GDPR – ICO Launches Helpline for Small Businesses

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The clock is ticking fast regarding compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be fully enforced from 25 May 2018, with severe penalties for non-compliance. The GDPR represents a significant compliance burden for almost all UK businesses, as even small businesses hold important personal information. If you have not already started your […]

01/10/2017 by MrFinch

Clothing Company Wins Right to Trade Mark Internet Blogger’s Pseudonym

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Online bloggers can build up phenomenal followings that can be monetized through advertising and endorsements. In a guideline decision, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has considered the extent to which their names, or very often the pseudonyms under which they operate, can be protected by trade marks. The case concerned a young blogger who, going […]

28/09/2017 by MrFinch

Dormant Trade Marks – Use Them Or Lose Them!

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Trade marks that are not put to good use merely clog up the register and have been likened to abandoned vessels in the shipping lanes of commerce. In one case on point, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) stripped a classic car company of a valuable mark that it had not used for years. The mark […]

27/09/2017 by MrFinch

It’s Good To Be Trusting – But Important Agreements Should Be In Writing!

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It is good to be trusting, particularly of loved ones, but, where a great deal is at stake, it really does make sense to get agreements in writing. In one case, a woman’s claim that her ex-partner promised to give her half his property business failed due to a lack of documentary evidence that any […]

27/09/2017 by MrFinch

GDPR – ICO Consults on Written Contracts

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaces the EU Data Protection Directive, is a comprehensive data protection regime aimed at achieving a high level of security of network and information systems across the EU and giving individuals greater control over their own personal data. The GDPR will apply to all EU member states from […]

27/09/2017 by MrFinch

Statistics Wrongly Ignored in Airline Purser Employment Case

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Statistics do not have the best reputation – often being equated with ‘damned lies’ – but they can be of critical relevance to employment proceedings. That was certainly so in one case concerning a part-time airline purser who was alleged to have been less favourably treated than her full-time colleagues. The woman had worked full […]

26/09/2017 by MrFinch

How the Law of Confidentiality Protects Entrepreneurs – High Court Ruling

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Entrepreneurs intent on raising money with a view to commercial exploitation of their ideas inevitably have to disclose detailed business plans to those they hope will provide finance. Such disclosures are not without risk but one High Court case illustrated how the law of confidentiality can provide protection. A company was seeking finance in order […]

22/09/2017 by MrFinch

Watch Out! Assurances Given to Employees Can Have Contractual Force!

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Promises made and assurances given to employees can have contractual force, so it is vital not to make such commitments without taking legal advice. That point was made by one case in which a council went back on an assurance that a group of workers would have the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy. The […]

22/09/2017 by MrFinch

Engaged in International Trade? Watch Out for Language Barriers!

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Those engaged in international trade obviously have to confront language barriers and, as one High Court case showed, it is no good sitting on your hands if you receive documents in a language that you do not understand. A UK company had contracted with a Russian company to supply materials to be used in the […]

20/09/2017 by Malc

Consumer Claims Agglomeration Legitimate – Landmark High Court Ruling

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In a ground-breaking decision, the High Court has upheld the legitimacy of the growing number of companies that specialise in taking over legal claims by disgruntled consumers and pursuing them, en bloc, against alleged wrongdoers. The case concerned one such company that had taken assignment from a number of members of the public of their […]

19/09/2017 by MrFinch