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What are Your Legal Rights if Somebody has Stolen your Idea or Product?

Posted on 28th February 2018 in Intellectual Property

The definition of intellectual property is: ‘any type of intangible property that is a result of creativity’. This covers designs, logos, and artistic or literary, works as well as inventions. If you suspect another person or business of infringing on your intellectual property, you could take legal action.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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How a 999 Year Lease Could in Fact be an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

Posted on 22nd February 2018 in Residential Property

An assured shorthold tenancy (“AST”) is traditionally used by buy-to-let landlords when granting a tenancy of a residential property and will commonly be for a period of between six to twelve months.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Certificate of Lawfulness Appeal For Static Caravans on Touring Site Dismissed

Posted on 14th February 2018 in Parks

In a recent appeal case, the Appellant failed to convince an Inspector to grant a certificate of lawfulness for the siting of 25 static caravans on an existing caravan site.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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What is Cauda Equina?

Posted on 12th February 2018 in Medical Negligence

The cauda equina is a collection of spinal nerves and nerve roots below the tapered end of the spinal cord, or conus medullaris. It consists of the second through to the fifth lumbar nerve pairs, all sacral nerve pairs and the coccygeal nerve. These nerve roots are called cauda equina nerve roots because early anatomists thought they looked like a horse’s tail. Cauda Equina is Latin for “horse’s tail”.  The cauda equina nerves control bladder and bowel, sexual function, sensation in the groin area and motor function throughout the legs.

Posted by

Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

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Domestic Violence – General

Posted on 24th January 2018 in Family Law

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, often known as Clare’s Law, was rolled out across England and Wales on 8th March 2014. It is designed to provide victims with information that may protect them from an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy. The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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How to Start a Divorce in the UK

Posted on 17th January 2018 in Family Law

If you have reached the decision your marriage is at an end and are looking at commencing divorce proceedings, this can appear to be a stressful and confusing task. However, submitting a Divorce Petition should not be a daunting process.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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How to oppose a trade mark application

Posted on 08th January 2018 in Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Office will usually send the owner of a registered trade mark a letter giving notice that an application has been received for the registration of a similar trade mark. This is usually the first they will have heard of the competitor.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Pensions

Posted on 03rd November 2017 in Family Law

Often a pension can be a valuable asset to take into account, particularly when one spouse is contributing a lot more into their pension fund. Irrespective of who the pension belongs to, it is still a marital asset and will be treated as any other asset would be, and it must be considered in divorce proceedings.

Posted by

Caroline Ryan

Consultant Solicitor

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Will the GDPR Require New Consent From Existing Customers?

Posted on 13th October 2017 in Intellectual Property

We are often asked if businesses need to ask their existing contacts to opt-in to receive marketing communications again once the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018. This an important decision, the consequences for getting it wrong can include reputational damage and significant fines by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Non-Molestation Orders

Posted on 12th October 2017 in Family Law

A Non-Molestation Order can be applied to put a stop to domestic abuse to help protect you and to ensure the safety and wellbeing and health of you and your children. Domestic abuse can include the following:

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Divorce Costs Order

Posted on 10th October 2017 in Family Law

The term ‘divorce costs’ can be unclear and, to the person being asked to pay those costs, it can be confusing.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Armed Forces Pensions Solicitors

Posted on 28th September 2017 in Family Law

Since the early 1970’s the Courts have been required to take into account the value of any pension held by both parties to a divorce in determining their financial settlement. However, before the introduction of pension sharing, it was not possible to transfer either the value of the pension benefit or the benefits themselves from the scheme member who owned the benefits to another person.

Posted by

Caroline Ryan

Consultant Solicitor