Squire Patton Boggs debuts in Switzerland with Geneva office launch

Partner transfers from Singapore to lead office focused on shipping, trade and dispute resolution

Lady Chief Justice administers oath of office to first Muslim Lord Chancellor

London ceremony also marks first time a Lady Chief Justice has sworn in a female Lord Chancellor

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Hogan Lovells bolsters City bench with trio of private capital hires from US rivals

Transatlantic firm adds lawyers from K&L Gates, Ropes & Gray and Weil to help target global private capital market across full investment lifecycle