The Rise of Intellectual Property Disputes

July 3rd, 2017

The digital arena poses numerous issues for entrepreneurs and protection of their innovations and ideas. Globalisation and the speed that the information is published over the Internet helps to spread ideas worldwide within minutes. However, it also poses a serious threat to the rights of inventors. In the world of social media, we need to […]

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Importance Of Closing Down Financial Claims In A Divorce

July 3rd, 2017

[Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC14] The Supreme Court allowed a wife’s claim to proceed 23 years after divorce. The parties married in 1981, separated in 1984 and they divorced in 1992 and therefore the relationship broke down 35 years ago. They had one son, Dane, and the husband treated the wife’s daughter from a previous […]

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How Will 3D Printing Affect Intellectual Property Rights?

July 3rd, 2017

There is no doubt that intellectual property right holders and businesses will face disruption as regular people gain access to powerful tools of design and production, away from regulation and control. However, whilst rights owners will be concerned about the challenges 3D printing raises, as is often the case, with new technology and development comes […]

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Damages Based Agreements – An Alternative to Funding Your Claim

June 2nd, 2017

Damages Based Agreements, or DBAs, are a type of “no win, no fee” arrangement between a solicitor and client. DBAs are now permitted for commercial disputes in England since April 2013. Under a DBA, the client agrees to pay the solicitor a percentage of the sums recovered from the losing party in a claim. The […]

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General Election 2017 – Party Employment Law Proposals & Changes

June 1st, 2017

Theresa May’s announcement in April explaining that there would be a snap general election on 8 June surprised many. It isn’t all about Brexit and many will be pleased to learn that employment law proposals feature in many of the political parties’ manifestos, many focusing on an extension of worker’s rights. It is therefore appropriate […]

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Personal Injury Law Update – May 2017

June 1st, 2017

The Prison and Courts Bill This Bill has been scrapped as a direct result of the Election being announced and Parliament being dissolved. Claimant representatives will be happy about this, as the Bill contained wide ranging reforms that were potentially unhelpful to Claimants. Amongst the proposals, was the introduction of a system of tariffs for […]

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Employment Law Update – April 2017

May 2nd, 2017

Report from Work and Pensions Committee condemns bogus self-employment practices in the Gig Economy The Work and Pensions Committee has published a report suggesting that the Government must stop ‘bogus’ self-employment practices, which are potentially creating an extra burden on the welfare state whilst also reducing tax contributions to HMRC. As part of the investigation […]

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Should Civil Partnerships Be Available To All?

May 2nd, 2017

At the present time, same sex couples can get married or enter into a civil partnership but opposite sex couples can only get married. The Court of Appeal ruled earlier this year that this means that couples are being treated differently. Same sex couples have more options than opposite sex couples. But what will the […]

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New Cigarette and Smoking Laws To Come Into Effect in May

May 2nd, 2017

The government is planning to ban ten packs of cigarettes completely, in a bid to reduce the number of smokers in the UK. The price of smoking in the UK is set to soar, with the cheapest pack costing £8.82 after the ban is put into place on May 21st due to a new minimum […]

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The Decline In Marriage

March 31st, 2017

Less people than ever are getting married in the west and marriage in Britain is at its lowest level since 1895 and it appears that men, more so than women, are less than keen to enter into marriage when there is a risk that they will lose their space, their money and family if things […]

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