COVID-19: UPDATE ON MASKING PROTOCOL FOR COURTHOUSES
Further to the July 3, 2020, update regarding masking in courthouses, the All Courts Recovery Committee is now strongly recommending that non-medical masks be worn at all times in courtrooms, except when an individual is speaking.   This recommendation follows the recent update from the P...
Editor - 29 November 2020 Canada
The interplay of drug design and patents
The development of novel or blockbuster drug compounds invariably requires an initial search to determine whether target compounds have already been synthesized and are protected by a patent.  Several companies have developed interesting computational software suites that allow for these searc...
Bernard Dippenaar - 27 November 2020
Access to Justice Week 2020: Impacts of the Pandemic
Ontario’s The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) presents the fifth Access to Justice Week (A2J Week) from October 26 to 30. A series of awareness-building programs, held virtually, will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on legal professions, the justice sector, public legal education, me...
Editor - 24 November 2020 Canada
Virtual Witnessing Key Change Advocated for by Ontario Bar Association
Everyone needs a properly drafted and executed will. And now, residents across Ontario have the ability to have their wills and powers of attorney prepared and witnessed virtually and safely. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and communities went into lockdown, trusts and estates lawyers had to fin...
Editor - 24 November 2020 Canada
Survival guide for marketing managers, applicable to legal marketing (1)
The LinkedIn team has published a guide to help marketing managers survive in the new landscape generated by the pandemic crisis. In this sense, this guide can be very useful for those involved in legal marketing.  From this guide, we would like to highlight the first chapter of this guide, wh...
William Brown - 21 November 2020
REAL ESTATE MUTUAL FUND. Renaissance in Owning Realty
The real estate sector is one of the most globally recognised sectors. In India, real estate is the second largest employer after agriculture and is slated to grow at 30 percent over the next decade. The Indian real estate market is expected to touch US$ 180 billion by 2020. The housing sector alon...
Prashanth Ram - 20 November 2020
What happens to the Spanish residence of British citizens post brexit?
Following the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union and, just a few weeks before the end of the transition period agreed until December 31, 2020 for the effective withdrawal, many of its citizens, both residents and non-residents in Spain, are left with doubts about their future in our ...
Judith Ribo - 20 November 2020
The selling of legal services
  Previous note: the source of this article is the book Legal Marketing: from a competent law firm to a competitive one, published by Difusión Jurídica & ISDE Law & Business School.   Sales make the world go around. Sales are what drive the economy and the leading ...
Francesc Domínguez - 17 November 2020
How the legal market has been strengthened in the Baltic region
A large law firm is emerging in the market of the Baltic region with the merger of the law firms Walless (law firm from Lithuania), Derling Primus (from Estonia) and Primus Derling (from Latvia).  These three firms will unite all their lawyers under the name of WALLESS Baltic, which will becom...
Adelie Cordier - 13 November 2020
Looking after employees and their mental health during COVID-19
COVID-19 has turned a significant percentage of office workers into "remote workers" almost overnight. Many studies have shown the positive impact of home working but that may not be the reality here, in the face of an urgent crisis, where home working is applied wholesale to people who have not wor...
Andrew Litchfield, Amber Strickland - 12 November 2020
How Deloitte provided travel for medical professionals in California by donating Southwest Airlines ticket balances
Deloitte is the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals, and one of the “Big Four” accounting organizations. In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, the firm donates unused ticket balances on Southwest Airlines to Californian health w...
Editor - 10 November 2020 United States of America
Lawyers in California focus on Privacy Law
California Lawyers Association (“CLA”) has announced the lunch of its new formation: the new Privacy Law Section. This section will focus on thought leadership around the legal, regulatory, and business issues involving privacy in the digital age. CLA’s Privacy Law Section will pro...
Editor - 16 October 2020 United States of America
Uncollected Cargo
Shipping moves International Trade and the Global Economy. Apart from raw commodities and bulk cargo, most of the cargo are moved in Shipping Containers. Container Shipment avoids manual handling of the cargo at each stage of the shipment and it has revolutionized Shipping. The Containers are either...
Philip Teoh - 30 September 2020
A new award in defence of equality and justice
Increasingly, law firms are concerned with improving standards of equality and justice in society. In particular, the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) announced the creation of an award to honour those who have fought for justice and equality in the face of racism. This award is not limited ...
