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  • Are we going through a break-up with the US over the Privacy Shield?

    businesscommercial technologyhomepage

    Date: 25 September 2018

    Uncertainty is looming on the Privacy Shield, the framework agreement relating to the transfer of data between the EU and the US.
  • Data Protection: What happens if there’s a No-Deal Brexit?

    businesscommercial technologyhomepage

    Date: 25 September 2018

    The government has published guidance as to the actions UK organisations should take to ensure the continued flow of personal data in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • Take care when using online photographs

    businesscommercial technologyintellectual property

    Date: 15 August 2018

    Elizabeth Butler, a trainee in the Commercial and Technology team, explores a recent case in which the European Court of Justice considered whether re-posting photographs on another website constitutes copyright infringement.
  • New changes to Trade Marks in the UK

    businesscommercial technology

    Date: 18 July 2018

    Soraya Salhi, Trainee Solicitor within the Commercial & Technology Department, considers the coming changes on Trade Marks by the Trade Mark Regulations 2018 which will come into effect on 14 January 2019.
  • Licence to play music on business premises

    businesscommercial technologyregulatory riskintellectual propertyregulatory law licensing

    Date: 12 June 2018

    Elizabeth Butler, a trainee in the Commercial and Technology team, explores a recent case in which the High Court ruled that a restaurant owner infringed copyright by allowing DJs to play music on his premises without a licence.
  • General Data Protection Regulation – 3 months to go

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technology

    Date: 19 February 2018

    With the GDPR set to come into force on 25 May 2018, Cathrine Ripley looks at the key actions businesses should have taken, or need to take urgently, to be ready in time.
  • Deal or no deal: how will Brexit affect EU trade marks?

    businesscorporatecommercial technology

    Date: 20 December 2017

    Susan Wells looks at the European Commission’s recent notice as to how a “no deal” Brexit would affect EU trade marks.
  • New rules about Trade Secrets

    businesscommercial technologyEmployment

    Date: 10 October 2017

    Cathrine Ripley summarises the key changes introduced by recent trade mark reforms.
  • Fit for Purpose v Faulty Design Specifications

    businesscommercial technologyregulatory riskconstruction

    Date: 09 October 2017

    Who pays for remedial costs under a JCT Design and Build Contract when there has been no negligence on either side? Susan Wells considers a recent decision of the Supreme Court.
  • GDPR and cyber security

    businesscommercial technologyregulatory risk

    Date: 04 October 2017

    GDPR and cyber security workshops held at the London School of Economics.
  • The Retailers vs. the Groceries Code Adjudicator

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyfood

    Date: 28 March 2017

    The Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, spoke to an industry audience at the Westminster Food Forum on 8 March 2017.
  • Electronic Signature Regulation

    businesscommercial technology

    Date: 20 March 2017

    Cathrine Ripley explores some of the issues to consider around the regulation governing electronic signatures.
  • The meaning of consequential losses – a new approach from the courts?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 23 February 2017

    Cathrine Ripley looks at what the High Court’s interpretation of “consequential loss” and what it means for businesses
  • New duty to report on payment practices and performance

    businesscommercial technology

    Date: 21 February 2017

    What large businesses can expect in April 2017.
  • Apprenticeship Levy

    businesscommercial technology

    Date: 24 January 2017

    Are you ready for the changes this spring?
  • Data Protection & Brexit – What are the implications?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 16 January 2017

    Brexit means Brexit but what does it mean for data protection in the UK once we leave the EU?
  • Regulating the use of drones

    businesscommercial technology

    Date: 11 January 2017

    Joshua Kanakam reviews the government’s consultation on drone use.
  • When exactly is “close of business”?

    commercial technologycorporatedispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 23 December 2016

    Working late in the modern age. Bill Dixon, a partner in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation team considers a recent commercial court judgment on the legal meaning of “close of business”.
  • The Only Way is DPS

    dispute resolutioncommercial technologybusinessregulatory law licensing

    Date: 22 November 2016

    Designated Premises Supervisors (DPS) may need to carefully review their role, as the extent of their duties could be considered to go beyond those connected with the sale of alcohol under the Licensing Act 2003. Laura Williams from our Licensing Team looks at a recent court decision.
  • Hedging your bets and illegal contracts

