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Government obtains injunction against Insulate Britain

The Government has obtained a High Court injunction against green activists from Insulate Britain an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion who face fines or prison for blocking the M25. The High Court injunction obtained by the Government on September 22 means anyone blocking the motorway could be found to be in contempt of court, which carries a maximum penalty of…

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock to have Whatsapp and Emails searched over Covid Contracts

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock to have personal WhatsApp and emails searched in court battle over Covid test contracts

The High Court has ruled that emails and WhatsApp messages of former British Health Secretary Matt Hancock can be searched, in a court action brought by the Good Law Project group against the Department of Health and Social Care over the allegedly unlawful awarding of multi-million-pound Covid testing contracts. The case revolves around three Covid-19…

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High Court agrees to notify Prince Andrew about the lawsuit launched against him

The High Court has agreed to notify Prince Andrew about the lawsuit launched against him by former Jeffrey Epstein’s victim Virginia Giuffre. The High Court said in a statement: “The lawyers acting for Ms Giuffre have now provided further information to the High Court, and the High Court has accepted the request for service under…

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Ministry of Justice will implement a blueprint for fixed recoverable costs

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that it will implement a blueprint for fixed recoverable costs (FRC) across the fast-track and in most money cases worth up to £100,000 in a bid to reduce the cost of litigation and create more certainty about what losing parties must pay. It does not specify a date…

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Johnny Depp handed small victory in US Court as part of his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard

Johnny Depp handed small victory in US Court as part of his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard

Johnny Depp was recently handed a small victory in a US Court as part of his $50m defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Heard had petitioned to have the suit dismissed after the High Court in London ruled in favour of The Sun, in a libel trial with Depp over The Sun’s description of Depp…

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Rebekah Vardy is sues Coleen Rooney for libel over her "Wagatha Christie" statement accusing her of leaking fake stories.

Rebekah Vardy is sues Coleen Rooney for libel over her “Wagatha Christie” statement accusing her of leaking fake stories.

Rebekah Vardy has succeeded in a bid to strike out parts of Coleen Rooney’s defence which included allegations of Mrs Vardy’s close relationship with The Sun newspaper and her alleged, but denied, authorship of “The Secret Wag” column in the latest part of the ‘Wagatha Christie’ High Court libel case. However, the High Court refused to issue…

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Andrew Lloyd Webber launches legal action to force government to publish Covid pilot events results

Andrew Lloyd Webber launches legal action to force government to publish Covid pilot events results

Andrew Lloyd Webber is taking legal action against the U.K. government in a bid to force them to reveal the results of their live event pilot scheme. During the pandemic, the Events and Research Programme (ERP) had been allowing audiences to attend events such as the FA Cup Final and the BRIT Awards to gauge…

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Former BrewDog staff accuse craft beer firm of bullying at the workplace

Former BrewDog staff accuse craft beer firm of bullying at the workplace

Craft beer firm, BrewDog, has apologised to former employees who accused the company and its co-founder James Watt of fostering a “culture of fear” where workers were bullied and “treated like objects”. In an open letter former workers alleged that BrewDog’s growth resulted in cutting corners on health and safety, failing to live by its…

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Free legal advice to workers in Greater Manchester hit by the pandemic

Wrigley Claydon Solicitors provides free advice to GM workers hit hardest by the pandemic

Wrigley Claydon has partnered with The Growth Company and Citizens Advice Manchester to ensure that Greater Manchester’s workers who have been hit hardest by the pandemic can access free legal advice. During this period of uncertainty, many people across Greater Manchester are worried about their employment, from their employment rights, redundancy, pay cuts, to terms…

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Competition and Markets Authority launches action against British Airways and Ryanair

Competition and Markets Authority launches action against British Airways and Ryanair

The Competition and Markets Authority (the CMA) have stated that Ryanair and British Airways could have breached consumer law by refusing to refund customers at the height of the pandemic. Instead, they offered an option to rebook or vouchers. It said that it had opened enforcement cases into both airlines and had written to them detailing…

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Lidl loses trademark battle over lookalike gin. Intellectual Property Solicitors in Manchester

Lidl loses trademark battle over Hendrick’s gin lookalike

Lidl has been forced to temporarily stop selling a version of one of its own brand gins after being sued by the makers of Hendrick’s gin who claim a trademark has been infringed. Hendrick’s gin bottles bear a diamond-shaped label in a trademark. Lidl is defending the case and claims there are “clear and obvious…

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Joe Calzaghe boxing champion in legal dispute with his sister. Civil Litigation solicitors in Manchester, Oldham and Todmorden

Ex-boxing champion Joe Calzaghe reaches agreement in legal dispute with sister

Ex-boxing champion Joe Calzaghe has reached an agreement in legal dispute with sister Sonia Prosser who had sued him and their other sister Melissa Calzaghe, in a dispute relating to administration of their late father Enzo’s estate. Judge Jarman sitting at Cardiff County Court had been due to oversee an online hearing but lawyers representing all sides…