Editor - 30 September 2020 United States of America
Are the CLOs really influential within the firms?
The figure of the Chief Legal Officer (CLO) of a company is increasing in number and presence in the firms. The Association of Corporate Counsel has published a survey of 1007 respondents from 20 sectors in 47 countries.  This survey summarises the main circumstances of CLOs today: 1- The inf...
Editor - 29 September 2020
What you must know about the Singapore Convention on Mediation
The Singapore Convention on Mediation has entered into force since 12 September 2020. This convention will concern the viability of a multitude of commercial contracts as well as helping to further globalise world economies.  We now set out the most relevant features of this convention:  ...
Editor - 15 September 2020 Singapore
More than 50% of in-house lawyers are confident of keeping their jobs during the pandemic
According to a survey made by The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), 50.9% of the in-house lawyers were “not at all” concerned about losing their job. 26.1% reported being only “a little” concerned. 16.9% are actively looking for new employment. Moreover, 76.5 percent of...
Editor - 05 September 2020
Californa Lawyers Association creates a free online Q&A portal to help people affected by the pandemic
California Lawyers Association (CLA) and Legal Access Alameda announced a new partnership hosting a free online question and answer portal through the American Bar Association’s Free Legal Answers (FLA) platform. This platform will offer pro bono legal services to Northern Californians affecte...
Editor - 01 September 2020 United States of America
Protecting your brand in South Africa with the help of Customs
Most brand owners go through the process of registering their trademark to obtain proof that they own the brand and importantly to stop others from using it without permission.  The protection of your brand can also take place through copyright, however, it is always recommended to apply for t...
Jadon Wolmarans - 26 August 2020
Statute of limitation under Iranian law
Under Iranian civil law, in principle, there exists no statute of limitation for bringing a claim to the court of law or arbitration. This procedure is in consistence with the directive of Iran Guardian Council of the Constitution, dated February 16, 1983, in which it ruled that imposing a limitatio...
Oveis Rezvanian - 26 August 2020 Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Practicing Law During Coronavirus
COVID-19 has caused a worldwide health pandemic of the sort that has not been experienced in over a century. As of this July, close to 15 million people have tested positive and over 600,000 deaths have been attributed to the virus worldwide. The danger posed by the virus caused entire countries aro...
Jeff Lieser - 25 August 2020
Baker McKenzie informs about the implications of COVID-19 for the future of Dispute Resolution
The outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in economic instability and uncertainty, which is likely to result in a growing number of disputes. International law firm Baker McKenzie provides the firm´s view on the types of disputes that will arise from the COVID-19 crisis o...
Editor - 19 August 2020
The Current Regulatory Framework for Whistleblowing
Over the years, relevant secrets have been revealed by employees of international companies. Disclosure of business secrets is an action that is protected by law but each country has its own regulation.  Rebecca Atkinson in her article "Global Whistleblowing - getting it right" explains the re...
Editor - 18 August 2020
“Add To Cart” - Doing business in a Covid-19 World. Business considerations
Establishing your business online helps you reach a larger audience and expand your brand beyond the scope possible through traditional brick and mortar sales channels. Part 1 assisted with legal considerations to bear in mind when starting to lay down the foundation of your online presence. Part 2 ...
Anola Naidoo - 17 August 2020
Wills Made on Video Calls Will Soon Be Possible - But Beware the Pitfalls
In the midst of a pandemic like the one we are experiencing, many people are rethinking their legacy and trying to make a will to avoid further problems. The confinement, the disease, the restrictions on mobility. All these events make this process more and more complicated, so video calls are becom...
Fiona Lawrence - 15 August 2020
Commercial Disputes in the Context of Iran Arbitration Laws
In Iran arbitration laws, there are two positions that the term “commercial disputes” is employed: - First, Article 2(1) Iran Law on International Commercial Arbitration (LICA); and  - Second, the Law on Adhesion of the Islamic Republic of Iran to New York Convention (Law on NYC)....
Oveis Rezvanian, Kamyar S. Oladi - 10 August 2020 Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Beirut Port Tragedy : Law relating to Dangerous Goods - The IMDG Code
The tragedy at Beirut on 5 August 2020 highlights what happens when dangerous chemicals are not stored with care. The explosion, tore through the city and, registering a force as strong as a 3.3 magnitude earthquake. Residents claimed that the scenes looked “like an apocalypse,” and that...
