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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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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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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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Airbus profits fall amid continued problems and “contractual capabilities”

Airbus’ profits have fallen due to continued problems with certain projects. Airbus stated that there were still issues over “meeting contractual capabilities” securing export orders, cost cutting, and commercial exposure. It also said that technical problems with engines for its new A320neo aircraft were still to be resolved. The warnings came as Airbus posted quarterly…

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Contract dispute between Sports Direct and Rangers FC

Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner billionaire Mike Ashley has won the latest round of a High Court fight with Rangers Football Club over a merchandise deal said to result in the Rangers getting about 7p of every £1 spent. Sports Direct group say Rangers’ directors wrongly terminated a contract through which branded products, including…

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Professional negligence case finds against property agent and lawyer who failed to provide purchase deeds

A recent judgement has been made in the professional negligence case of Adams v Atlas International Property Services Ltd which saw many individuals lose their homes which they had purchased during the Spanish property boom. Purchasers in England had bought property in Spain after seeing adverts placed by English agents for the developer and who…

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Divorce for Johansson as marriage “irretrievably broken” say family lawyers

Actress Scarlett Johansson filed for divorce from French journalist Romain Dauriac in New York on grounds of “the marriage being irretrievably broken.” She requested joint legal custody and residential custody of the couple’s 2-year- old daughter. The couple married in 2014. The court documents ask for the enforcement of a prenuptial agreement. This is the…

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Hepburn’s sons fail to agree how to split late mum Audrey’s memorabilia

The late actress Audrey Hepburn, who died in 1993, left memorabilia including hats, scarves, jewellery, posters, costumes, photos, scripts and awards, which caused a dispute between her two sons, Sean Ferrer and his half-brother Luca Dotti who each wanted a tangible piece of their late mother. Hepburn had left her sons a 50/50 cut of…

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maintenance payments

Increased maintenance payments for ex wife who invested money ‘unwisely’…

Maria Mills received a £230,000 lump sum along with £1,100 monthly maintenance payments when she split from her husband Graham after 13 years of marriage. But since the divorce in 2002 Mrs Mills invested the money ‘unwisely’ in London properties, landing herself in debt because of her ‘poor’ decisions. Mr Mills argued he ‘should not…

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Multi-million pound legal battle for estranged husband and wife behind tiger charity

Chinese conservationist Li Quan and estranged husband Stuart Bray, a banker from America, who founded a charity called Save Chinese Tigers before their marriage broke down have returned to court for another round of litigation in their multi-million-pound legal fight. For three years, they have been embroiled in a legal battle. Ms Li claims that…

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Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney

Tragic case of PC Paul Briggs highlights the need for Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney

The recent case of ‘right to die’ policeman Paul Briggs, highlights the need for people of all ages to have in place a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney. PC Briggs, 43, was involved in a head-on collision on his motorcycle on his way to work for Merseyside Police in July 2015. He suffered several…

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Remaining friends after a split – our separation solicitors wonder is it possible?

The actor Laurence Fox, who earlier this year divorced actress Billie Piper, has split with model Vogue Williams, the ex-wife of former Westlife singer Brian McFadden. This is the actor’s first festive period he spends without his two sons. The actor said, “We’re just really great mates. We have always just been good mates before…

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Robbie Williams and Jimmy Page locked in planning application neighbour dispute

Robbie Williams, the former Take That singer is in dispute with rock and roll legend neighbour Jimmy Page after the Led Zeppelin founder objected to William’s plans over fears it could damage his nearby Grade-I listed home. Williams bought the £17million property from the family of late film director Michael Winner in December 2013, but…

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Oldham Conveyancing solicitors receive custom cupcakes!

Our Oldham conveyancing solicitors were thrilled to receive a lovely surprise this week from a grateful client. Conveyancing exec Tracy Rostern was sent a box of conveyancing themed cupcakes from a recent customer! The unique and unexpected gift was from husband and wife Rabnawaz and Saima Inayat, who Tracy assisted with a conveyancing transaction. They left a…

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The successful appeal of Metroline in an employment tribunal sounds a new note says employment law solicitor

Mr Ibrahim Ajaj was an employee at Metroline West Ltd (“Metroline”) for 10 years and was dismissed for gross misconduct for deceptively alleging that he could no longer perform his duties after an injury at work. His allegation was supported by an occupational health advisor and physiotherapist. However Metroline decided to covertly survey him and…