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Astra Zeneca legal case over vaccine. Litigation solicitors in Manchester, Oldham and Todmorden

EU prepares legal case against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls

The European Union’s executive branch has commenced legal action against AstraZeneca for breaching the terms of its contract with the EU. It holds AstraZeneca responsible for partly delaying their vaccine rollout. AstraZeneca’s contract with the EU, signed last August, foresaw an initial 300 million doses for distribution among member countries, with an option for a…

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Two hospitality bosses launch legal challenge to try to force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for pubs and restaurants indoors

Two hospitality bosses launch legal challenge to try to force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for pubs and restaurants indoors

The High Court is considering evidence in a case brought by Sacha Lord, the night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester and a co-founder of Parklife festival, and Hugh Osmond, the founder of Punch Taverns and a former boss at Pizza Express to  try to force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for…

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Marks & Spencer launches legal actions against Aldi over Colin the Caterpillar cake rival Cuthbert

Marks & Spencer launches legal actions against Aldi over Colin the Caterpillar cake rival Cuthbert

Marks & Spencer (“M&S”) has lodged an intellectual property claim with the High Court against Aldi in an effort to protect its Colin the Caterpillar cake with a claim that Aldi’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar product infringes its trademark. M&S argues that the similarity of Aldi’s product leads consumers to believe they are of the same…

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Nike is suing New York studio MSCHF and musician Lil Nas for trademark infringement over its Satan Shoes

Nike is suing New York studio MSCHF and musician Lil Nas for trademark infringement over its Satan Shoes

Nike is suing New York studio MSCHF for trademark infringement over its Satan Shoes, collaboration with musician Lil Nas X that customised 666 pairs of trainers with human blood and pentagrams. Nike said the altered shoes, which still display its signature swoosh logo, are causing people to believe “Nike is endorsing Satanism” and causing “calls to boycott” their…

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Former footballer turned agent, Barry Silkman wins £800,000 legal battle over ex-wife's estate

Former footballer turned agent, Barry Silkman wins £800,000 legal battle over ex-wife’s estate

Barry Silkman, a former Manchester city footballer turned agent, has won an £800,000 court action over his ex-wife’s estate. Mr Silkman sued Gaven Love over the Will of Ally Fuller. Mr Silkman split from Ms Fuller in 2003 and she became engaged to Mr Love in 2007. Ms Fuller died of cancer in 2016 and…

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Family of Argentinian Footballer, Emiliano Sala, to launch legal action over footballer's death

Family of Argentinian Footballer, Emiliano Sala, to launch legal action over footballer’s death

The family of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala are taking legal action against the footballer’s former club Cardiff City after his death in a plane crash on 21 January 2021. The family has commenced civil proceedings in the High Court, in order to “protect their legal rights” against 13 defendants including Cardiff City, the club Sala…

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UK High Court rules Health Minister, Matt Hancock acted unlawfully in granting Covid-19 contracts

UK High Court rules Health Minister, Matt Hancock acted unlawfully in granting Covid-19 contracts

The UK High Court has ruled that Health Minister Matt Hancock “acted unlawfully by failing to comply with the Transparency Policy” in granting Covid-19 contracts. The ruling followed a judicial review against the government’s failure to publish its contracts with private companies involved in the response to the pandemic. The government used emergency powers under…

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Qualcomm is being sued over alleged anti-competitive behavior in the UK

Qualcomm is being sued over alleged anti-competitive behavior in the UK

Consumer group Which is suing Qualcomm, a US manufacturer of computer chips, alleging that it breached UK competition law by taking advantage of its dominance in the patent-licensing and chipset market. This enabled Qualcomm to charge manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung inflated fees for technology licenses, which in turn has been passed on to…

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Retail trading app 'RobinHood' faces lawsuit against claims of market manipulation

Retail trading app ‘RobinHood’ faces lawsuit against claims of market manipulation

Retail brokerages restricted trading recently in GameStop and other stocks caused big losses for hedge funds. Free-stock trading pioneer Robinhood and Interactive Brokers said that in some cases, investors would be able to sell only their positions and not open new ones. Both brokerages raised margin requirements on certain securities. Robinhood said its decision to…

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Pearl Jam tribute band change name after legal dispute

Pearl Jam tribute band change name after legal dispute

London based tribute band Pearl Jamm have changed their name to Legal Jam after the real Pearl Jam allegedly threatened  legal proceedings against them stating that “their name, domain name and merchandise is damaging the Pearl Jam brand and causing confusion.’ According to Pearl Jamm, Pearl Jam asked them to change their name, hand over their domain…

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Liverpool Football Club win High Court Case against marketing firm which introduced them to BetVictor

