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When is a Tenant not a Tenant?

Commercial property owners are often faced with a dilemma, whether to grant access to a Tenant on a short term basis whilst a lease is agreed or whether to hold out and insist that the lease is completed. It is important that landowners/tenants are aware of the implications of agreeing early access to a Tenant, […]

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Top of the shops

In August last year I blogged about how the global superstar and renowned fashion icon Rihanna successfully brought a claim against the parent company of clothing retailer giant Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image. The case, Fenty – v – Arcadia, was the first successful celebrity case of its kind. The three Judges in […]

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Contaminated land: The perils for a property lawyer

Contaminated land is the biggest environmental issue with which property lawyers in the UK are faced today and it is estimated that 25% of UK land is contaminated. The Contaminated Land Regime (CLR) came into effect in April 2000 and applies to all land whether residential, commercial, industrial or agricultural. It also applies to controlled […]

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Bowled over and battered Blacks’n’blue

Yorkshire County Cricket Club 7 – 0 Blacks Solicitors LLP History was made at a frosty Nethermoor Park on Tuesday when Blacks Solicitors took on County Champions, Yorkshire CCC in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. A star filled line up took to the pitch with Blacks calling up retired Dutch international Ken Monkou, former […]

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Does what it says on the biscuit tin

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is the UK’s independent regulator for advertising across all media; and as such adjudicates on what is and is not acceptable in terms of advertising. The ASA has today issued new guidance to video bloggers (“vloggers”) following an investigation into five YouTube videos posted by various vloggers, all of which […]

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Off-Road Tactics with Chinese IP Infringement

Intellectual Property (IP) is an exceptionally valuable asset to many businesses, and by no means least to the car manufacturing industry. The Range Rover Evoque was launched by Jaguar Land Rover with a price tag ranging from around £30k -£50k, a price tag warranted by its “award winning design”. At the Chinese Guangzhou motor show […]

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The final case of Sherlock Holmes

On 3 November this year, one of the longest-running adventures of famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes was finally put to rest. Holmes is surely among the most famous and popular characters in the literary canon, a fact that was apparent to writers other than creator Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle even while he was still alive. French author […]

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Ticking Time Bomb for Insolvency Proceedings

The Government recently confirmed that it has no plans to extend the insolvency exemption to the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Earlier this year, R3 (Association of Business Recovery Specialists) wrote at great length on the losses creditors may face if the exemption came to an end.  Nevertheless, Justice Minister […]

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Cartier and Mont Blanc win first of its kind blocking injunction

For some time now, owners of copyright in films and music have been able to ask the court to order internet service providers (ISPs) to prevent access to websites which make available unauthorised copies of their material. A recent judgment means that trade mark owners can now do the same. The case was brought by […]

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Have I got parody for you

A new law concerning the parody of copyrighted works came into force at the start of this month and the debates as to its effect have already begun. Will it merely lead to more social comment and entertainment which incorporates parody, or will it have a wider effect by, for example, allowing more risqué forms […]

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