Pull Up A Chair. Be IP Aware: The Importance Of IP For SMEs

When we think of intellectual property rights, the first examples that come to mind are usually those owned by the big brands: the red sole trademark for the Christian Louboutin shoes, the patented iPhone, the top-secret Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe etc. As a result, it is often easy to underestimate the value of IP for... Continue Reading →

Commercial Issues That You Should Know More About: Greenwashing

Please note that this is a personal blog and that unless stated otherwise, any views or opinions represented in this article are personal and belong solely to the blog owner. Any views or opinions expressed in this article are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. All content provided in... Continue Reading →

From Yee Sang Salads to Knitting Needles: How have law firms taken the ‘extra step’ to embrace diversity in the legal profession?

Diversity should be part of your job rather than something that you have to actively participate in. There is no better way to begin a controversial debate than with a controversial statement. My argument is this: 'diversity' is a buzzword in the legal world that is half-heartedly exploited by some firms to make themselves appear... Continue Reading →

How I Built My Commercial Awareness

When I first began my commercial awareness journey, I didn't know where to start. I was constantly referred to the same old sources of commercial news: The Financial Times and The Economist. After all, old is gold. Whilst I am comfortable with using these sources now, they weren't very useful when I first started learning... Continue Reading →

Acquisitions 101: Vice and Refinery29

2019 has been an exciting year for the M&A world! In case you haven't heard, Vice has acquired Refinery29! Now, what's the point of me writing an article about an acquisition if I don't go through the basics first?! Let's play a bit of Company Top Trumps. Vice: What is Vice? Vice is a Canadian... Continue Reading →

My Virtual Internship: Part 6

Module 6: The acquisition is nearly complete and we have only a few round-up tasks left to make sure that the acquisition of PayGate Technologies goes ahead. At this point of the Virtual Internship, you should be a Grand Prix emailer. Your task is to update your client on the legal fees that they have... Continue Reading →

Shearman Open Day

Being an open day newbie, I wasn't sure quite of what to expect from my first ever open day. However, Shearman & Sterling did not disappoint! Arrival: The Eagle has landed. All the Eagle has to say is this: whoever designed the downstairs lobby of the London office needs an award...or at least a bonus!... Continue Reading →

My Virtual Internship: Part 4

Upon reflection... As I am now halfway through the programme, I think that it is time for a brief moment of reflection. The virtual internship has been incredibly rewarding. My legal knowledge has come on leaps and bounds since starting the programme, and I have learnt a great deal about Linklaters as a firm and... Continue Reading →

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