Liverpool Football Club win High Court Case against marketing firm which introduced them to BetVictor

Premier League champions Liverpool won a High Court case earlier this year against betting firm Winlink Marketing after one of their senior executives introduced officials to contacts at BetVictor in 2013. This led the way for a £15m sponsorship deal with BetVictor with Winlink Marketing Limited having claimed they were owed £1.125m in commissions due to…

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Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson plans legal action after revealing he has dementia

Former England rugby player Steve Thompson revealed he can no longer remember winning the World Cup because of brain injuries he suffered playing rugby. He has  joined former England player, Michael Lipman, and ex-Wales international Alix Popham, planning legal action for negligence against World Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union, for…

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COVID-19 vaccine: UK government gives Pfizer legal indemnity to protect it from being sued

The Independent newspaper has today reported that “the UK government has granted pharmaceutical giant Pfizer a legal indemnity protecting it from being sued, enabling its coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out across the country as early as next week. The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed the company has been given an indemnity protecting it from legal action as a result…

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Economy Adviser initiates legal proceedings against the government over the closure of hospitality venues

Greater Manchester’s night-time economy adviser Sacha Lord has begun legal proceedings against the government over the closure of hospitality venues. He stated that a judicial review began on Tuesday 20 October 2020 into the legality of implementing emergency restrictions on the hospitality sector i.e. closing pubs and bars not serving food “without any evidence” it…

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Elton John’s ex-wife Renate Blauel launches legal action against singer 32 years after split

Sir Elton John and ex-wife Renate Blauel have settled a legal dispute caused by the singer’s autobiography and film Rocketman. In June 2020 Blauel alleged that John had broken the terms of the couple’s divorce deal by publicly discussing the pair’s marriage which ended in 1988. In the legal proceedings Blauel had asked for damages of approximately £3m and an injunction preventing…

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George Michael ‘s ex-boyfriend Kenny Goss in legal dispute over singers estate

George Michael ‘s ex-boyfriend Kenny Goss has reportedly commenced a legal claim pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975  for a monthly allowance of £15,000 from the late star’s estate, as he wasn’t left anything in George Michael’s will. The Act enables certain categories of people to apply to the Court and make a claim…

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Covid-19 Pandemic could result in 3,500 potentially avoidable cancer deaths

Disruption to cancer diagnosis services (referrals and routine screening) and people avoiding healthcare because of the COVID-19 pandemic could result in around 3,500 potentially avoidable deaths from the four main cancers in England by 2025, according to new research published in The Lancet Oncology journal. This may result in an increase of people suing the NHS for…

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The Gin Guild issues legal action against on producers falsely labelling products as ‘gins’

The Gin Guild has issued a pre-legal action notice to the Pentone family who produce Red Storm and Ocean Storm for wrongly labelling the spirits as ‘gin’, despite only being 29% ABV.   It now intends to secure enforcement against those seeking to abuse the name and standing of the gin category, and to ensure…

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Incredible Edible Todmorden

A community food scheme in Todmorden where fruit and vegetables are grown in public places across the town for the town’s residents to pick and eat has inspired a global movement of growers. Incredible Edible Todmorden have had gardeners take over unused or unattractive bits of public land to plant food to feed the community. It…

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Cosmetic Surgery Practitioners breaching lockdown rules to visit clients’ homes

Since the government introduced the lockdown there have been reports of cosmetic surgery practitioners have been breaching lockdown rules in order to visit their clients’ homes to give them dermal fillers and Botox injections. There are currently no rules in the UK about who can carry out the injections or what training they should have.…

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Jaguar Land Rover loses court battle over Defender trademark

On Monday 3 August 2020 a High Court judge dismissed an appeal by Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company Tata Motors to get trademark rights for the Land Rover Defender. The decision means Ineos Automotive is now free to press ahead with its Grenadier off-roader. The Grenadier, which is being bankrolled by chemical billionaire Sir Jim…

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Clint Eastwood sues CBD manufacturers for falsely claiming he endorsed products

Clint Eastwood is suing companies based in California, Florida and Michigan alleging offences include trademark infringement and false endorsement to sell products containing CBD, an ingredient derived from the cannabis plant. Online scammers claimed the actor had retired from the film industry, according to two lawsuits filed in California, and was now focusing on his…

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Uber drivers’ fight for workers’ rights reaches supreme court

Uber aims to change the ruling at the two-day hearing at the Supreme Court that previously said employees should be classified as workers in what could be a landmark decision. The legal battle began back in 2016 when an employment tribunal ruled in favour of a group of Uber drivers who requested employment protections such…

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Sister wins inheritance after Solicitor’s cat knocks over legal papers to uncover Brother’s lost will

Venetia Murray has been awarded £2m following an inheritance dispute. Venetia’ brother Dean Brunt died in 2007 and was thought not to have made a will. His share of a £6m farm he, his brother, Dale, and Venetia owned went to his mother, who then gave it to Dale. However, Venetia discovered the existence of…

