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The combination of our new and traditional media expertise and Bird & Bird’s unique heritage and leading position in technology and communications make us ideally placed to help our clients to navigate this dynamic, fast-changing media landscape.

We understand the need for media players to diversify in order to step up to the challenges and opportunities of digital media.

Our creative and practical solutions help our clients to achieve real commercial advantage.
On both domestic and international matters, our team offers a full range of legal services.

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IOT is a very promising and interesting new area of business, as well as an incredible opportunity to provide new services and improve the quality of existing ones. It is a complex and unregulated area, which will need new dedicated legislation to thrive and develop.

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If the United States and the United Kingdom are two countries separated by a common language, Europe is a common market separated by 28 languages. Doing business, even in England, where, as George Bernard Shaw (or maybe Oscar Wilde) alluded to, words may be common to both countries, but the meaning of those words in English may not be as they are in American.

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The EAT has held that a dismissal for offensive tweets by an employee on his personal Twitter feed was potentially fair and that a tribunal had incorrectly applied the range of reasonable responses test.

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As detailed in our newsletter of September 17, 2014, the European Union ("EU") has extended the scope of the sanctions against Russia.

In its turn, Russia enacted on August 6, 2014 Decree No. 560 prohibiting the importing of certain listed agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs to Russia from the USA, EU Member States, Canada, Australia and Norway, following the restrictive measures imposed on Russian legal and natural persons by those countries.

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On 10 September 2014, Margrethe Vestager, former Danish minister for Economic Affairs and the Interior, was nominated by Commission president-elect, Jean-Claude Juncker, as European Union Commissioner for Competition. On 2 October, Ms Vestager appeared before the European Parliament for a three-hour confirmation hearing during which she explained the top priorities for her term of office.

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The Unitary Patent system, including the Unified Patent Court, is not yet operational. The target date of early 2015 has recently been acknowledged as being overly ambitious; the end of 2015 is now said to be the earliest that can be achieved. Despite the delay, patent proprietors and applicants should be thinking now about their strategy for meeting the challenge created by this new intellectual property right.

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TV shows are big business.  According to tview’s annual report (http://tview.ae), Arabs’ Got Talent, The Voice and Arab Idol were the top three TV shows watched by UAE households in 2013. What do these popular TV shows have in common? The answer; they are all extremely successful (and lucrative) TV formats.

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As the new Commission and Parliament, and Council of Ministers, roll up their sleeves for final work on the  EU General Data Protection Regulation, Partner Ruth Boardman and Consultant Francis Aldhouse, stand back and suggest ten ideas to improve data protection.

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ABOUT BIRD & BIRD

Bird & Bird is a truly international firm, organised around our clients. We connect our passion and practical insight with our clients' vision, to achieve real commercial advantage.

With more than 1,100 lawyers and legal practitioners in 26 offices worldwide, we specialise in combining leading expertise across a full range of legal services, including advice on commercial, corporate, EU and competition, intellectual property, dispute resolution, employment, finance and real estate matters. 

Our clients build their businesses on technology and intangible assets, and operate in regulated markets. The key to our success is our sector focus.  We have developed deep industry understanding of these sectors, including aviation & aerospace, communications, electronics, energy & utilities, financial services, healthcare, information technology, life sciences, media and sports. Our deep industry knowledge gives us:

●            Expertise in the law and regulatory framework relating to each sector

●            A practical, commercial approach to navigating the sector, supported by advisors who have worked for decades in these specific industries

Most of our work is cross-border and multi-jurisdictional. We excel at managing complex projects across multiple regions with a seamless one-firm approach.

We have offices in key business centres across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, The Hague, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Skanderborg, Stockholm and Warsaw.  We are now the only truly international firm with a presence in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, ideally positioning us to support companies looking to invest in the Nordic region. We also have dedicated groups focusing on Africa, India, Japan and Russia and close ties with firms in other key jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the United States. We offer local expertise within an international context.

As we have expanded into new jurisdictions we have established our offices as real, local, full service offerings rather than representative or franchised offices to ensure our ability to provide a consistent approach and client service experience across the firm. Operating as one, truly international partnership, with shared goals and accounting and a single profit pool, we are committed to providing our clients advice from the right lawyers, in the right offices, working together properly in the interests of our client.

Today, we maintain an open and flexible business culture, aiming to respond as rapidly as possible to the commercial pressures that our clients face and to ensure that our own business remains configured in the best way possible to provide excellent service to our clients, however they themselves define excellence.