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Similar Product Names Do Not Always Lead to a Likelihood of Confusion

August 18, 2019

Rival products sometimes bear similar names but, when considering whether or not that is likely to cause confusion, judges place themselves in the ...

Missed Deadlines Mean Missed Opportunities

July 8, 2019

Gerry Rafferty famously claimed that 'if you get it wrong, you'll get it right next time', but a recent construction dispute shows that this is often ...

Pension Trustees Owe No Duty of Care to Employer

July 2, 2019

Many directors of companies are also trustees of the company pension scheme. Sometimes, their duties as a director and as a scheme trustee can be ...

Possession Granted When Tenant Claims Argument is Over Same Facts

June 20, 2019

It is very common for tenants who run up rent arrears to effectively be given a second chance by the courts when facing an application by the ...

Gay Headteacher a Victim of Unconscious Discrimination, EAT Rules

June 17, 2019

Whether discrimination is subliminal or deliberate often makes little difference to the pain and distress it causes. The point was strikingly made by ...

Sale of Insolvent Company to Creditor Not Improper

June 12, 2019

Insolvencies are seldom happy periods for any of those involved and great care must be taken by those who deal with the insolvency proceedings to ...

Three Quarters of Firms Not Aware of Anti-Tax Evasion Law

June 11, 2019

A recent survey by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) shows that only one in four UK businesses are aware of the penalties they could face under the ...

What Exactly Is the 'Curtilage' of a Building?

June 9, 2019

Whether land is or is not within the curtilage of a building can be a decisive factor in many planning cases. The High Court considered the meaning ...

Accountant Who Worked Exclusively for One Client Became an Employee

May 20, 2019

The distinction between employment and self-employment is a continuing source of controversy and a ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ...

Adjudication Payments Must Be Made First

May 6, 2019

Payments under building contracts can be a touchy issue and have led to numerous disputes. Adjudication proceedings are intended to make the process ...

Commercial Articles

Nuisance Calls and Texts Law

Since 6 April 2015, changes to the law have given the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) enhanced powers to take action against companies making ...

Outsourcing – Nine Steps to Success

These days more and more processes are being outsourced (run by external contractors under a service agreement) by more and more businesses. It is ...

Outsourcing the Processing of Personal Information – Guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office offers guidance for smaller businesses on how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when ...

Remedies for Breach of Contract

Having the right contract is always a good idea, but no matter how much protection it offers, no contract can prevent a breach of contract by the ...

Retirement Planning and Your Business

It is arguable that the whole point of any business should be to enable the owners to retire when they want and with the lifestyle they want on ...

Settlement Agreements Guide

Following changes made by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, compromise agreements were renamed ‘settlement agreements’ and ...

Stamp Duty Land Tax: Beginner’s Guide

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a self-assessed tax. The onus is on the taxpayer to make the necessary land transaction return, calculate the tax ...

Step by Step Plan for Health and Safety Compliance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a ‘step by step plan’ for businesses for protecting the health and safety of workers ...

Taking a Franchise – the Basics

There are many potential benefits of buying a franchise, such as having access to well-established business and accounting systems, centralised ...

Tax Avoidance Disclosure Rules

UK tax law is almost unique in that it contains regulations which require professionals to advise HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of information ...

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