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This edition of Foresight outlines legislative and regulatory changes relating to company law expected to come into effect in 2015. With a little Foresight, Walker Morris can help you plan ahead.
In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced the Government’s intention to stop the practice of using schemes of arrangement involving a reduction of capital to effect a takeover of a public company.
The use of ‘cash shells’ with a quotation on the London Stock Exchange is a tried and tested way of generating the cash to fund an acquisition trail.
The Government has been consulting on draft regulations containing a new reporting requirement on payment practices and policies.
New rules on corporate directors download
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill is currently working its way through Parliament and is likely to become law in the Spring.
The case concerned the sale by Topshop of T-shirts bearing an image of the popstar Rihanna.
Design right infringement in gilets download
In DKH Retail Ltd v H Young (Operations) Ltd, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (the IPEC) had to determine whether an Animal-branded hooded gilet infringed Superdry’s unregistered design right.
Ice cream vans may not be an obvious inspiration for intellectual property litigation but they were the focus of the recent High Court judgment in Whitby Specialist Vehicles Ltd v Yorkshire Specialist Vehicles Ltd.
Database right and former employees download
Medical Innovations Ltd v Eakins was a summary judgment application in litigation between an employee and his former employer.
What a RANDOMS decision download
Nestlé is the registered proprietor of two Irish trademarks, the word mark RANDOMS and the slogan LET YOUR RANDOM SIDE OUT in respect of confectionery.
The CJEU has ruled on whether jurisdiction is conferred on the courts of an EU member state to hear an infringement action where an allegedly copyright-infringing image is accessible on a website in that member state, but the website is hosted in another member state.
In International Stem Cell Corporation v Comptroller General of Patents ISCC made two UK patent applications relating to human stem cells.
Trademarks: registry review download
Walker Morris’s review of trademarks includes information on the marks PIANISSIMO, TERRAFLEX, KENZO and SURBURBIA...
China's patent targets for 2020 download
The Chinese government has recently announced a policy decision to treble the number of patents filed by local Chinese inventors by the year 2020.
The draft order empowering the Groceries Code Adjudicator to fine supermarkets has been laid before Parliament.
The Court of Appeal has given clear and helpful guidance as to the legal position when two or more known or foreseeable factors may combine to produce an abnormal event.
In view of the imminent changes, the aim of this article is to provide a ‘ShPL ready - checklist’...
Involuntary bailment — the duty of care owed by the mortgagee on execution of a possession warrant download
What do you do when you take possession of a house and the former occupier has left various items of theirs behind?
Equity of exoneration — joint mortgagors do not necessarily have joint responsibility for the secured debt download
It is a not uncommon situation — the family home is jointly mortgaged to secure the debts of a family member’s business.
Plevin v Paragon — non-disclosure of the amount of PPI commission paid to the lender rendered its relationship with the borrower unfair download
The Supreme Court has ruled that non-disclosure of the significant amount of commission earned by a lender created unfairness in the borrower’s relationship with it.