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Digital assets: Call for Evidence and Draft Legislation

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The Law Commission is today launching a call for evidence to inform their project on private international law in the context of digital assets and electronic trade documents. We are separately seeking views on draft legislation following our report on digital assets in June 2023. Digital assets and ETDs in private international law In our call for evidence, we aim to gain a better understanding of the most challenging and prevalent issues that digitisation, the internet, and distributed ledger technologies pose for private international law. When parties to a private law dispute are based in different countries, or the facts […]

5 Things You Need to Know about Pet Custody and Divorce

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You don’t have to tell me. I know how much you love and care about your dog. Divorce is beyond difficult, and when you add in pet custody, it can get a lot more complicated, painful and emotional. That said, have conversations about pet custody are a must. They are so important because the outcome of who keeps the dog affects parents, kids and of course, the dog.   I have written these five tips to keep the process of discussing pet custody both peaceful and productive to help facilitate a resolution that is the best one for your beloved […]

Homeownership after Divorce: An Introductory Guide

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Embarking on the path to homeownership after divorce is a transformative journey- one that holds both challenges and empowerment. With 24 years of real estate and development expertise and personal experience overcoming divorce, I am here to provide compassionate insights and practical advice to help you embrace independence, build confidence, and open a new chapter in your life through the purchase of your own new home and/or selling the family home.   First, you must acknowledge your emotions. Facing divorce is emotionally challenging. Recognize the mix of emotions, fear, uncertainty, and excitement all coming together while you work through the […]

I’m a boss – please ban me from out-of-hours emails and calls, and save me from myself | André Spice…

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I have a secret that I need to own up to: sometimes I’m a bad boss. After spending a couple of decades studying management and leadership, during the last couple of years I have been leading a large business school in London. When I took on the role, I wanted to try to bring an evidence-based approach to my leadership position, and initially I used the relevant science to guide my actions. Over time, however, I found myself falling into bad habits that I knew were a no-no, according to the research. One of these was contacting my co-workers out […]

The Hottest Startups in London

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The Workforce Is Failing Women. Business Leaders Can Stop It

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Failure to stamp out rogue lawyers ‘starting to look ridiculous’, says LSB chief

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The outgoing head of the profession’s umbrella regulator has declared that failure to root out systemic misconduct is starting to undermine public confidence in lawyers. Matthew Hill, who stands down as the chief executive of the Legal Services Board next month, said the sector has to be ‘more honest with ourselves’ about the extent of poor behaviour. It was no longer helpful to simply regard examples of this as a ‘few bad apples’. Citing the role of lawyers in the Post Office scandal, the drafting of inappropriate NDAs and issuing of SLAPPS, Hill said there had to be an acceptance […]

Nanoco receives final $71.75m tranche from Samsung litigation

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Nanoco has received the $71.75m second and final tranche of litigation proceeds from Korean electronics giant Samsung after settling a long running legal dispute last year. The Cheshire tech firm confirmed the receipt in a trading update to the LSE, and also confirmed that, as previously announced, a sum in the range of £33.0-40.0m will be returned to shareholders with the retained proceeds to be invested in commercial opportunities and further expanding R&D. Elsewhere in the update, Nanoco said that it had: Delivered the last of four important strategic milestones set by the Board in 2022. In November 2023, Nanoco […]

Finding Happiness After Divorce isn’t a Possibility, it’s a PROBABILITY

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 Ask any newly separated man or woman if he or she thinks finding happiness after divorce is possible, and the answer you get will involve a grim outlook. “Who knows?” they will might say with their head down, their eyes possibly filling with tears. “I haven’t thought that far ahead. I’m just thinking about how to survive RIGHT NOW.” My opinion is, finding happiness after divorce is not a possibility, but rather a PROBABILITY, and I can say that because of the dozens of divorced women and men I have seen go from sad, weary, scared, frustrated, angry and depressed to […]

Vivo and Nokia sign 5G patent cross-licensing agreement which ends all litigation

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Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia and Chinese smartphone vendor Vivo have signed a multi-year 5G patent license agreement. The agreement resolves all pending patent litigation between the parties in all jurisdictions. Under the agreement, Vivo will make royalty payments to Nokia, along with catch-up payments to cover the dispute period. This is the sixth major smartphone patent license agreement Nokia has signed in recent times, The company has now almost completed its smartphone license renewal cycle. The terms of the agreement remain confidential as agreed between the parties. Both companies officially confirmed the global patent cross-licensing agreement. Background Nokia and Vivo have […]