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technology

    Date: 25 October 2016

    Robert Woodhouse, Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team, takes a closer look at illegal contracts and a recent case involving insider information and betting on the share price.
  • Privacy Shield – what now?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolutionregulatory risk

    Date: 04 October 2016

    Cathrine Ripley, partner in the Commercial & Technology team, considers the aftermath of the European Commission’s adoption of the EU-US Privacy Shield arrangement.
  • Brexit: Keep Calm and Don’t Panic

    taxcorporatebusinessp-philippa-rolesdispute resolutioncommercial technology

    Date: 29 September 2016

    Philippa Roles, head of Tax at FSP, speculates on the likely consequences of Brexit in the field of indirect taxation - primarily VAT and customs duties - in the UK.
  • Proposed criminal offence may impose new burdens on companies

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologycorporateregulatory risk

    Date: 28 September 2016

    Bill Dixon, a partner in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation team, considers the government’s proposals to extend the existing corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery to other economic crimes.
  • Data Protection - major changes are coming

    businesscommercial technologyregulatory risk

    Date: 28 September 2016

    Here's our quick guide to what's happening, when and why the changes are important to UK business - together with our recommendations as to what to do now
  • Consumer Rights Act 2015 – Traders Beware

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyautomotive

    Date: 09 August 2016

    Tom Maple takes a closer look at the new obligation, contained in the Consumer Rights Act 2015, that traders must ensure that goods supplied must match the model examined by the customer.
  • Don’t Make the Classic Mistake

    dispute resolutioncommercial technologybusinessautomotive

    Date: 04 August 2016

    Samantha Simpson of our Dispute Resolution and Litigation team looks at the legal considerations for potential investors in classic cars.
  • Automotive – Misuse of Confidential Information – Choosing the Right Formula

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyEmploymentautomotive

    Date: 28 July 2016

    Tom Maple, head of the Automotive Team at FSP, takes a closer look at the misuse of confidential information and the remedies available to employers.
  • Privacy Shield update in light of Brexit

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 21 July 2016

    Cathrine Ripley, partner in the commercial and technology team at FSP, considers the recent comments made about the draft Privacy Shield arrangement and what impact Brexit will have on the arrangement itself.
  • Guide to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP)

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technology

    Date: 19 July 2016

    In this 1st part of 3, Tom Maple, partner in the Food and Drink team, takes a closer look at the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP/ the Code) and the rules affecting both suppliers and retailers.
  • Contractual exclusion clauses - Do they apply?

    dispute resolutionbusinesscorporatecommercial technology

    Date: 18 July 2016

    Tom Maple, partner in the Dispute Resolution team, considers whether contractual exclusion and limitation clauses are binding on the parties to a contract.
  • Is an unwritten agreement still a contract?

    dispute resolutionbusinesscorporatecommercial technologyproperty

    Date: 15 July 2016

    Tom Maple, partner in the Dispute Resolution team, considers whether contracts have to be in writing and/ or signed for them to be binding.
  • Not a Game of Drones – Operating within the Law

    dispute resolutionbusinesscorporatecommercial technologyautomotive

    Date: 14 July 2016

    Tom Maple, partner in the Dispute Resolution team, takes a closer look at the law relating to the flying of “small unmanned aircraft”, more commonly known as Drones.
  • Motor Vehicles and Satisfactory Quality - The Consumer Rights Act 2015

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyautomotive

    Date: 01 July 2016

    Tom Maple, head of the Automotive Team at FSP, considers a key change to the sale of goods act legislation brought about in the Consumer Rights Act 2015, namely the right to reject within 30 days.
  • Data Encryption – ICO Guidance Update

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 25 May 2016

    Cathrine Ripley summarises the key changes introduced by the ICO’s recent updates to its guidance on data encryption.
  • Bribery as a Defence to a Contract Claim

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologycorporate

    Date: 04 April 2016

    Bill Dixon, a partner in FSP’s Dispute Resolution team, looks at a recent High Court decision which considered whether a contract obtained through bribery was enforceable.
  • Trade mark reforms – what you need to know

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 10 March 2016

    Cathrine Ripley summarises the key changes introduced by recent trade mark reforms.
  • The new general data protection regulation – how does it impact your business?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 10 March 2016

    Cathrine Ripley summarises the key changes to be introduced by the new general data protection regulation.
  • Data protection update - the new privacy shield

    businesscommercial technology

    Date: 03 March 2016

    Cathrine Ripley discusses the key data protection issues for businesses involved in transferring personal data to organisations in the US.
  • Consumer Rights Act 2015 – revolution or re-hash?

