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They forgot about Drai

It’s fair to say that the bigger the brand, the more valuable it is; so it is no surprise that businesses will try their best to protect their brand even when, in hindsight, it may not have been the most … Continue reading

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Addressing the ‘imbalance’ – Civil Partnerships for heterosexual couples

Theresa May, the Prime Minister has announced today that heterosexual couples in England and Wales will soon have the choice of a Civil Partnership stating that by “extending civil partnerships, we are making sure that all couples, be the same-sex … Continue reading

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The reaction of Data Protection Commissioners throughout the EU to Facebook’s latest data breach

Background Last weekend news broke of a data breach at the Conservative Party conference via an app, prompting predictions of an embarrassing GDPR fine for the party currently in power. The limelight for this data breach was wholly stolen by … Continue reading

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Is Time Of The Essence?

The phrase “time is of the essence” is one which sometimes appears in contracts but what does it mean and, more importantly, what are its effects? If time is of the essence for a contractual obligation in a contract then … Continue reading

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UK’s tough new immigration policy is now set out but who’s doing the work?

The UK’s long-term cabinet-agreed immigration policy finally emerged this week, following the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report last week. The Government, whilst taking the axe to the supply of lower-skilled labour from the EU, fails to offset this with any … Continue reading

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Adjournment of Hearings on Medical Grounds

The recent case of Dove v London Borough of Havering highlights what evidence the Court requires if a trial or hearing is to be adjourned on medical grounds. The Doves were twin sisters who were joint tenants of a Council … Continue reading

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The Future of Immigration: Tier 2 to devour EU, as well non-EU migrants

No preferential treatment for EU migrants – is the headline from today’s long-awaited Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report.  The MAC has issued recommendations around the future of the UK’s immigration policy and, in particular, the system which EU nationals should … Continue reading

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The shape of things to come?

Whilst the most common way to register a trademark is using a word or logo “mark”, there are other options available if your business uses something that is sufficiently distinctive enough, for example a colour, a smell or a shape. … Continue reading

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Is this finally the end of the blame-game in divorce?

The UK government are set to announce a consultation on ‘no-fault divorce’ as Justice Secretary David Gauke described the current system as creating “unnecessary antagonism” following the case of Owens v Owens. It was reported that David Gauke now plans … Continue reading

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Reforming the Law on Wills – Time For Change?

In recent years the Law Commission have made clear their view that the law relating to wills should be updated and brought into the modern age. While this is still under review, the circumstances of the recent case of Ubbi … Continue reading

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