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High Court Keeps Commercially Sensitive Product Information Secret

Litigation often requires disclosure of highly sensitive commercial details. However, as one intellectual property case concerning a mapping database showed, the courts do have sophisticated means of keeping such information under wraps. A company had spent over £500,000 developing what it described as a unique and ground-breaking database of geospatial and...

Contract Arbitrations and Satellite Litigation – High Court Ruling

Arbitration proceedings are supposed to be a cost-effective and binding means of resolving contract disputes – however, they are all too often productive of satellite litigation. That was certainly so in one case in which the appointment of an arbitrator to a panel of three was so contentious as to require two High Court hearings. A company had settled...

The Trade Union Act 2016

The Trade Union Act 2016, which makes a number of changes to the way in which industrial action is organised, came into force on 1 March 2017. The Act amends the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, including Section 226 on the requirement to hold a ballot before any trade union action. Under the new regime, a majority vote in favour of...

How to Value Company Shares – Court of Appeal Guidance

Valuing shares is notoriously difficult and is generally a matter of taking a reasonable view of what a hypothetical buyer might pay. That was the approach taken by the Court of Appeal in putting a price on a minority shareholding in a holiday park. Following a falling out between the four equal shareholders in the company that owned the park, one of them (the...

Property Investor Must Pay £120,400 Estate Agency Commission

It may come as a surprise to some property owners that estate agency fees are often payable regardless of whether a buyer is introduced by the agency concerned. A property investor found that out the hard way after the Court of Appeal found him liable to pay a £120,400 commission on the £6.8 million sale of a country estate. The investor had agreed to an...

Cava Maker Must Pay Euros 1.3 Million for Champagne Copyright Infringement

Penalties for infringement of trade marks and other intellectual property rights can be severe. In one case, a Spanish company that sold millions of bottles of cava into the UK market in breach of a champagne producer’s rights was stripped of the entire Euros 1.3 million profit it made from its wrongdoing. The cava bore a name, label and general get up that...