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolutionautomotive

    Date: 25 February 2016

    Cathrine Ripley summarises the key aspects of change to consumer protection laws in the new legislation.
  • Groceries Code Adjudicator publishes report on business practices at Tesco

    dispute resolutionbusinesscommercial technologyfood

    Date: 05 February 2016

    Partner Bill Dixon comments on the recent report on breaches under the Groceries Supply Code of Practice following an investigation into alleged unfair treatment of suppliers by Tesco.
  • ECJ sails into unchartered waters on privacy rules

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolutionEmployment

    Date: 31 December 2015

    Cathrine Ripley reviews recent developments in data protection law, which call into question the adequacy of IT companies’ compliance programmes.
  • Lacoste’s crocodile snaps back in EU ruling

    businesscommercial technologydispute resolution

    Date: 14 October 2015

    Cathrine Ripley from our Commercial and Technology Team takes a look at Lacoste’s recent victory over Polish competitors Mocek and Wenta.
  • Can a dealer keep the customer's car?

    dispute resolutionbusinessautomotivecommercial technologydebt recovery

    Date: 13 June 2013

    Tom Maple, head of the Automotive Team at FSP, explains the rights that give protection to a dealer or garage when repairs or maintenance have been carried out but not paid for by the customer.
  • Automotive Block Exemptions

    dispute resolutionbusinessautomotivecommercial technology

    Date: 04 June 2013

    Tom Maple, head of the FSP Automotive Team, highlights important changes to the Block Exemption Regulations and explains how they will affect the automotive industry.
  • Preparing your website for business

    businessintellectual propertycorporateadvertising and marketingcommercial technologybusiness startups

    Date: 16 May 2013

    Cathrine Ripley explains the key points that should be considered by website owners before doing business on the web.
  • Trade marks and the use of "own name"

    businessintellectual propertycorporateadvertising and marketingcommercial technologybusiness startups

    Date: 14 April 2013

    Don’t assume you can use a trade mark just because it is the same as your own name - the Cipriani cases have highlighted this is not necessarily the case as Cathrine Ripley explains.
  • Do your contracts comply with the new rules on late payment?

    businesscommercial technologybusiness startupsdebt recovery

    Date: 09 April 2013

    The Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013 apply to all contracts entered into on or after 16 March 2013. Cathrine Ripley offers a timely reminder to review your payment terms.
  • Have you received a fake trade mark renewal notice

    businessbusiness startupscommercial technology

    Date: 04 October 2012

    How do you spot a fake trade mark renewal notice demanding inflated renewal fees?
  • Does your business need a consumer credit licence?

    businessbusiness startupscommercial technologydebt recoveryregulatory law licensing

    Date: 15 February 2012

    Read on to find out whether your business needs a consumer credit licence, as it is not just banks, credit card companies and other specialist businesses that require one.
  • That's the way the cookies crumble - update

    businessadvertising and marketingcommercial technology

    Date: 02 February 2012

    An update to our July 2011 article highlighting the need to comply with the new legislation requiring website owners to seek positive consent from those accessing the site before placing cookies on their computer.
  • That’s the way the cookies crumble...

    businesscommercial technologyintellectual property

    Date: 13 July 2011

    Websites and the use of cookies
  • Copyright licences

    businesscommercial technologycorporateintellectual property

    Date: 15 March 2011

    What does a copyright licence allow you to do?
  • Quick guide to registering a UK trade mark

    businesscommercial technologybusiness startupsintellectual property

    Date: 17 February 2011

    A short guide on the registration process for UK trade marks
  • Contracts: getting out of a bad bargain

    propertycommercial technologycommercial propertyconstructioncorporateproperty disputesdispute resolutionbusiness

    Date: 03 February 2011

    Bill Dixon comments on a recent case the firm was involved in (Gold v BDW) on getting out of contracts which have come unprofitable.
  • A quick guide to publishing contracts

    businesscommercial technology

    Date: 26 November 2010

    What makes a good or a bad publishing contract?
  • OFT prosecutions for unfair commercial practices

    businesscommercial technologybusiness startups

    Date: 14 October 2010

    This article considers when The Office of Fair Trading will prosecute for unfair commercial practices under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.