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Legal action taken against Celtic Football Club regarding sexual abuse allegations

Formal legal action has begun against Celtic Football Club regarding claims it failed to protect victims from sex abusers working around Celtic Boys’ Club.   Celtic declined to answer questions put forward by the Guardian in relation to the legal action but instead referred to a statement made by the club in February, where it said: “Celtic Football…

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Supreme Court to hear Nigerian communities’ pollution claims against Shell

The UK Supreme Court will hear arguments from the Ogale and Bille communities in Nigeria that Shell should be held accountable significant and systematic pollution caused by oil extraction in the Niger delta. They say they have suffered decades of pollution, including the contamination of their water wells with potentially cancer-causing chemicals, as well as…

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New insolvency law to help businesses survive in face of ‘aggressive debt recovery’ during pandemic

Businesses struggling to stay afloat through the Covid-19 crisis could be saved by the introduction of a new Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill giving companies time to restructure, refinance and keep trading when they might otherwise go out of business because of debts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Under the rules, wrongful trading provisions will be temporarily suspended; meaning directors…

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Proposed changes to the law that limit the ability to recover compensation following injury in a road traffic accident

The Ministry of Justice has decided to exclude vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians from proposed changes to the law that will limit the ability to recover compensation following injury in a road traffic accident.   Campaigners, including British Cycling, argued that it would become almost impossible for cyclists to get legal representation…

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The Night Time Industries Association announced it is taking legal action against Hiscox

The Night Time Industries Association, which represents bars and clubs across the UK, has commenced legal action against Hiscox, alleging the insurer has refused to pay out for claims during the coronavirus pandemic. The NTIA is arranging class action against the insurer, which it said has denied liability under its business interruption policy. All night…

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Coronavirus: Watchdog threatens legal action on holiday and wedding refunds

Firms that fail to refund people for holiday and weddings cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak could face legal action by the consumer watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) The CMA said the holiday vouchers being offered can only be used during a more expensive period, while wedding venues are telling people to claim…

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Conor McGregor loses three-year legal battle with clothing brand

MMA fighter Conor McGregor’s application to register the name ‘Conor McGregor’ as a trademark for the sale of clothing across the EU has been rejected by the European Union Intellectual Property Office at Alicante in Spain. EUIPO upheld an objection by a Dutch clothing firm, McGregor IP BV against the application. It sells clothing under…

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Scottish football club Hearts’ threat to take SPFL to court if they’re relegated

Scottish football club Hearts’ threat to take legal action against the Scottish Premier Football League if Hearts are relegated before the 2019/20 season is completed was last night branded “absolute nonsense” by Stewart Gilmour, the former St Mirren chairman who served on the old SPL board . Hearts were the bottom of the Premiership when…

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Australian Cricketer Mitchell Starc Sues Insurance Company Over IPL Contract Payment

Australia bowler Mitchell Starc could lose his IPL payout of $1.53 million after the opposition lawyers claimed that the leg-injury which ruled him out of the 2018 season was not sudden or unexpected. Kolkata Knight Riders bought Starc for $1.8 million in the auctions. However, Starc was unable to play any game for the franchise…

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“Jack’s Law” Paid bereavement leave for Parents who suffer the loss of a child under 18

The UK is about to be the first country in the world to allow parents who suffer the loss of a child under the age of 18 years, to take paid bereavement leave. Following a campaign by Lucy Hurd “Jack’s law” will be introduced from April. Lucy’s son Jack died aged just 23 months when…

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Former Liverpool FC Captain, Steven Gerrard wins legal battle against sportswear firms

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has won a legal battle with two Italian sportswear firms, Lotto and Errea who tried to block his clothing range called SCG. The clothing range is a partnership between Gerrard and former club Liverpool who applied to register SGG Apparel as a trademark in the UK to protect the brand. Lotto…

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Councils Appeal High Court Ruling On Traveller Ban

The Court of Appeal has heard a landmark case which could have wide-ranging implications on whether local authorities can use injunctions to place a blanket ban on Travellers camping on public land.  London Gypsies and Travellers (LGT) argues that such court orders are discriminatory, disproportionate, and effectively criminalise a centuries-old way of life. Anyone found breaching…

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Singing for the brain

It is a well-known fact that singing helps many people with dementia. It is not only helpful for people with dementia but generally boosts and improves mental well-being. At this time of year there are many opportunities to have a good old-fashioned sing song . Oldham Metro are this Saturday holding their annual carol concert…

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Economic Abuse

(Since this blog was prepared, the Law Society Gazette has reported that unfortunately “Domestic Abuse legislation will fall…as a result of next month’s general election”) More and more we are seeing clients who have been the victim of a financially controlling partner. It is not always evident to a client that they may have been…

