September 2018 Archive

Brexit and trade marks: an update

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On 25 September 2018 the UK Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") updated its guidance on Brexit and its impact on trade marks, specifically EUTMs. More …

Security Tokens – Are we witnessing the merger of crypto and traditional financial markets?

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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and their tokens, have changed dramatically during the course of 2018. Back in January, Blockchain events in London were full of millennials living off appreciating cryptocurrency assets, spending their days and nights trading utility tokens from the latest ICO to hit the chatrooms of Reddit or flash up on Telegram. More …

New PPG on Build to Rent

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On 13th September the Government published a new section in its Planning Practice Guidance ("Guidance") on Build to Rent in order to simplify its treatment within the planning system and aid in the interpretation of The National Planning Policy Framework ("NPPF"). More …

Brexit: Deal or No Deal?

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Prime Minister, Theresa May has promised a settlement that “addresses the concerns of the British people about free movement, while getting the best possible deal on trade and goods in service.” But while the terms of our separation from the EU are still being negotiated, British businesses are being urged to plan now for the opportunities and risks that Brexit brings. More …

Reducing family conflict – wherever possible

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As members of Resolution, the Family team at Blake Morgan strive to reduce conflict as far as possible in all cases that are dealt with. This is often made challenging by the current law in respect of divorce. More …

Credit reference agency fined £500,000 for serious data breach

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The Information Commissioner's Office has today (20 September) issued a monetary penalty notice to credit reference agency Equifax Limited for serious breaches of data protection law. More …

Regulating the "wild west" of digital currencies, crypto-assets, ICOs and smart contracts

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The House of Commons Treasury Committee has just published its Report on Digital Currencies – or as it now prefers to call them "crypto-assets" as they are not really currencies at all, at least not at the moment. More …

Taking Care in Governance Decisions: The Charity Commission's Warning to the RSPCA

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The Charity Commission issued an Official Warning to the RSPCA on 22 August 2018, which criticised the organisation's recent decision to agree a substantial financial settlement with its former Acting Chief Executive upon his resignation in May this year. More …

Death Benefits – a positive development on the rights of cohabitees and 'common-law spouses'

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In the recent Supreme Court decision in the matter of an application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48, the UK's highest court took a big step in the right direction to strengthen the rights of cohabitees. More …

Controlling the fate of your estate

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The tragic death of businessman Richard Cousins and his family in a seaplane crash on New Year's Eve in 2017 re iterated the importance of including a "Disaster Scenario Clause" in your Will. A Disaster Scenario Clause allows you to state where you would like your estate to go if all your immediate family die at the same time as you. In the case of Richard Cousins, he named Oxfam to be his ultimate beneficiary, and they benefitted from his £41 million estate. More …