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Trade mark wars: Colin v Cuthbert

Over the past week the news of Marks & Spencer suing Aldi for infringing its trade marked “Colin the Caterpillar” cake has dominated the headlines. M&S launched its beloved caterpillar-shaped chocolate cake back in the 90’s and has multiple registered trade marks over “Colin the Caterpillar”, giving it the exclusive right to use of “Colin […]

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Frustration Claims: Don’t Blame It On Brexit!

There isn’t a day that goes by where Brexit isn’t in the news, so it’s unsurprising that a tenant has attempted to use Brexit as a reason for terminating a Lease early by claiming that it has been frustrated by Brexit. The legal doctrine of frustration enables a contract to be brought to an end […]

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Have you settled without knowing it?

A recent High Court case provides a cautionary tale for those who are not careful in finalising terms of settlement. It is often tempting to avoid the expense of instructing lawyers, particularly in a dispute where it appears that a settlement can be agreed fairly swiftly. However, the case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems underlines the […]

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It’s not what you sign but the way that you sign it

In commercial dealings getting the names right can be critical and particularly in the case of when you are dealing with a company. In the recent case of Hamid v Francis Bradshaw Partnership the Court of Appeal had to decide whether a contract had been made with a company or with the person who signed […]

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