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Unfair Probate Fee Hike Scrapped

The Government has thankfully abandoned plans to increase the probate fees which would have seen a rise from the current fixed fee of £155 (with a solicitor) or £255 to a sliding scale of up to £6000 depending on the size of the state. Several organisations including the Law Society vigorously campaigned against the proposed…

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Glasgow Coma Scale

The Glasgow coma scale (GCS) is a tool used to assess and calculate a patient’s level of consciousness. It was developed in 1974 by two neurosurgeons in Glasgow and is continued to be used today.   The GCS was initially used to assess the level of consciousness in patients after head injury, but the scale…

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Liverpool FC fail in move to trademark the word ‘Liverpool’

Liverpool FC’s attempt to trademark the word “Liverpool” has been rejected by the government’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) due to the “geographical significance” of the city. The trademark attempt sparked outrage within the club’s own fanbase, as well as the Liverpool mayor. Liverpool FC said: they would “continue to aggressively pursue those large-scale operations which seek to illegally…

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Rita Ora admits she ‘feared for her career’ during legal battle with her former record label, Roc Nation, which is owned by Jay Z

Singer Rita Ora has recently stated that she ‘feared for her career’ during her legal battle with her former record label, Roc Nation, which is owned by Jay Z, who signed her in 2008.   The court case prohibited Rita Ora from making music for five years. In December 2015 she had filed a lawsuit to…

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french international footballer nabil fekir’s ex-agent jean-pierre bernes has taken legal action against fekir

French international footballer Nabil Fekir’s ex-agent takes legal action against Fekir

French international footballer Nabil Fekir’s ex-agent Jean-Pierre Bernes has taken legal action against Fekir due to “premature termination of the contract” between the agent and the footballer. Fekir claimed that Liverpool told lies about the real reason for his collapsed move to Anfield last summer but has been called out by Jean-Pierre Bernes. The ex-agent said: “He has…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

On 10th September every year World Suicide Prevention Day is observed. The aim is to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world and locally since 2003. The International Association for Suicide Prevention collaborates with the World Health Organisation and the World Federation for Mental Health. According to the…

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s third-richest man involved in planning battle

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s third-richest man is involved in another planning row with neighbours over plans for a caretaker’s cottage to maintain his £6million New Forest holiday home. He had previously overcome a six-year battle against neighbours, officials and conservationists over his plans, which were rejected five times.   Work eventually started last year but…

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Mamadou Sakho sues WADA for £13m over drug test error

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho is suing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for £13m after accusing them of a drug test-error that ended his career at Liverpool. Sakho was provisionally banned for 30 days on April 28 2016 after being notified by European football’s governing body, UEFA, of an anti-doping offence relating to a test taken after March’s…

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debt recovery solicitor

Customers who do not pay on time reduce your profits and can put your business at risk.

Chasing these debts can be highly time consuming and frustrating, taking you away from the vital job of running your business. However, with the right legal support, it is often possible to recover business debts quickly and cost-effectively, unlocking vital funds for your business, while saving you a lot of time and stress. Our Debt…

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Britney Spears' father sues social media blogger for defamation

Britney Spears’ father sues Free Britney blogger for defamation over conservatorship comments

Singer Britney Spears father, Jamie Spears is suing a blogger, Anthony Elia, creator of the Absolutely Britney blog and social media accounts, for claiming that he has been mistreating his daughter. Britney Spears was committed to a conservatorship in 2008 after her mental health breakdowns, which means that her father is legally responsibility for her…

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Family Solicitors in Oldham, Manchester and Todmorden

Children and Separation

In March this year, Jack Osbourne, finalised his Divorce from wife Lisa.  Jack was spotted out and about in LA with 2 of his 3 children he shares with his ex-wife. Minnie, his 1 year old did not accompany dad on the outing.   Jack, the son of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, held hands together with…

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Handwritten Wills found in Aretha Franklin’s home

Following the recent discovery of handwritten Wills being found in Aretha Franklin’s home last month, her family has been arguing with each other over the validity and requests of Wills allegedly handwritten by Franklin before she passed away in 2018. . One of the Wills named her youngest son, Kecalf Franklin as the executor of her…

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Airbnb threatens Scots firm Hairbnb with legal action in trademark row

Airbnb threatens legal action against Scots firm Hairbnb in trademark row

Airbnb has threatened legal action against a Scots firm named Hairbnb, which offers holiday homes for dogs. It connects licensed dog sitters, boarders and walkers with people who need their pets looked after. Allan Ritchie set up the dog boarding business in 2018 and applied for a trademark from the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Airbnb were given…

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An Australian shoe company has been ordered to pay $450,000 to Deckers, the maker of the UGG boot

