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HMLR to introduce “extra checks” on forms DS1: applications to discharge may take longer

11 Apr 2018

As part of HMLR’s improvement to their counter-fraud processes and systems, they have implemented new checks on applications to remove mortgages from title registers. The additional checks are to help identify and prevent fraudulent applications. There are three application routes to remove a mortgage from a title register: 1. Form DS1, which is sent by […]

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International Protection of Designs – UK ratifies the Hague Agreement

06 Apr 2018

On 13 March 2018, the UK completed its final step in joining the Hague Agreement for the protection of industrial designs. As a result, the Hague Agreement will enter into force in the UK on 13 June 2018. The Hague system allows applicants, by way of a single application and fee (filed at the World […]

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The Cambridge Analytica Facebook affair may embolden the authorities to aggressively enforce the GDPR as the public wakes up to the importance of data privacy.

22 Mar 2018

The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has hit news headlines worldwide and placed both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The story has brought privacy and data protection to the attention of millions and will, no doubt, have increased awareness of how their data is used by businesses. Under the […]

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Crocs decision: the importance of being ‘snappy’ about protecting your designs

22 Mar 2018

A recent decision from the EU General Court has once again highlighted the serious consequences of disclosing designs before you apply for a Registered Community Design.        Last week, the well-known Crocs shoe design (you either love them or hate them!) was found to be invalid by the General Court. The Court agreed with the […]

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Recording Assignments and Licences – Worth the Trouble?

12 Mar 2018

It is established public policy that transactions such assignments of and licences under patents and registered trade marks should be recorded on the public register.  The Patents and Trade Marks Acts both reflect this policy with provisions (s25(4) in the Trade Marks Act and s68 of the Patents Act) restricting a Claimant’s entitlement to recover […]

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Mum’s the Word

08 Mar 2018

What do McDonald’s, Coca Cola and KFC all have in common?  They all use trade secrets or confidential terms to protect the assets of most value to them: their secret recipes. All this appeared to resurface again in the past few weeks as people attempted to recreate the Colonel’s secret recipe when there were distribution […]

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How do I get divorced?

28 Feb 2018

Getting divorced can be an intimidating prospect. As well as dealing with any emotional distress, many people will not understand the process or what they need to do at each stage. A good family lawyer will be able to make things easier for you, once the decision to separate has been made, by setting out […]

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How is money distributed on divorce?

28 Feb 2018

If you are considering divorce and there are significant assets to be taken into account, such as property, a business, a pension, an expected inheritance, a large salary or simply money in the bank, you should speak to a family lawyer who specialises in matrimonial finances immediately. Many people do not realise going into a […]

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Do you own ‘your’ IP? Six simple questions to ask yourself

21 Feb 2018

Protecting intellectual property is crucial to the success of your business. But do you actually own it? One of the questions that often arises in intellectual property matters is who actually owns the IP rights? Your business will not necessarily own the IP that has been developed just because it has paid for it, or […]

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What hospitality businesses need to know about tips and tax evasion

21 Feb 2018

Tax evasion is a hot topic, with barely a week going by without another headline highlighting the methods that many corporates and individuals have used to minimise their tax bills. We are now living in a climate of tax shaming, and there is increasing pressure on the government to bring tax evaders to account and […]

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KFC chicken shortage: advice for franchise owners

20 Feb 2018

KFC has closed more than 600 of its 900 UK outlets after delivery problems meant they have ran out of chicken. This is as result of KFC switching its delivery contract to DHL, which blamed “operational issues” for disruption to the supply of chicken. Understandably, a lot has been said about the workers at the […]

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The sleep-in crisis: Care home providers face difficult decision

12 Feb 2018

Following months of suspension, in November the government resumed the enforcement of the national minimum wage (NMW) on healthcare providers with immediate effect. They simultaneously launched the Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS) in the hope of alleviating the short-term impact of its decision. Organisations already under investigation for breaching NMW legislation are now receiving letters […]

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GDPR for the leisure and hospitality sector: five things bar and restaurant operators need to know

09 Feb 2018

On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect. The GDPR will have a wide-ranging impact on almost every business operating in the UK and beyond and will raise particular issues for those businesses operating in the bar and restaurant sector. The headline grabbing fines (being up to the higher of […]

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Registrable trade marks: does it smell right to you?

