Employment Tribunal Costs: Nicolson Highlandwear Ltd v Nicolson

There was some encouraging news for employers this month with the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handing down its decision in the case of Nicolson Highlandwear Ltd v Nicolson UKEATS/0058/09/BI. Nicolson...


Something smells familiar!

The recent case of L’Oréal v Bellure highlights the rapidly changing law regarding trademark protection. In this case, the defendant sold cheap perfumes which had a similar smell to luxury...


To Sign Or Not To Sign?

When you are provided with a document to sign, do you sign it without reading it or fully understanding what the document says? The risks of doing so are substantial...


How to Survive in the Lair

With another successful series of ‘Dragons Den’ (Series 9 BBC 2) now complete, I do think about what there is left to be invented, mainly so I can retire early… ...


Stand and Deliver

The use of guarantees in everyday business life is common place. The type of guarantees vary, such as directors or shareholders guaranteeing the debts of a company (a personal guarantee)...


Consumer rights when booking a package holiday

At this time of the year when the cold weather and dark evenings are becoming tiresome, a lot of us are considering where we can go for some reliable sunshine....


It’s Time to Face the Trade Marks (What an X Factor Dispute can Teach Business)

The producers of X Factor revealed at the start of this month that Simco Ltd was withdrawing its application to register a trade mark for the name of girl group Rhythmix....


Glee Trademarks and the Patents County Court

(Don't Stop Believing…) I blogged previously on how the Patents County Court (PCC) was finding its feet in the Westwood v Knight case. In Comic Enterprises Ltd v Twentieth Century Fox Corp, the PCC had to...


What Amounts To Vacant Possession?

In June 2011, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment which at last provides some clarity where a tenant breaks a lease and fails to vacate by the determination date....