Australian Leather, an Australian shoe company has been ordered to pay $450,000 to Deckers, the maker of the UGG boot. A jury for the US District Court found 12 pairs of sheepskin-lined boots sold by Australian Leather infringed US-based Decker’s ‘UGG’ trademarks. Deckers first filed an action against Australian Leather in 2016, asking the US court to limit the…

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Iceland (The Country) Wins Trademark Dispute Against Iceland (The Supermarket)

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has invalidated the UK-based supermarket chain Iceland Foods Ltd EU-wide trademark for the word “Iceland” in 2014. It may not register a trademark on the word “Iceland” within the European Union following the Icelandic authorities who sued to have invalidated on the basis of being far too broad…

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Divorce Reform

“AT LAST” – DIVORCE REFORM

The Government have “At Last” announced their intention to review the current procedure on divorce to consider introducing the “No fault Divorce” which would make the whole divorce process quicker and less confrontational. This will undoubtedly reduce the acrimony connected with the divorce process. Under the current procedure anyone wanting to start divorce proceedings must…

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International Day of Families 2019

International Day of Families 2019

As the 15th May was International Day of the Family, it seemed the ideal time to provide details on how Wrigley Claydon can assist your family in difficult times. The breakdown of a relationship can be emotionally distressing for all involved, especially for the children who in the majority of cases are exposed to conflict…

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Kellogs loses trademark opposition

The UKIPO rejects Kellogg’s trade mark opposition

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has rejected a trademark opposition brought by the Kellogg Company against British brewery Fuller’s.   In June 2018, Kellogg’s filed an opposition to Fuller’s ‘Fruit Loop’ mark for a seasonal summer beer, which Kellogg’s claimed infringed its EU trademark for its breakfast cereal brand Froot Loops. Kellogg’s claimed that the…

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High Court employs ‘intention to target’ approach to determine application of EU/UK law in online trade mark infringement case

The High Court recently issued a judgment concerning determination of the law applicable to online trade mark infringements in the case of Easygroup Ltd v Easy Fly Express Ltd & Chowdhury. The Claimant, easyGroup is the proprietor of the word mark EASYJET and the word easyFlights. The two Defendants’, Mr Chowdhury and his company Easy…

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Celebrity Break-ups

2019 is well underway and so it has seen many celebrities separating and filing for divorce including Toni Braxton and Birdman, Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie, Lady Gaga and Christian Carino and Nicholas Cage and Erika Koike who reportedly submitted an application for annulment. Cage has been married three times before. In the latest…

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Marc Jacobs Wants Nirvana’s Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed

Lawyers for fashion designer Marc Jacobs have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit made against him by the estate of the band Nirvana, which accuses him of copyright infringement. The designer’s collection features a cartoon “smiley face” similar to the one used by Nirvana as their logo, along with the word “Heaven” printed in the distinctive typeface used…

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Aberdeen FC loses trademark battle over ‘Dons Dram’ whisky

Aberdeen FC have lost a court battle with a Spanish sherry-maker, Sandeman over the right to call their brand of Scotch whisky the ‘Dons Dram’ – because Sandeman owns the copyright. Aberdeen FC, nicknamed The Dons, launched the blended whisky and applied to register the name Dons Dram as a trademark to protect its brand, however, Sandeman objected.…

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High Court granted permission to bring a claim under the Inheritance Act despite it being issued some 25 years after the deadline

In Bhusate v Patel & Ors  the High Court granted permission to the claimant bring a claim under the Inheritance Act despite it being issued some 25 years after the deadline for doing so, after the Claimant demonstrated ‘compelling reasons’ why it was right and proper that the court should exercise its discretion in her favour. The Inheritance…

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Janelle Monáe accused by fashion designer of wearing ‘copied’ outfit

Nange Magro, a London-based fashion designer has said her costume designs have been plagiarised for Janelle Monáe’s recent Grammy awards performance. Magro posted images on Instagram comparing designs she made in 2015 with those worn by Monáe on stage at the Grammys. She said “ I am flattered to be an inspiration for this amazing artist,…

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The Law Society has recently provided some further guidance in cases where a Will is disputed.

The Law Society has recently provided some further guidance in cases where a Will is disputed. If you’re leaving a will or a relative of yours has left a will, it could be open to being contested or challenged. The situations in which someone can challenge a will aren’t always straightforward. In England there are…

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McDonald's lose copyright appeal

Supermac’s wins landmark battle against McDonald’s

On Tuesday, Supermac’s, a fast-food chain in Ireland won a landmark legal battle against McDonald’s over the use of trademarks. Supermac’s Managing Director, Pat McDonagh earned his nickname Supermac in the 1960s due to his performances in Gaelic football. Supermac’s persuaded the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to cancel McDonald’s use of the “Big Mac” trademark. The…

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January is always a busy time for Divorce lawyers and today is the day that more people start Divorce proceedings than any other day in the year.

Today is “Divorce day”!