Philip Teoh - 06 August 2020
Notable changes to the COVID-19 Guaranteed Loan Scheme for distressed businesses
High on the agenda of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s supplementary budget speech on Wednesday 24 June was the need to support the economy as it gradually reopens as well as to get businesses moving again. Notably, Mboweni announced amendments to the COVID-19 guaranteed loan scheme that was in...
Jeff Buckland, Mahashini Govender, Kate Foster - 29 July 2020 South Africa
Successful webinar broadcasted by The Impact Lawyers: "Personalizing Innovation for Lawyers Today"
The Impact Lawyers broadcasted last Thursday a webinar presented by Lucy Bassli on the following topic: "Personalizing Innovation for Lawyers Today". You can watch the entire video here: Lucy addressed this interesting topic for 45 minutes. This webinar was attended by hundreds of lawyers from diff...
Editor - 27 July 2020
New report published by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility published on July 15 a guidance that covers lawyers’ conduct related to harassment and discrimination. ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 493 outlines how ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) addresses a...
Editor - 26 July 2020
Jones Day has been included again as a leading international arbitration firm by Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 30
Jones Day has been recognized as one of the Worlds leading firms for international arbitration in the 2020 edition of the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) 30. The American law firm was included in this ranking for fifth consecutive year. Gar has noted that clients appreciate the work of Jones Day fo...
Editor - 25 July 2020
Lawcare announces a new chair to its board of trustees
LawCare, legal mental health charity, has announced the appointing of a new chair to its board of trustees. In this sense, Andrew Caplen replaces chair Bronwen Still as of this month. Andrew is a Solicitor, Notary Public and a former President of the Law Society of England and Wales (2014/2015), Ch...
Editor - 24 July 2020
Public Consultation launched on the future approach for the European Union´s Arctic policy
A public consultation on the way forward for the European Union´s Arctic policy was launched on the 20th of July by the European Commission and the European External Action Service, enabling the reflection about it in face of new challenges and opportunities, for example the ambitions of the E...
Editor - 23 July 2020
Cuatrecasas counsels Partners Group on 2020´s largest transaction in Portugal´s agro-industrial sector
On the 18th of July 2020, Cuatrecasas announced that they have counselled The Partners Group on the acquisition of Rovensa, with an enterprise value of around 1 billion euros, making it the largest transaction of the year in the agro-industrial sector in Portugal.  The deal was closed at a dif...
Editor - 20 July 2020 Portugal
New Cybersecurity Review Measures approved by the Chinese Government
The Government of the People's Republic of China has approved new cybersecurity measures for enterprises in China. These new measures for reviewing China's cybersecurity will come into effect on 1 June 2020. One of the fundamental principles of China's cybersecurity law is that the purchase of netw...
Editor - 19 July 2020 China
Silvia Hodges Silverstein: "The involvement of procurement changes the nature of the firm/client relationship"
Silvia Hodges Silverstein, Chief Executive Officer at Buying Legal Council, an international trade organization for professionals, responds to The Impact Lawyers´ questions about Buying Legal Council. What is the main purpose of Buying Legal Council?  The Buying Legal Council is the int...
Álvaro Navarro - 17 July 2020
Interview with Andrew Arruda, CEO/Cofounder of ROSS Intelligence: "The facts and the law are on our side" (Part II)
A day after Thomson Reuters and two other Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against ROSS Intelligence, its CEO, Andrew Arruda, posted a statement on his Medium website. In this publication Arruda denies the allegations made by the Plaintiffs and answers the questions posed by THE IMPACT LAWYERS via em...
Álvaro Navarro - 03 July 2020 United States of America
How British government is trying to recover the normality of its courts and tribunals?
The UK government has announced that it will take steps to ensure that COVID-19 protection measures are in place within the judicial facilities of courts and tribunals throughout the country.  The UK Minister of Justice has assured that they will work to install all the facilities necessary to...
Editor - 02 July 2020 United Kingdom
How Thomson Reuters sued Ross Intelligence for theft of Propriety Data from Westlaw (Part I)
The US company Thomson Reuters, together with Centre GMBH and West Publishing Corporation, has filed a lawsuit against Ross Intelligence Inc. claiming that it has stolen and copied legal content stored on Westlaw, Thomson Reuters' legal search engine. Within the complaint (attached), filed on 6 May...
