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Our Creative, Digital Media & Technology team was delighted to sponsor the social media category at the second annual Bristol Media BR&YOU Awards which took place on Tuesday 16 September at Bordeaux Quay. The BR&YOU Awards celebrate the work...
When cohabitants with children break up, the legal responsibilities of the parents as regards the children are governed by the Children Act 1989 . If amicable arrangements as regards the children cannot be made, the Family Court will rule on matters such...
The Court of Appeal has concluded that a product description which contains a geographical term can constitute 'passing off' if the product does not in fact come from the place named. The description of a product as 'Greek' (in this case Greek yoghurt)...
The purpose of EU Directive 92/85EC – the Pregnant Workers Directive – is 'to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding'. In the UK, surrogacy is...
There is all the difference in the world between deceit and hard bargaining, as a recent case shows. It involved a disgruntled company which failed to convince the High Court that it had missed out on a multi-million-pound oil and gas exploration deal due...
When a 97-year-old woman died, the bulk of her estate passed to her sister, who herself died only months later, and the remainder – 'the residue' – was left to four charities. Because of the impact of Inheritance Tax (IHT), there would have been...
Two leading investment banks have achieved tax savings of almost £100 million after the Court of Appeal accepted that schemes designed to avoid payment of Income Tax (IT) and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on employee bonuses lawfully...
A recent decision of the Supreme Court will come as a relief to anyone concerned that they may be left with an adverse credit rating if they terminate a credit agreement because of a breach of contract by the supplier of goods. The case appeared...
When a tenant failed to include precisely the right wording for exercising its right to break its lease, the court ruled that use of the exact words specified was not necessary and therefore disallowed the landlord's claim that the break notice was invalid. ...
Expectations for manufacturing output growth in the next three months are strong, despite an easing of pace over the past quarter, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey. And export order books have recovered after a dip last month, though...
The Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment which should warn those engaged in legal disputes that the 'loser pays costs' rule in litigation is not a hard and fast one and that if the winner unreasonably refuses to mediate, they may end up carrying...
A farming company in Cheshire has been fined £50,000 after a 30-year-old worker suffered fatal injuries when a 1.5 tonne concrete panel fell on him. Sean Bennett was helping to construct a new cowshed at Yew Tree Farm in Stanthorne when the accident...
Gregg Latchams  and ActionCOACH will be hosting an event at one of North Somerset’s success stories , Puxton Park on 1st October – 10 am till 1:30 pm The event will explore: How to create and legally protect a brand How...
In-house Lawyer comes to the end of a successful second year this month, and the number of clients is growing. Most are in the South West, but our client base is spreading further afield to London and the South East. Membership of the GL Business Club is...
When the state becomes involved in paying for care, there are often complications, as a recent case illustrates. It involved a mentally ill man who had spent almost half his life detained in psychiatric hospitals. He subsequently became the focus of a row...
Our next GL Business Club event will focus on family businesses, the issues that can arise and how you can effectively manage them – legally! The event will take place on Tuesday 30 September 2014 between 8.00am and 9.30am and we look forward to...
Trade marks are a fairly difficult area in law and challenges to the registration (or, if registration is granted, the validity) of trade marks are common. Words and/or logos can be trade marks, but to be acceptable for registration a trade mark must be...
A woman who sold her mother's house in order to buy her a more suitable home has been left with a large legal costs bill as a result of her action. Her mother is incapacitated by dementia and unable to look after her own affairs. The resulting court case ...
With advances in medical science many people wish to avoid a situation where they are being kept alive by medical equipment when there is no hope of recovery. The medical profession will make every effort to bring about a meaningful recovery but inevitably...
In a classic case of 'following the money', determined liquidators have succeeded in tracing £500,000 which was paid out of a company's bank account shortly before it became insolvent, owing more than £1.4 million to the tax authorities. The...

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The Court of Appeal has concluded that a product description which contains a geographical term can constitute 'passing off' if the product does not in fact come from the place named. The description of a product as 'Greek' (in this case Greek yoghurt)...
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The purpose of EU Directive 92/85EC – the Pregnant Workers Directive – is 'to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding'. In the UK, surrogacy is...
