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Hotel and Spa in Titanic Struggle over Use of Doomed Ship’s Name

Obvious risks of confusion arise if businesses that trade in the same field use similar or identical names. However, in one case concerning two hospitality companies that both used the word ‘Titanic’ in their titles, the High Court found a way of ensuring that they can live together and continue trading successfully. The owners of the spa objected to the...

Fortunes Can Hinge on a Few Words – Professional Drafting Is Worth It!

Large sums of money can hinge on the interpretation of a very few words, and that is why professional drafting of agreements is so important. That point was powerfully made in a High Court case concerning an option to purchase a commercial property. The tenant of the property had paid £25,000 for the five-year option. It enabled the tenant to purchase the...

Bar Owner Pays Price for Failing to Pay Music Copyright Licence Fees

Everyone in the hospitality industry should know that playing copyright musical works in public requires payment of licence fees, but few may be aware of the potentially dire consequences of failing to do so. In one case, a defiant bar owner was ordered to pay more than £60,000 in compensation and legal costs. The man was the licensee of two venues where music...

Absence of Formality in Toy Distribution Contract Leads Straight to Court

Although the risks involved in oral contracts are common knowledge in the business community, it is amazing how often professionally drafted written agreements are unwisely dispensed with. In one case, the absence of formality in a multi-million-pound toy distribution deal led to a costly and unnecessary High Court dispute. A Chinese manufacturer (company A) had...

Expert Resolution of Boundary Dispute ‘Final and Binding’

Neighbours engaged in boundary disputes would generally be wise to submit their differences to an independent expert for resolution, rather than fighting it out in court. However, as one High Court case underlined, it is important to remember that their decisions are final and binding, warts and all. The case concerned a narrow strip of land between two suburban...