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When your reputation precedes you - A Community Trade Mark (CTM) is a trade mark which has been registered in respect of the whole of the European Union, rather than just at a national level in the owner’s home country. As such, registering a CTM can prevent anyone within the EU infringing your brand. Serious consideration should be given to whether this level of protection would benefit any trade marks which are currently only registered at a national level. In a recen... http://ow.ly/2Xe25u

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A promise made is not necessarily a promise kept… - The recent case of Lothian v Dixon and Webb (2014) shows the flexible approach Courts are willing to take when considering Wills and lifetime promises and also emphasises the importance of reviewing your Will regularly. In this case the deceased made a Will in 1983 leaving her estate equally to her cousins Mrs Lothian and Mrs Webb. In September 2010, the deceased asked Mrs Lothian to stay at the hotel she owned in Scar... http://ow.ly/2WzXAE

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To Repair, or not to Repair? - The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of Edwards v Kumarasamy [2015] may cause concern to residential landlords who unexpectedly find themselves liable for repairs to communal areas of a building which otherwise would not have been their responsibility to repair. Most tenancy agreements will contain express repairing obligations by the landlord in relation to the condition of the property which is being let.  There are a... http://ow.ly/2WfMzM

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Agent Authority – Who is signing on your behalf? - In a recent High Court case, the Court ruled that an agent does have sufficient authority to enter into a personal contract of guarantee and indemnity using a signature machine on behalf of the principal contracted party. The case revolved around the grant of a lease of premises. In accordance with the terms of the lease, the obligations of the leaseholder were to be guaranteed by an individual. The individual concerned... http://ow.ly/2VBvB3

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Go compare elsewhere! The battle of low cost airlines - Ryanair has just won a legal battle with Dutch low-cost comparison website, FlyLowCost.com (operated by PR Aviation BV), in the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”). Ryanair took the action to try and prevent comparison websites from using automated technology to ‘screen-scrape’ flight information from its site and present this data to customers on alternative price comparison sites. If you have used... http://ow.ly/2VgbSF

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Putting your house in order - Now that January is out of the way, it is the time of year that many people start taking a bit more interest in their new year’s resolutions. One aspiration which often makes it onto the list is writing a will.  To help spur on anyone who hasn’t yet crossed it off their list, here is a recap of the reasons why you might want to make a will and what you should think about before doing so. It is a bit lazy to say that everyone needs a will, b... http://ow.ly/2UWXZ8

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DIY enthusiast?… Step away from your tools!! - If you plan to carry out major building works or alterations to your property, generally some form of consent will be required from your local Council.  What is not always clear is whether it is Planning Permission, Building Regulation approval or both! Before you pick up your tools you must remember that with any building works requiring consent, you as the owner are responsible for ensuring you comply with the relevant ru... http://ow.ly/2UErjw

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Top 5 employment law changes for 2015 - With the general election looming, and no doubt set to shape the direction of employment law in the second quarter of 2015, we look back at what has recently changed and round up the hot topics that you need to get to grips with this year! 1. Shared Parental Leave Eligible parents have the right to share parental leave and pay. However, employers should be mindful that although the new right applies to babies born or children plac... http://ow.ly/2UmCTQ

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The right to extend your lease term – a brief guide to the statutory process http://ow.ly/2U59vX

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Just between the two of us… or is it? - Before entering into any new commercial relationship, every business should consider whether it will be safe to share its confidential information with the other party or parties involved. Often, negotiations cannot properly proceed unless and until the parties in question reveal important commercially sensitive data to each other. One way in which businesses look to protect their position is by first entering into a Non-Disclosur... http://ow.ly/2TNcfB
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