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There is all the difference in the world between deceit and hard bargaining, as a recent case shows. It involved a disgruntled company which failed to convince the High Court that it had missed out on a multi-million-pound oil and gas exploration deal due...
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Two leading investment banks have achieved tax savings of almost £100 million after the Court of Appeal accepted that schemes designed to avoid payment of Income Tax (IT) and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on employee bonuses lawfully...
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When a tenant failed to include precisely the right wording for exercising its right to break its lease, the court ruled that use of the exact words specified was not necessary and therefore disallowed the landlord's claim that the break notice was invalid. ...
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Expectations for manufacturing output growth in the next three months are strong, despite an easing of pace over the past quarter, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey. And export order books have recovered after a dip last month, though...
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A farming company in Cheshire has been fined £50,000 after a 30-year-old worker suffered fatal injuries when a 1.5 tonne concrete panel fell on him. Sean Bennett was helping to construct a new cowshed at Yew Tree Farm in Stanthorne when the accident...
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Gregg Latchams  and ActionCOACH will be hosting an event at one of North Somerset’s success stories , Puxton Park on 1st October – 10 am till 1:30 pm The event will explore: How to create and legally protect a brand How...
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Our next GL Business Club event will focus on family businesses, the issues that can arise and how you can effectively manage them – legally! The event will take place on Tuesday 30 September 2014 between 8.00am and 9.30am and we look forward to...
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Trade marks are a fairly difficult area in law and challenges to the registration (or, if registration is granted, the validity) of trade marks are common. Words and/or logos can be trade marks, but to be acceptable for registration a trade mark must be...
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In a classic case of 'following the money', determined liquidators have succeeded in tracing £500,000 which was paid out of a company's bank account shortly before it became insolvent, owing more than £1.4 million to the tax authorities. The...
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In a further case on the admissibility as evidence before the Employment Tribunal (ET) of an employee's covert recordings of grievance and disciplinary hearings, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that not only those parts of the employee's recording...
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The Court of Appeal has overturned the decision of the High Court that a firm of accountants had acted negligently when it failed to point out tax saving opportunities to a client when he sold his company. The accountants had failed to bring to the...
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When a couple engaged a firm of architects to manage the refurbishment of their house, the architects inserted a 'net contribution clause' into the contract. The intention of the clause was to limit the liability of the architects to the extent to which any...
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A whistleblowing ex-policeman was sacked not because of his protected disclosures but due to his pursuit of complaints in a way that was 'sufficient to try and to exhaust the patience of any organisation', the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled ( ...
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A whistleblowing ex-policeman was sacked not because of his protected disclosures but due to his pursuit of complaints in a way that was 'sufficient to try and to exhaust the patience of any organisation', the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled ( ...
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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a new guide to protecting personal data, 'Protecting personal data in online services: learning from the mistakes of others' , which it describes as outlining the procedures organisations must follow...
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A study published recently by the Association of Accounting Technicians ( AAT ) suggests that "relationships with colleagues, self-worth and nature of the job" mean more to UK workers than the size of their take-home pay. Of the 2,000 employees...
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When a publisher and the firm managing its subscription database fell out over the database manager's quality of service, the publisher gave the database manager a month's notice to terminate the contract. In response, the database manager refused to release...
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A study carried out by security software provider Kaspersky Lab suggests that cyber attacks are more common than many small-business owners believe, with many of them "woefully unprepared" for an IT security breach, despite growing reliance on...
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Funded Unapproved Retirement Benefit Schemes (FURBS) were a popular tax-planning device for higher-paid employees until legislation in 2006 made them ineffective by making contributions to a FURBS no longer qualify for tax relief. One of the advantages of...
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The Equality Act 2010 contains measures that protect employees from victimisation for having made a complaint of unlawful discrimination, but does that protection extend to events that take place after the employment relationship has ended? In Rowstock...
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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which is currently before Parliament, contains provisions enabling the Secretary of State to require prescribed persons to report annually on any action taken as a result of a protected disclosure. The...
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The importance for owners of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) of keeping them in good condition is highlighted by a recent case in which the owners of a house that had 24 residents were fined for a number of failures. The house was found to have...
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When intellectual property rights are not the subject of proper agreements, the likelihood of a dispute arising is increased. When the responsibilities and rights of employees are not precisely stipulated, there is also possibility for disagreement. A ...