High Street Crisis & Debt Recovery

The continuing uncertainty around Brexit and what might happen on 29 March 2019 can only add to retailers’ concerns and financial uncertainties. 2018 proved to be the worst year for retail...


Christmas Trading Reports – Struggling High Street Sales

As consumer spending continues to fall, it is vital companies doing business in the retail sector take steps to protect their own position. It comes after December 2018 was named one...


New Rules On Capped Costs Pilot Scheme

The capped costs pilot scheme is set to begin on Monday 14th January in the Business and Property Courts cases in Leeds and Manchester and the Circuit Commercial Court in...


Time Limits For Professional Negligence Claims

If you are considering making a negligence claim against a professional (such as an accountant, financial adviser, solicitor, barrister, insurance broker, surveyor or architect) then it is important to note...


Buying Or Selling A Business

The decision to buy or sell a business can be a tough one, and may be based on a number of differing financial or commercial factors. A sale and purchase...


IR35 Provisions – Changes To The Off-Payroll Working Rules In The Private Sector

What is IR35? The ‘off-payroll rules’ (also known as the IR35 provisions or the intermediaries legislation) refer to the United Kingdom’s anti-avoidance tax legislation and was implemented by HM Revenue...


Pilot To Take Off

The Disclosure Pilot Scheme (Practice Direction 51U of the Civil Procedure Rules (“CPR”)) is about to begin in the Business and Property Courts from 1st January 2019. The Pilot will...


Out Of Time? – The Effect Of A Stay In Proceedings Before Service Of The Claim Form

In the recent case of Grant v Dawn Meats (UK) [2018] EWCA Civ 2212, the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal that a claim was served in time after a...


SIPPs Schemes: High Court Judgment On Berkeley Burke Judicial Review Case

The long awaited Berkeley Burke Judicial Review judgment was published on Tuesday 30th October, bringing positive news to those who unknowingly invested their Self-Invested Personal Pensions (or SIPPs) into unsuitable...


Conduct Within Litigation

If lawyers or their clients are ever of the opinion that the Courts do not pay sufficient regard to the parties’ conduct in litigation, the judgments of Mr Justice Fraser...


Court of Appeal Closes The Book On Argos…

There is no doubt that the internet can pose tricky questions for trade mark lawyers; as our reliance on the world wide web grows, arguably the world becomes smaller. Can...


Whilst “Ugly Can be Beautiful”, It Won’t Prevent Invalidation Of A Community Registered Design

Whilst Crocs may well be a divisive sartorial choice (their 2005 launch was accompanied with the message “ugly can be beautiful”), there is no doubt that they have been popular...