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Nature of Confusion Considered in Pet Insurance Trade Mark Dispute

The likelihood of 'actual confusion' occurring between two trade marks was put under the spotlight recently in a case coming before the High Court . The case centred on two pet insurers. The claimant alleged that their registered trade mark –...

Discriminatory Treatment Can Result in Costly Damage to Mental Health

Failing to take appropriate care when it comes to the mental health of employees can not only result in falling foul of employment law; it also comes with a risk of personal injury being inflicted. This was evidenced in an Employment Tribunal (ET) case...

Prisoner Unlawfully Evicted from Housing Association Flat Wins Damages

The concept of unlawful eviction may bring to mind a picture of a malign landlord changing the locks and throwing a vulnerable tenant onto the street. However, a case in which a serving prisoner's protected tenancy was wrongfully terminated during his...

Fraudulent Claim Conspiracy Prompts Exemplary Damages Award

The ripple effect of fraudulent personal injury claims continues to be felt by many members of society, as insurance premiums are driven up and genuine claimants pay the price. It is no surprise, then, that the courts take a dim view of fraudulent 'cash for...

HSE Bidding to Reduce Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace

Reducing asbestos exposure in the workplace is a major thrust of a new awareness campaign launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Asbestos: Your Duty aims to improve understanding of what the legal duty to manage asbestos involves. Asbestos...

Evasion of Import Duty - Rolex Watches Seized at Stansted Airport

Misdescribing goods consigned to the UK with a view to evading import duties is a very serious matter. An American company trading in second-hand luxury watches found that out to its cost when five Rolex time pieces, valued at $59,000, were seized at...

Regulation of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures Set to be Tightened

The government is expected to report back soon on findings from a public consultation regarding a proposed licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England. The government brought forward an amendment to the Health and Care Act 2022 which...

Relationship Status Put Under Spotlight in Divorce Case

Divorce proceedings are rarely cut and dry, especially where the passage of time adds complexity to matters. This was certainly so in a recent case that required a Family Court judge to rule on the validity of a decree nisi . The case centred on the...

Will Execution - Remote Witnessing Legislation Expires

A legal amendment that was made during the COVID-19 pandemic allowing the witnessing of wills to take place via videoconferencing has officially expired. As of 31 January 2024, the Wills Act 1837 (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order...

Antiquated Contracts and Commercial Coherence - High Court Ruling

Where commercial agreements have been operating for many years, one party or another may well feel that they have become hopelessly out of date and unfit for purpose. However, as a High Court ruling showed , even very old bargains will be upheld if they are...
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