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One of the less well reported changes contained in the Intellectual Property Act 2014 is that the commercial exploitation of a registered design without the design owner’s permission will become a criminal offence, with a maximum term of five...
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Separated couples should fix their eyes firmly on the future when signing divorce agreements, as was demonstrated in a recent case in which a former soldier, whose ex-wife had 'spent her share' after their split, fought off her bid for a slice of his...
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Businesses that suffered consequential losses in the London riots in 2011 (and their insurers) will welcome the Court of Appeal's decision that where loss is due to riot, the amount of compensation that can be claimed under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 ...
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It is a regrettable truth that even close family members cannot always be trusted to do the right thing, as illustrated by a case dealing with a wayward son who was appointed as attorney over his elderly mother's financial affairs. Unfortunately, he used...
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The Government's decision to abolish, with effect from 6 April 2014, the statutory sick pay (SSP) percentage threshold scheme, whereby employers could, in certain circumstances, reclaim SSP paid to employees absent through ill health, will have a particular...
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In a decision which represents a landmark victory for private landowners – and a serious blow to open countryside campaigners – the High Court has ruled that 19th Century officials who purported to create public rights of way under an 1801 Act...
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Under the old law relating to cartels, it was necessary to prove dishonest intent in order to obtain a criminal conviction when companies engaged in price fixing, market manipulation, bid rigging and so on. The civil law provides that breaches of competition...
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The Court of Appeal has handed down judgments in two cases which clarify the rights of passengers whose flights are delayed. The first case concerned a Jet2.com flight from Malaga to Manchester which was scheduled to depart at 18:25 on 26 October 2011....
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If you supply electronic products (telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services) to non-business customers through online sales, you should start thinking about how you will comply with the new VAT 'place of supply' rules that will come into force on 1...
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A 61-year-old local authority employee, who received a lower redundancy payment than younger workers with the same length of service because she was over the state pension age that applied at the time, has succeeded in her age discrimination claim ( Heron v...