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Protecting Brand Names - BMW Comes Down Hard on Small Businessman

Companies that spend millions on establishing their brands in the public mind have the comfort of knowing that the law will protect their investments. In a case on point, vehicle manufacturer BMW came down hard on a small businessman who set up a company...

Making a Will during the Coronavirus lockdown

We would like to reassure our clients that despite the UK in lockdown, our Wills and Administration of Estates team are continuing to provide a vital service helping clients with revising and making a Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). ...

Boy Left Blind in One Eye After Premature Birth Secures £1.8 Million

Premature babies are intensely vulnerable in their first days of life and failings in their care can have lifelong consequences. In a case on point, a boy who was left blind in one eye after a window of opportunity to treat a relatively common condition was...

Making a Will? Don't Forget Your Moral Obligations

You are in principle entitled to bequeath your worldly wealth to whoever you choose. However, as a High Court decision made clear, the law will intervene if you ignore your moral obligations when making your will. A successful motor dealer and property...

Council Clamps Down on Overcrowded Flats - Landlords Take Note!

The burgeoning demand for rented accommodation has encouraged some landlords to create flats which are not large enough to swing a proverbial cat. However, as a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) strikingly showed, local authorities have the power to...

Injured Whilst Holidaying Abroad? Specialist Legal Advice is Vital

If you are injured whilst holidaying abroad, obtaining just compensation can present serious difficulties. A case concerning a holidaymaker whose life was wrecked by a swimming pool accident in Ibiza showed, however, that specialist English lawyers are well...

Sale of Defective Refrigeration Unit Triggers Guideline High Court Ruling

If you have bought goods that turn out to be unfit for purpose, the general rule is that you are entitled not only to your money back but also to compensation for additional losses arising. A case on point concerned a refrigeration unit which failed,...

Watchdog Urges Employers to 'Step Up' and Fight Workplace Harassment

UK equality watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued new technical guidance for employers, to help them protect staff from sexual harassment and victimisation at work. Launching the guidance, EHRC chief executive Rebecca...

New Statutory Instrument Boosts Intestate Entitlement

A change to intestacy law recently announced by the government has increased the sum of money that spouses and civil partners of people who die without having made a will are entitled to receive. The change has been introduced via a statutory instrument...

Woman Preyed On By Religious Elder Awarded £62,000

Those who have suffered sexual abuse are entitled to expect that the perpetrator will be punished by the criminal courts – but they may also be due compensation. In one case, a junior member of a religious organisation who was raped by one of its...
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