Copyright – Protecting Your Rights At Home

With an increase in the number of couples choosing to live together before marriage has come an awareness of the practical and, it has to be said, not very romantic,...


Louboutin – Will Substantial Value Prove To Be A Substantial Problem?

The use of a bright red sole on a stiletto shoe is, for many people, synonymous with luxury fashion house, Christian Louboutin. Hugely popular, the red sole demonstrates (at least...


What Is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal status and form of insolvency whereby all or most of a person’s debts are written off. Who Does It Effect? Those who find themselves in severe...


Copyright Protection In TV Formats – An Update

I’ve previously blogged about the difficulties faced when seeking to apply the principles of copyright subsistence to a TV format. Since that blog, the Courts have provided further clarification as to...


Damages For False Imprisonment & Malicious Prosecution

Liberty is a precious fundamental human right, firmly protected by law and only legitimately withdrawn in certain circumstances. Despite this, local authorities, the courts and government departments occasionally detain individuals...


Breach of Contract – What are the Options?

It is always important to have the right contract in place for any transaction. However, no matter how good the relationship between the parties or the preparation of the paperwork,...


Failure To Use Your Trade Mark Can Leave You Feeling Blue

Shortly after the birth of Beyoncé’s first child with husband Jay Z, the couple applied to trade mark her name, “Blue Ivy”, at the US Patent and Trade Mark Office...


Trade Mark Infringement – Glaxo v Sandoz Ltd (No.2) (2017)

Are colour marks more susceptible to revocation? This was a dilemma faced by Glaxo in its case against Sandoz Ltd (Glaxo V Sandoz Ltd (No. 2) (2017). Glaxo is a...


Business Succession – Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

According to Government statistics there were 5.4 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK in 2016, making up over 99% of all businesses. Of these, a large number...


Brand Protection – When Is It ‘Kneaded’?

Taylor Swift is known not only as a world famous music artist but also as an astute business woman. In particular, Ms Swift knows how to protect her branding, as...


Let’s Make…Up?

The Kardashian family have become a household name and have strategically exploited the intellectual property rights in the family name in order to build a Kardashian empire and capitalise on...


Ground Rent Negligence Claims Set To Increase

Industry experts are predicting a rise in professional negligence claims against solicitors relating to ground rent, which predominantly affects new build leaseholds. Many purchasers are unaware of the onerous term...