Article Category: Dispute Resolution – Insight & Opinion

What is Passing Off?

The law of passing off exists in order to prevent a business from misrepresenting its goods or services as being, or having an association with, the goods or services of another business. Whilst action for trade mark infringement can be taken where a trade mark has been registered, the law of passing off aims to… Read more »

Delays at the Probate Service

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According to a Conservative MP and probate solicitor, John Stevenson, the Probate Service is now more backlogged than it was two years ago. Despite more funding and an injection of more financial and human resources, Mr Stevenson claims that the system has deteriorated. What Is Causing Delays at the Probate Service? The alleged problems have… Read more »

Avoiding Bad Debts & Maximising Credit Control

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The current climate will inevitably result in a large number of unpaid invoices. In order to avoid this and maximise credit control, it is important to strengthen your position from the outset. Jodie Sumner, Debt Recovery Executive, provides her expert guidance on avoiding bad debts. Considerations for Unpaid Invoices When unpaid invoices are referred for… Read more »

Mediation: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution which can be a highly effective tool to bring a dispute to a conclusion (saving management time and legal costs). It can be used both before legal proceedings are commenced and at any stage of legal proceedings. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential method of Alternative Dispute… Read more »

Part 18 Request and Ed Sheeran’s Copyright Case

Recently, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran appeared in the Legal Press due to allegations that his hit song ‘Shape of You’ infringed another artist’s copyright. The other party sought further information and required answers to questions on a number of matters relevant to the Court proceedings pursuant to Part 18 of the Civil Procedure Rules. The Civil… Read more »

What You Need to Know Before Terminating an Agency Agreement

The Coronavirus has forced businesses to adapt to a new way of working and, as a result, companies are forced to review their current contracts and reorganise the way in which they do business in order to save costs where possible. We have seen an increase in the number of queries surrounding terminating a commercial… Read more »

The Public Procurement Regulations 2015 Summarised

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The announcement that two contract deals recently awarded by the Cabinet Office to a PR firm linked to Dominic Cummings has sparked outrage due to the fact that no competitive tenders were provided and therefore the process was deemed ‘biased’ by many lawyers. The contracts were not publicised by the Cabinet Office due to the… Read more »

Business Sale and Purchase Disputes

Business owners and directors are busier now more than ever due to the time-consuming effects that COVID-19 has had on the economy and the way businesses operate. However, this stress may be heightened if you are a new business owner and the business is not what it appeared to be or if you have sold… Read more »

FCA Business Insurance Test Case Verdict Announced

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On 15th September 2020, the FCA announced that it had been largely successful in its legal challenge brought against a number of insurers and their decisions to refuse coverage to small businesses claiming for COVID-19 related losses under their business interruption (BI) policies. Business Insurance Test Case Verdict Within the test case, the court considered… Read more »