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The scale of the sanctions imposed on Russia after it invaded Ukraine has put pressure on the U.K. sanctions office OFSI and already-stretched law enforcement agencies. (Ukrinform/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Lawyers Question UK's Sanction Muscle 2 Years After Invasion

A lack of enforcement over suspected sanctions breaches two years on from Russia's invasion of Ukraine has left lingering doubts about the effectiveness of the U.K.'s response — even though prosecutors recently opened the first such criminal case, legal experts say.

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Therium Can't Block Law Firm's Claim Over VW Scandal

A London court refused Friday to end a law firm's claim that litigation funder Therium breached a confidentiality agreement for group emissions litigation against Volkswagen, even though the case involves some facts similar to one decided by the U.K.'s top court.

Russian Tycoon Can Take Sanctions Case To UK's Top Court

An oligarch can take his attempt to halt a $850 million fraud claim brought by two Kremlin-backed banks to the U.K.'s highest court after it granted him permission to challenge a decision allowing the case to proceed despite one of the lenders being under British sanctions.

Serco Ordered To Dump Staff's Biometric Data

The privacy watchdog ordered Serco's health club arm on Friday to stop using facial recognition and fingerprints to identify when employees clock in to work, saying that it is an excessively intrusive use of biometric data.

Fox Williams Beats £30M Game Show IP Negligence Claim

Fox Williams won its bid Friday to strike out a media company's case that the law firm bungled its game show copyright claim and caused it to lose out on £30 million ($38 million), as a court ruled that the claim was "hopeless."

Transgender Judge Hopes To Return 'When Hate Subsides'

Britain's only transgender judge said on Friday that she hopes to return to public office "when hate subsides" after she resigned over concerns that she risked politicizing the judiciary if she remained on the bench. 

FCA Fires Warning Shot Over City's Consumer Duty Failings

The Financial Conduct Authority has sent out a fresh warning to financial services companies highlighting how some of them are failing to comply with its Consumer Duty regime. But experts have told Law360 that the expectations are unclear.

Big Brands Face Do-Or-Die Decision On Russian TMs

The Russian government has broadly upheld the intellectual property rights of foreign companies since international brands pulled out of the market, but the clock is ticking for cancelation proceedings if they don't get back to business in the next year, experts warn.

Law Firms Keep Pro Bono Focus On Ukraine War

International law firms pulled out of Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, but lawyers at big outfits have maintained their focus on pro bono efforts over the last two years — helping people to escape the conflict or fostering a pro bono culture in the country.

NatWest Settles £60M VAT Fraud Case Ahead Of Retrial

NatWest Markets PLC and liquidators for several defunct trading companies have settled a £60 million ($75.9 million) dispute over whether the bank is liable for a huge value-added tax fraud scheme ahead of a retrial.

Sony Loses Bid To Stop Hendrix Bandmates' Copyright Trial

Sony Music lost another attempt on Thursday to avoid facing a copyright challenge in England over music royalties from Jimi Hendrix's band, with a London judge saying the estates of his bandmates have an arguable case over IP rights for music streaming services.

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