March 2016 Archive

When might compensation be better for a principal than indemnity?

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Under the Commercial Agents Regulations, an agent will generally be entitled to compensation or an indemnity payment on the termination of their agency contract. Unless the agency contract specifies an indemnity payment, the default position is that compensation will be payable. More …

EU Trade Mark Regulations: Changes to the interpretation of EU Trade Mark specifications

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A change will be implemented in relation to the EUIPO's interpretation of descriptions of goods and services. More …

April deadline for new law on legal highs

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Legal highs are set to become illegal on 6 April 2016 under the new Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, which received Royal Assent in January. In People Management, Stefano Damiani discusses what changes the Act makes and how employers should react when considering their policies on substance misuse. More …

HMRC: Changes to Gift Aid declarations

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As of 20 January 2016, HMRC have updated the guidance on making Gift Aid declarations for one-off donations, multiple donations and sponsored events. More …

'What's in a name': Misdescribed charities in a will

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'What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet" (Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare Act 2 Scene 2 line 43-44) More …

Franchising flourishes as revenue rockets

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British franchising businesses contributed more than £15 billion to the national economy last year, according to new figures from the latest bfa / NatWest Franchise Survey 2015 (the 30th such report). More …

Charity Commission to challenge charities not meeting their reporting requirements – "no excuses for not filing accounts"

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The Charity Commission have launched a campaign, as of January 2016, targeting those charities in default of their filing and reporting duties. More …

Changes to copyright protection for industrial designs

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The period of protection for creative designs manufactured by an industrial process has been extended from 25 years ( from the date of first marketing) to the life of the artist plus 70 years. More …

Latest guidance on injunctions from the Court of Appeal

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Since the case of Coventry v Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13 the prospect of obtaining an injunction where there has been an infringement to property rights has been less certain. More …

Balancing the rights of parents and the duties of schools

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Almost every parent will have agonised at some point about their child's education – which school should they attend, are they achieving their potential, how should they deal with any problems their child is having at school? More …