Monthly Archives: January 2016

Are Civil Partnerships set to be introduced for straight couples?

In the news recently a heterosexual couple have been seeking to challenge why civil partnerships are not currently available to couples of the opposite sex A High Court Judge has permitted a legal challenge to proceed in the recent … Continue reading

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Have a Break

Unknown to most, a legal argument about a chocolate bar has been raging now for years and despite a High Court decision last week the battle is set to continue. The case involves trade marks, specifically a three-dimensional mark in … Continue reading

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Qualifying Residents Associations

In the recent decision of Greenacres Park Residents Association -v- Country Parks Limited the First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) (“the Tribunal”) provided some very useful guidance on Qualifying Residents Associations (“QRAs”). The decision was made following an Application … Continue reading

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I want to be ….. a Tree

Most people know a tree when they see one. Big, leaves, branches, roots etc, but a recent Court of Appeal decision answered the rather unusual legal question: When does a tree become a tree? In Distinctive Properties (Ascot) Ltd v … Continue reading

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Who owns the copyright in a monkey selfie? Part 2

Every now and again a legal case will capture the imagination of the public. The monkey ‘selfie’ case is one such example.  Back in August 2014 we reported on the exploits of UK wildlife photographer David Slater. In 2011 Mr. … Continue reading

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Do you really own your web domain?

Unfortunately, many businesses do not own their web domain name.  A domain name belongs to the person who is named as the registered proprietor and that may not be you or your business. If you instruct a third party (such … Continue reading

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Gayle Force – sexist comments won’t simply blow over

A recent post match interview saw West Indian cricketer star Chris Gayle make sexist comments to Mel McLaughlin, a Network Ten sports reporter. After his impressive performance in the game, Gayle was asked about his big-hitting style to which he … Continue reading

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Changes to Stamp Duty from 1 April

Increased SDLT rates for second homes and buy-to-let properties From 1 April 2016, higher rates of stamp duty will apply to the purchase of additional residential properties (such as second homes and buy-to-let properties). Details have not been issued but … Continue reading

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