Álvaro Navarro - 01 July 2020 United States of America
Key elements of the EU White Paper on Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developing fast, and gaining more and more importance in our daily lives. It is already changing our lifestyle in some ways, and will do so even more in the future. Even though AI in general is only at its inception phase, it already has an increasing impact in some f...
Christine Fuessel - 01 July 2020
No compensation when a flight is cancelled due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak has hit the air carriers particularly hard due to the containment measures of the public authorities, such as travel restrictions, lockdowns, and quarantine zones. The EU Commission has, therefore, issued an interpretative guideline to help with the interpretation of regulation...
Johanne Hansted, Ulla Fabricius, Anders Worsøe - 26 June 2020
Latham & Watkins launches Virtual Experience Program to test and train your legal skills
The recognized firm Latham & Watkins has launched a virtual program where attorneys and legal practitioners could gain experience working on simulated legal tasks. This program has been developed by InsideSherpa. This initiative was developed without the COVID-19 crisis in mind. This Virtual Ex...
Editor - 25 June 2020
ECIJA lands in Brazil and Ecuador, consolidating its position as the largest Spanish firm in Latin America
With this move, ECIJA has now 119 members and over 600 professionals, with a presence in 15 countries and 26 offices Just five months after its entry in Mexico, ECIJA continues its ambitious expansion strategy in Latin America, now with the integration of the Brazilian firm CTA and the Ecuadorian f...
Editor - 24 June 2020
Coronavirus – is it force majeure?
Generally, force majeure is defined as an external and unexpected event which cannot be averted, and which prevent a contracting party from fulfilling its contractual obligations. The question is whether the coronavirus is force majeure – and what it means to the world of transport?  WHA...
Christian Schaap, Ulla Fabricius - 19 June 2020 Denmark
Special measures of the Mexican government with respect to COVID-19
Although different industry chambers and organizations have been requesting different incentives from the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit and from the Mexican Tax Administration Service (jointly referred to as the "Tax Authority") in light of the challenges posted by the COVID-19 pande...
Juan Carlos Vallés-Zavala, Luis Carbajo - 18 June 2020 Mexico
International law firm Cleary Gottlieb has been named 2020 IFLR Americas Law Firm of the Year once again
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a renowned white shoe law firm that is headquartered in New York City, USA. The international law firm has offices in a great number of countries all around the world, including various locations in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East...
Editor - 18 June 2020
Law of the Sea disputes now in Singapore
Since last week Law of the Sea disputes can be heard in Singapore regarding the agreement signed by Singapore's Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam and President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) Paik Jin-Hyun. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea h...
Editor - 18 June 2020 Singapore
Lex Machina explains how COVID-19 pandemic has affected US federal district litigation through a new App
The renowned company Lex Machina has launched a new COVID-19 Impact Analyzer App (called "COVID App") on Tuesday to provide lawyers with analysis and information to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected judicial activity in the federal districts of the United States.  Specifically,...
Álvaro Navarro - 17 June 2020 United States of America
UnitedLex acquires Paul Hastings´ Data Science team and AI-driven technology services group
As announced in a press release of the technology and legal services company UnitedLex on the 11th of June, 2020, they advance a suite of digital offerings with the acquisition of Paul Hastings´ multi award-winning Data Science, Analysis, and Investigations (DSAI) team and its AI-empowered tec...
Editor - 17 June 2020
Chambers acquires online legal directory service Top 3 Legal
International legal research Chambers and Partners (Chambers) has announced its acquisition of Top 3 Legal, founded in 2017. “The combination of Chambers and Top 3 Legal will create the de facto source of research and analysis for corporates in choosing legal advice and representation”,...
Editor - 16 June 2020
Seven in 10 Americans want the Supreme Court to continue to broadcast live-audio oral arguments after COVID-19
At the onset of the pandemic, the United States Supreme Court adopted transparency measures such as broadcasting lauded live-audio clips of oral arguments. These measures have been a revolution for American justice, and 70 percent of those surveyed in a poll conducted by PSB support the c...