January is always a busy time for Divorce lawyers and today is the day that more people start Divorce proceedings than any other day in the year. HM Courts and Tribunal Service received 455 online Divorce applications between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day with 13 (unlucky for some) submitted on Christmas day itself. The…

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British microchip-maker Imagination Technologies calls off legal action against Apple

British microchip-maker Imagination Technologies have called off a threatened ­legal action against Apple over a dispute regarding its graphics technology. In 2017 it emerged that Apple planned to design its own iPhone graphics processors instead of using ­Imagination’s designs. Imagination’s shares crashed and eventually it was sold off to Canyon Bridge for £550m. Imagination had started…

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End the blame game

Last month from the 26th to the 30th of November was “Good Divorce Week” (is there really such a thing?!) which fell during the governments divorce law consultation. Our divorce law is now over 50 years old. There are over 100,000 couples who start Divorce proceedings each year. You may know that unless you have…

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Scotland is set to become the first country in the world with a minimum price for alcohol sales

Scotland is set to become the first country in the world with a minimum price for alcohol sales after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other drinks manufacturers, who argued that the policy was “disproportionate” and illegal under European law.   It brings to a close a five-year legal…

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FirstGroup Suffer Huge £327m Loss

FirstGroup chief executive Tim O’Toole has stepped down with “immediate effect”, after the bus and train operator reported a huge full-year loss. The company said lost £327m in the year to 31 March, compared with a profit of £152.6m last year. The group also runs South Western Railway, the Heathrow Airport Connect service and First…

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James Campbell, the only son of his late mother Sarah who was told by his late mother ‘it’s all yours’ is defeding a High Court claim for over half of his inheritance of £725,000 by his mother’s last boyfriend, Andrew Banfield.

James Campbell, the only son of his late mother Sarah who was told by his late mother ‘it’s all yours’ is defeding a High Court claim for over half of his inheritance of £725,000 by his mother’s last boyfriend, Andrew Banfield. James Campbell also claims that this mother’s will, drawn up 14 years before her…

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The National Audit Office have warned that law chiefs will fail to complete their digital courts revolution in time and on budget

The National Audit Office have warned that law chiefs will fail to complete their digital courts revolution in time and on budget. It says HM Courts & Tribunals Services faces a ‘daunting challenge’ in meeting target for technological and cultural change. The Ministry of Justice wants to vastly reduce the number of physical court hearings, cut…

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District Judge Read has publicly criticised the lack of funding for a woman alleging rape and sexual assault

District Judge Read has publicly criticised the lack of funding for a woman alleging rape and sexual assault against her ex-husband, suggesting it may have resulted in a miscarriage of justice. The family court at Middlesbrough heard details of the allegations from the woman in a case to decide what contact her 10-year-old daughter should…

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No “special treatment” for LiP as judge weighs interests of represented party and the public

A litigant in person (LiP) is not to be given “special treatment” as the rules in that part of the law that his case concerns, are neither hard to find nor “particularly difficult to understand”, the High Court has ruled. His Honour Judge Paul Matthews, sitting in Bristol said the interests of the represented party…

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Adam Lennon, head of family modernisation and improvement at HM Courts & Tribunals Service, told a Westminster Legal Policy Forum that enabling people to apply for a divorce online could eliminate up to 13,000 hours of time spent by court staff checking divorce petitions

Adam Lennon, head of family modernisation and improvement at HM Courts & Tribunals Service, told a Westminster Legal Policy Forum that enabling people to apply for a divorce online could eliminate up to 13,000 hours of time spent by court staff checking divorce petitions. Lennon spent years in the courts service issuing divorce petitions. He…

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Consumer champion and the journalist behind ‘MoneySavingExpert’ Martin Lewis, is suing Facebook for defamation

Consumer champion and the journalist behind ‘MoneySavingExpert‘ Martin Lewis, is suing Facebook for defamation after it failed to tackle “dodgy” adverts that used his face and website to sell dubious financial products. Lewis claims that Facebook has failed to remove or prevent the adverts from appearing on its site. He also claims that the false adverts are not only…

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Sue internet giants over ‘online crime’, urges Chief Constable

Victims of crime who believe that they were facilitated by online platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube, should sue the social media in the civil courts, according to Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police. Sawyer, was quoted in the Sunday Times newspaper. He claimed that the internet has become “a safe space for organised crime”,…

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A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court

A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court – but a second man’s attempt to have embarrassing search results about him deleted has failed. The two men were referred to as NT1 and NT2 during the trial. Both had sued Google under data protection laws…

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Online retailer, Shop Direct plans to close its distribution centres in Greater Manchester

Online retailer Shop Direct, which owns Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com will close its distribution centres in Shaw, Little Hulton and Raven in Greater Manchester. It does, however, plan to build a new warehouse in the East Midlands employing 500 people, but said redundancies were likely putting nearly 2,000 jobs at risk. The new site will be…

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The Federation of Small Businesses is warning its members could struggle because of a planned rise in business rates and the National Living Wage.

