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Registrability of shape marks download
In Hauck GmbH & Co KG v Stokke A/S, the Dutch court referred questions relating to the refusal to register shape marks under article 3(1)(e) of the Trade Marks Directive.
The last few months have seen many announcements in relation to changes expected in the employment law arena.
Pickles pushes publicity code download
Eric Pickles seems to have a bee in his bonnet about councils that are issuing news sheets to their residents more frequently than quarterly.
Healthcare at Home Ltd v Common Services Agency (Scotland) concerns the interpretation of the ‘reasonably well-informed and normally diligent’ tenderer.
The government has finally released the budget for the first round of contracts for difference. The total funding available is £300m.
It is not clear when the Cabinet Office envisages that the new regulations will become law, but the fact that they are dated 2015 suggests it will be sooner rather than later.
This article highlights some of the major changes to design rights that came into force on 1 October 2014.
This case law round-up focuses on two cases: Dawson (PO-596) and Chapman (PO-597).
The Pensions Regulator has finally reached a compromise in respect of the Financial Support Directions it issued in connection with the Lehman Brothers pension scheme.
Finance Bill 2014 download
On 17 July 2014, the Finance Bill received royal assent and became the Finance Act 2014 (FA 2014).
GAD — changes to the passport system download
The Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) has confirmed substantial changes to its processes for issuing ‘passport’ certificates to firms involved in public sector outsourcing projects.
The FCA has issued a consultation paper setting out rules that will require providers of workplace personal pension schemes to establish independent government committees.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has published the final allocation framework for the October 2014 contracts-for-difference allocation round.
The courts have decided a number of high-profile cases this summer in which retailers have been involved in intellectual property disputes.
Southend-On-Sea Borough Council v Armour is a tenancy repossession case in which the tenant invoked a successful article 8 defence.
The draft Equality Act 2010 (Equal Pay Audits) Regulations 2014 are due to come into force on 1 October 2014.
Promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution is one of the key ways in which the courts are trying to reduce the costs of litigation.
Developing allotments download
The term ‘allotment’ usually refers to land held by a local authority under the Allotment Acts 1908–1950, but it is also possible for allotments to be privately owned.
Legislation could permit landowners to voluntarily agree that certain things should be required or prohibited in respect of a piece of land for conservation purposes.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.