Editor - 13 June 2020 United States of America
Proposal of the Council of the ABA to change its rules in order to allow more flexibility for fall academic year in law schools
As announced on the website of the American Bar Association on June 1st, 2020, the section´s council, which serves as an independent arm of the ABA, is moving to expand flexibility regarding the decision in which form the nation´s 200 ABA-approved law schools will be able to offer classe...
Editor - 11 June 2020 United States of America
Will Innovation Be The Silver Lining Of 2020? Harnessing The Current Focus On Innovation
The current global health crisis is going to leave everyone with lasting memories, and for many not the kind we would want. The human impact has been huge and continues to grow. One consequence that is becoming clear is the scale of innovation that is happening in response to the pandemic, and part...
Jay Connolly - 11 June 2020
Herbert Smith Freehills advises on global transaction of CIP Capital and People 2.0
International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills announces that they advised New York-based CIP Capital on the acquisition of Entity Solutions Group (“ESG”) by one of its portfolio investments, People 2.0 Global LLC (“People 2.0”), a global tech-enabled workforce deployment pla...
Editor - 08 June 2020 United States of America
How New South Wales (Australia) courts are resuming their activity
Australia Judicial System is trying to reopen their courts. New South Wales Supreme Court has resumed face-to-face civil hearings on 1 June 2020 and will be resumed criminal jury trials from 29 June 2020. "For the first time in living memory, personal appearances were essentially banned in our cour...
Editor - 03 June 2020 Australia
COVID-19. Dealing with Global Pandemic
Effective from March 25, 2020, a national lock-down has been imposed in India across the country for a period of 21 days. For the duration of the lock-down, all commercial and industrial establishments across sectors are to be closed except some exceptions as imposed by the Government...
Prashanth Ram - 31 May 2020 India
A group of lawyers has published a complaint form to denounce the U.S. authorities based on all the inconsistencies and errors of the World Health Organization and other institutions
A group of U.S. lawyers has published on the SSBAmerica.com website a complaint form to denounce the U.S. authorities based on all the inconsistencies and errors of the World Health Organization and the health team advising the president of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious ...
Álvaro Navarro - 29 May 2020
Interview with Chrissie Lightfoot, CEO and founder of Robot Lawyer LISA
Christine Fuessel, editor of The Impact Lawyers Magazine, had the pleasure to conduct a phone interview with Chrissie Lightfoot. Chrissie is a prominent international legal figure, being a qualified solicitor (now non-practising) and an inspirational global award winning entrepreneur. She is also kn...
Christine Fuessel - 26 May 2020
Several Governments are trying to gradually reopen airspace routes. Australia is a good example of this
Once some countries believe they have stabilized the spread of COVID-19, they are planning to reopen their borders for air travel progressively. In this regard, China and South Korea have agreed to create a controlled corridor between Seoul and 10 Chinese regions, including Shanghai. Also, Estonia, ...
Editor - 21 May 2020
New Art Award partnership for Clyde & Co with mental health charity Perspective Project
On the 18th of May 2020, international law firm Clyde & Co has announced a new partnership for its annual Art Award programme in the UK that is part of the firm´s global corporate responsibility work. The new Art Award partner is Perspective Project, a charity which approaches mental healt...
Christine Fuessel - 18 May 2020
Adam Eastell joins Baker McKenzie´s Corporate team in London
With the hire of Adam Eastell, the leading global law firm Baker McKenzie continues the rapid growth of its London transactional practice. Adam Eastell is a prominent corporate and M&A lawyer, who joins the corporate team in London from Eigen Technologies, and prior to that was a Partner at Slau...
Editor - 18 May 2020
USPTO petition decision: Inventorship in the US is limited to natural persons, meaning that AI systems cannot legally invent – at least for now
On the 27th of April, 2020, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a petition decision which states that it is not legal that Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are listed or credited as an inventor in a US patent application. Under current law, only natural persons may be named as i...
Christine Fuessel - 13 May 2020
Mayer Brown expands projects group with double partner hire in London
Mayer Brown today announced that two projects lawyers, Kirsti Massie and Meredith Campanale, have been recruited as partners in the firm's global Banking & Finance practice in London. Both lawyers will join the firm from White & Case.  "The recruitment of Kirsti and Meredith marks an i...
Editor - 11 February 2020
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