Articles and Updates

warren rachelRachel Warren, senior associate in our intellectual property team , looks at a recent case involving a dispute over the ownership of a patent (Permavent Ltd v Makin), whereby the Claimant sought an interim injunction to restrain the Defendant from disposing of, or licensing various patents and patent applications filed by the Defendant, pending the resolution of a patent entitlement dispute.

Tags: Intellectual Property2017

ROGERS Alex"I wish never to be parted from you from this day on" – Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

Until 1935 a married woman did not have the freedom to leave her estate to beneficiaries of her choice in her will.  Her husband had an interest in her property after her death, known as 'by the curtesy'. Thankfully for wives this is no longer the case; however there are significant differences in the treatment of estates for couples that are married or in a civil partnership, and couples that cohabit.

Tags: Family LawPrivate WealthAgriculture2017

COLLINGS JamesBy James Collings, partner in employment.

Whilst Christmas is generally considered a period of 'joy to the world', that isn't always true in the world of HR, with the Christmas period throwing up challenges ranging from respect for different religions in the workplace, bonus issues, and holiday booking issues to name but a few. 

Tags: Employment and Pensions2017

Jobanputra ChandiThe scale of the counterfeit problem across Europe is substantial says associate, Chandni Jobanputra in our intellectual property team. This has been illustrated by recent figures released by the EU setting out customs activity in relation to the detention and seizure of counterfeit goods and other goods which infringe intellectual property rights across the EU.

manser suziOn Friday 30 June 2017, the EU published a new regulation (2017/1128) with the catchy title of: Regulation (EU) 20171128 on cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market (the "Regulation").

Tags: Intellectual Property2017

jennifer agateBy Jennifer Agate, senior associate in our editorial team.

This article was first published on the specialist journalism website

On 19 July, in a long awaited judgment, the UK's Supreme Court rejected an application for a privacy injunction by a man caught up in the Oxford child grooming scandal.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2017

peopleIn this month's bulletin we look at what has happened in employment law over the last month in our regular in brief article. We consider what the recent Supreme Court decision on tribunal fees means for employers and we also summarise the much anticipated Taylor review which looks at how employment law, in particular staffing structures, need to change in order to reflect modern business practices. Please note there will not be a bulletin in August as we take a short break over the summer, our next regular bulletin will be in September. Read More...

Tags: Employment and Pensions2017

Many land owners ask the question whether they can put a gate across their land when a third party has a right of way over that land. The answer to that question is it depends! It depends on a number of factors such as location, nature of the gates and the degree of interference erecting a gate would cause the person with the right of way over the land. Danielle Spalding, associate and property litigation specialist, looks at a recent case and its implications.

mieville hawkins hollyThere has been some controversy about whether carers that may well sleep during their whole shift should be paid in line with the national minimum wage. Senior associate Holly Mieville-Hawkins, in Mental Capacity at Enable Law comments on the minimum wage for care staff.

Tags: Clinical NegligenceMental Capacity2017

jennifer agateA briefing written by Jennifer Agate, senior associate in our editorial team.

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At what point do you draw the line between the lawful scrutiny inherent with life in the public eye and illegal abuse? When it causes serious harm to reputation or, more seriously, legitimate fears as to safety. 

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2017