09 Feb 2018

The requirement for a registrable trade mark to be capable of being represented graphically has, hitherto, posed an impediment to registration of smell marks. The seven criteria for representing any mark – requirements of precision, self-containment, easy accessibility, intelligibility, durability and objectivity (known as the Sieckmann criteria) underlined the difficulty. However, it now seems that […]

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Calculating the length of a marriage: the most complicated equation of all?

12 Jan 2018

Family law calls for quite a lot of mathematics. From calculating how matrimonial finances should be divided upon divorce, to considering the tax implications of the same, a lot of number crunching goes on. Here, Head of Family for Kuits Katie McCann, who specialises in complex matrimonial finances, explains how a good divorce lawyer needs […]

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Planning Pitfalls: Notifying the Neighbours

02 Jan 2018

The High Court has recently overturned a planning permission for the erection of additional floors at a block of flats in central London after concluding that the leaseholder of one of the flats was not notified of the application. The application was made on behalf of the freeholder to Westminster City Council, the local planning […]

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New China Town Liverpool Development: Is your Deposit at Risk?

13 Dec 2017

It has been published in the press that China Town Development Company Limited (part of the North Point Global Group) has run into trouble and faces litigation from Liverpool Council. In their press release dated July 2017, the Group confirmed that it will seek to dispose of its property interests in the development. Anyone with […]

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A debt recovery pre-action protocol now exists but should you use it?

07 Dec 2017

Many businesses will have been inundated with emails, mailshots and circulars about the Debt Recovery Protocol (which commenced on 1 October 2017), what it will do to the debt recovery process and the sanctions for non-compliance. Here, Head of Litigation Andrew Weinberg takes businesses through what they need to know, why they may wish to […]

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Commercial service charge changes: have your say

20 Nov 2017

The tide may finally be turning for tenants when it comes to service charge. For many years now, landlords have effectively been able to operate unregulated when running service charges under a commercial lease. This is in part due to the fact that, despite the RICS code of practice being in its third edition, compliance […]

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Court of Appeal hears transgender woman denied direct contact with her five children

15 Nov 2017

Last month, the lawyers representing a transgender woman who had been refused direct contact with her five children, on the basis that they would be “shunned” by their ultra-Orthodox Jewish community” were in the Court of Appeal to challenge the decision of Mr. Justice Peter Jackson from earlier this year. Here, associate and LGBT family […]

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50 Shades of Grey (market trading)

15 Nov 2017

Here, intellectual property partner Claire Meyers discusses the risks associated with dealing in parallel/grey market goods. Broadly speaking, a trade mark owner is entitled to prevent a third party from using his trade mark without his consent.  However, once branded goods have been placed on the market in the EEA by the trade mark owner, […]

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When is selling parallel traded goods (grey goods) a criminal offence?

13 Nov 2017

In the context of Brexit, there has been much talk of the English Courts adopting a more robust attitude to competition and departing from some of the jurisdiction and jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice. There is, however, scant evidence of such an approach in a recent decision given on 3 August 2017 by […]

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Patents, trade marks and registered designs: can you make a threat to sue?

13 Nov 2017

It has long been the law in England and Wales that any threat to sue on a patent, trade mark or registered design could be the subject itself of an action by a person in receipt of the threat that the threat was unjustified. This has caused a number of practical problems, in particular, in […]

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Three things you need to know about using e-signatures in the Digital Age

27 Oct 2017

The Digital Age is well and truly upon us. Most of us now couldn’t live without our smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs, laptops and the like. Therefore, understandably, we are often asked by our clients whether it is safe and acceptable to digitally sign documents. The short answer is yes. Regulations allowing digital signatures (The Electronic […]

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Specialist advisor warns tax evaders ‘HMRC will be rubbing their hands’, following latest data hack

25 Oct 2017

The announcement of a data hack at Appleby, one of the world’s largest providers of offshore legal services, could produce a treasure trove of information for HMRC to rival the Panama Papers and then some. Here, specialist tax investigations solicitor and Executive Partner for Manchester commercial law firm Kuits, Robert Levy, shares his insight: “Until […]

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