In April, the amount companies in England pay in business rates will change for the second year in a row. It follows a major revaluation by the government, which was introduced in 2017. It saw some bills going up, and others going down. Many retailers have closed down stores and a number of High Street…

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Children affected by a family break-up will be helped to stay in contact with their grandparents

Children affected by a family break-up will be helped to stay in contact with their grandparents under reforms being contemplated by ministers in Scotland. They are considering a legal presumption that children stay in touch after a divorce or separation. At present, grandparents have no legal entitlement to their grandchildren. Currently, grandparents in Scotland can…

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Marks and Spencer is planning to close 14 stores and cut hundreds of jobs.

The six stores to close in April are Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Durham, Fforestfach in Swansea, Putney and Redditch. Staff have been offered jobs in nearby stores. The closure of another eight shops has been proposed, which will affect 468 staff. The eight stores are: Andover, Basildon, Bridlington, Denton outlet store, Falmouth, Fareham, Keighley and Stockport. It…

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Phone-hacking allegations against both The Sun and the now defunct News Of The World are due to be heard at the High Court.

Phone-hacking allegations against both The Sun and the now defunct News Of The World are due to be heard at the High Court. The latest round of the long-running litigation involves four individuals – including comedian Vic Reeves, and Coronation Street actor Jimmi Harkishin. The others are TV presenter Kate Thornton and talent manager Chris…

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Shares in photo firm Eastman Kodak soared nearly 120% after it revealed plans to mint its own crypto-currency, the KodakCoin.

The US firm said it was teaming up with London-based Wenn Media Group to carry out the initial coin offering (ICO). It is part of a blockchain-based initiative to help photographers control their image rights. Kodak is the latest in a series of companies to see its value jump after revealing plans for blockchain-related activity.…

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Government consultation paper plans to protect consumers from unresolved debts

A government consultation paper plans to protect consumers from unresolved debts stemming from unfair county court judgments (CCJs) in a move to tackle concerns about ‘rogue companies’ such as parking enforcement businesses. Concerns were raised that some companies are deliberately sending claims to incorrect addresses. This can severely impact credit ratings and the issue may…

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High Court battle for Monarch Airlines slots

Monarch Airlines has lost its High Court battle against Airport Co-ordination Limited’s (“ACL”) decision not to allocate certain take-off and landing slots to Monarch for next summer. Monarch wanted to exchange with other carriers to raise cash for creditors. The slots cover Manchester, Gatwick, Birmingham, Luton and Leeds-Bradford airports. The airline ceased trading last month…

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New multi-purpose high technology court complex to open in London

A multi-purpose high technology court complex will replace all of the City of London’s courts apart from the Old Bailey under plans announced by HM Courts and Tribunals Service. The aim is to preserve London’s position as an international dispute resolution centre. The court will specialise in fraud, economic and cyber-crime and will also take on…

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Lord Chief Justice “further court closures are almost certain”

The Lord Chief Justice has told MPs that further court closures are almost certain as the justice system moves towards a digitised future. Lord Thomas said the closures are politically controversial but may be necessary to best deploy resources. The Government has almost finished its programme of 86 closures of courts and tribunals throughout England…

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“triple talaq” declared unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court

An Islamic practice permitting men to instantly divorce their wives has been declared unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court after decades of campaigning by women’s groups and victims. The “triple talaq” has allowed Muslim men to dissolve marriages by pronouncing the word “divorce” three times. The Supreme Court in Delhi took up the issue last year…

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Profit slum for Sports Direct – our commercial solicitors look into why…

Profits at Sports Direct have plummeted nearly 60%, which the firm said was largely due to the weaker pound. Pre-tax profit fell to £113.7m from £275.2m in 2016 because of “currency movements and increased depreciation charges”. Chief executive and the owner of Newcastle Football Club, Mike Ashley, said it had now taken steps to “minimise…

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Jones awarded $9.4m from Jackson estate in financial dispute case

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled that Michael Jackson’s estate owes producer Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from Billie Jean, Thriller and more of the star’s biggest hits. The award was short of the $30 million the producer sought in the lawsuit filed nearly four years ago, but well above the approximately…

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Bankruptcy for former tennis ace Becker

Former three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by the Bankruptcy and Companies Court. The bankruptcy application was made by Arbuthnot Latham, firm of private bankers. Becker’s lawyers asked for a final chance to pay with the funds from re-mortgaging a property in Majorca, however, the court registrar said there was not enough…

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Corporate manslaughter cases set to rise warn commercial litigation solicitors

Organisations increasingly face investigation for corporate manslaughter and the number of convictions is expected to dramatically increase in the coming years. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) 2007 made it easier to secure convictions against organisations for their liability for workplace deaths. An organisation can be convicted of someone’s manslaughter if its mismanagement…

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