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Neighbour dispute concerning overgrown trees

A millionaire businessman has been ordered to chop down 80ft trees in the grounds of his mansion after a neighbour dispute that they blocked out sunlight and could crush their homes. James Turnbull’s £1.4million estate borders a row of gardens in the upmarket village of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. Neighbours claimed the trees were ruining their properties and stopping…

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Will dispute solicitors Manchester

Advice on contesting a Will from our Will dispute solicitors

Actress Lynda Bellingham, who starred in the long running Oxo TV adverts and panelist on Loose Women, died in 2014. In her will she left everything to her husband, Michael Pattemore. Ms Bellingham’s two sons have criticised Mr Pattemore for ‘disrespecting their mother’s memory’ since her death. The sons stated they are in the process of challenging…

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Intellectual Property solicitors Oldham

Possible Intellectual Property case for Fawlty Towers actor John Cleese

Actor John Cleese says he may sue an Australian theatre company for its “shameless rip-off” of Fawlty Towers. The actor said that the Faulty Towers Dining Experience did not seek permission to use the show’s title, themes or characters and had not received royalties from the show, which reportedly makes almost $2m (£1m) a year. He stated, “Seems…

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Civil litigation solicitors Oldham warn of Crash for Cash scams

Birmingham has been ranked as England’s “Crash for Cash” capital by research carried out by Aviva. Crash for Cash scams are run by fraudsters who manufacture collisions, sometimes with innocent road users, hoping to profit from fraudulent insurance claims. The research also showed that Oldham was in the top 10 hotspots. If you have been in an…

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Debt recovery Todmorden

The Late Payment Legislation exists to protect all businesses but particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are most vulnerable to financial burden as a result of late payments. Late payments for any business can cause trading difficulties and so the Late Payment Directive’s ethos of paying on time being the norm, and late payment…

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Life Stories – a new opera by Tim Benjamin

Antony Brannick, Family Law specialist at our Todmorden office is at it again… Following the recent hugely successful staging of Handel’s Messiah in aid of the Calderdale flood relief efforts, musical director of Todmorden Choral Society Antony isn’t resting on his laurels; he’s straight onto his next performance. Three centuries apart, two lives and two deaths: lives…

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Wrigley Claydon mean business as they recruit a new commercial solicitor

In a move that signals not only growth for the practice, but perhaps also for Oldham’s business sector as a whole, Wrigley Claydon have bolstered their Commercial Department with the appointment of a new assistant commercial solicitor. Soibilate Iketubosin has joined the practice to support the growing portfolio of corporate clients Wrigley Claydon looks after.…

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Accessing personal messages at work advice from Oldham employment law solicitor

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled recently the dismissal of a Romanian worker in breach of his employer’s company policy was lawful. Bogdan Barbulescu, who was sacked in 2007 for sending personal emails from his work account, argued that his employer had breached his right to a private life by reading his emails. On instructions from his…

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Calder Valley Flood Appeal concert featuring Wrigley Claydon Todmorden solicitor

As you will all no doubt be aware the Calder Valley was badly hit by the Boxing Day floods. Many properties in Todmorden were flooded. Musical Director of the Todmorden Choral Society, Antony Brannick, an Associate Family Solicitor at our Todmorden office, is conducting a very special performance of Handel’s oratorio Messiah, with the Todmorden Orchestra. Proceeds…

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New divorce settlement advice from your family law solicitors Oldham

In two recent family law decisions of the Supreme Court, the court has allowed appeals in cases where the husbands had deliberately been untruthful either by fraud or by non-disclosure about the full extent of their financial circumstances. The court has emphasised that the fundamental principle that a party in divorce financial proceedings must make a full and…

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wills and probate solicitors Oldham

Is your Will up to scratch? Advice from our Wills and Probate solicitors

A woman is seeking hundreds of thousands of pounds compensation from Barclays, claiming the bank’s Will-writing service resulted in her losing a stake in a valuable London home. Barclays is contesting the claim. The matter has now gone to the High Court. Court documents show that in 2007 Ebenezer Aregbesola used Barclays’ £90 Will-writing service…

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Oldham employment solicitors

A clear direction on compassionate leave from Oldham employment solicitors

It’s been widely reported that businesses up and down the country received calls from employees asking for compassionate leave following Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction this week. There’s no doubt the World’s No. 1 boy band have legions of loyal fans who feel some sort of personal connection to its five members but where…

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