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  • Case Law Corner: November 2018

    30 November 2018

    This month we bring you the latest cases in the areas of Intellectual Property and Employment, including a copyright decision that the taste of a food product is not eligible for copyright protection as it cannot be classified as a ‘work’, a case on whether a town name can be trademarked, and a case addressing compensation in the case of termination.

  • Brexit Case Law Tracker

    30 November 2018

    We’ve updated our Brexit Case Law Tracker with the latest national and CJEU cases related to Brexit, including Shindler and Others v Council and Andy Wightman MSP v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

  • Law Society of England and Wales publishes comments on the draft political declaration on the EU-UK relationship

    29 November 2018

    The Law Society of England and Wales published its comments on the draft political declaration on the future EU-UK relationship.

  • Signed, sealed, delivered in accordance with Article 15? Proposed amendments to Service Regulation raise questions of efficiency

    29 November 2018

    The Commission has proposed amendments to Regulation (EC) 1393/2017 on the service of judicial documents in civil and commercial matters (“the Service Regulation”). The amendments are ostensibly to provide smoother cross-border judicial proceedings, specifically introducing new electronic, “direct” means of service. But the proposals leave many questions unanswered; the main being, “will this work in practice?”.

  • EU backs ending daylight saving time

    28 November 2018

    On 12 September 2018, The European Commission presented a proposal to end the practice of adjusting clocks between summer and winter time leaving Member States the freedom to decide their standard time, after it was revealed that most EU citizens were against the clocks switch. 

  • UK Law Societies’ Brussels Office and Society of European Affairs Professionals hold “Lobbying and Ethics: Exploring the Boundaries” Event

    26 November 2018

    The UK Law Societies’ Brussels Office and the Society of European Affairs Professionals held an evening event on 7th November 2018 to discuss the role of ethics and codes of conduct in the era of increased lobbying regulation. It was attended by approximately 60 participants, from a variety of industries and from all around Europe. 

  • Brussels Office at the Law Society of Scotland Conference

    26 November 2018

    The annual Law Society of Scotland conference took place in Edinburgh last month, on the 26th of October. This year the Brussels Office was represented at the conference by Helena Raulus, Head of Office, and Eoin Lavelle, EU Policy Adviser.

  • European Commission publishes its work programme for 2019

    26 November 2018

    The Commission has published its 2019 Work Programme, outlining major priorities for the upcoming year. In what looks to be a significant year for Europe, the theme of the Programme seems to be unity, strength and democracy, focusing on the full delivery of the 10 priorities of the Juncker Commission and preparation for Brexit.

  • UK All-Party Parliamentary Group launches first ever report on Brexit on legal services

    26 November 2018

    On 22 October, the APPG on Legal and Constitutional Affairs launched its first ever report into the effect of Brexit on legal services at an event in Parliament.

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    Indirect discrimination in access to justice: European outlook

    23 November 2018

    On the 20th November 2018, the European Women’s Lawyers Association (EWLA) and the UK Law Societies, Brussels Office held a day conference on the subject of indirect discrimination in access to justice. The event was made up of two sessions, the first from 9am – 11am with a short break in the middle and the second session from 11:30am – 1:30pm followed by lunch.

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