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Trade Marks – Luxury Restaurant Dispels Association with Dog Food

Trade marks are an invaluable means of maintaining a bright shine on brands and protecting them against inappropriate associations. In one striking example, the owner of a luxury restaurant won an injunction against a dog food company that traded under a similar name. The restaurant had traded successfully for 15 years, building up a well-heeled clientele,...

International Corruption – High Court Backs Serious Fraud Office

The international fight against corruption in the commercial sphere requires mutual cooperation between friendly states, but a balance often has to be struck between the public benefit in the detection of crime and the individual rights of suspects. The High Court addressed that issue in an important decision that represented a significant victory for the...

Indirect Discrimination – Supreme Court Lays Down the Law

The Supreme Court has urged employers to modify provisions, criteria or practices (PCPs) that disadvantage protected minority groups – even if no reason can be discerned for their discriminatory impact. The Court made its comments in ruling upon indirect discrimination claims brought by a group of Home Office workers. The Home Office required its employees to...

Employee Paid Nothing for Seven Years Wins £182,000

Unlawful deductions from wages may not seem a strong enough phrase to describe one case in which an employee was not paid anything at all for seven years’ work. Employment law is well equipped to put right such injustices, however, and the woman was awarded £182,000 to compensate her for her unremunerated toil. Following her resignation, an Employment...

Life Made a Misery By Noisy Neighbours? You Are Not Powerless!

If your life is blighted by noisy or abusive neighbours, a good lawyer can restore your peace and ensure that the wrongdoers are punished. In one case, a social tenant whose next-door neighbours were assailed by loud music, shouting, swearing and banging received an eight-week prison sentence. The mother of three children had been arrested several times for...