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No-fault divorce - does it exist?

John Boon
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It remains a common misconception that it is possible for a married couple or civil partners within the jurisdiction of England and Wales to divorce or dissolve their civil partnership on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences”, as they can...

Iceland v Iceland: the importance of legally protecting your brand assets

Lizzie Walters
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The cold war over the usage rights of the name Iceland highlights the legal problems that can arise without effective brand name protection. When Malcolm Walker opened his first Iceland store in Oswestry, Shropshire in 1969, no one knew that he...

New blog post on recall by Genius due to Gluten Contamination

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Head of our Food and Drink team Peter Bennett has posted in our food law  blog about the recent recall by Genius of a number of products because of gluten contamination.  Despite the fact that Genius acted efficiently and effectively in their...

How to check if you are eligible for a young farmer payment

Jarred Wright
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Quite a few of us at Roythornes are being approached for advice on whether farm businesses are eligible to claim the Young Farmer payment, one of the top-up payments that is available under the new Direct Payments regime that came into force this year. ...

Working Time, meetings and the 11 hour break

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John Cameron, of our employment law team has just written a blog post on a decision by the Employment Appeals Tribunal that clarifies the position of workers who attend trade union or health and safety meetings.  The full article can be read on our ...

Collective redundancy

Phil Cookson
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Phil Cookson from our Employment Team has posted on the employment law blog about the decision of the European Court of Justice relating to collective redundancy consultations.  The decision relates to the Woolworths case which considered...

New blog post about brand protection

Lizzie Walters
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Elizabeth Naylor of our Corporate and Commercial team has written an article on brand protection In the blog post she covers: what is a brand? creating and protecting a brand initial considerations legal protection registration: why and where? using...

Dividends in Specie

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A Dividend in Specie is a dividend which is satisfied in assets as opposed to cash. You may wish to transfer property, equipment or other assets to your shareholders instead of, or, as well as a cash asset. There are various aspects that your board of...