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Colin v Cuthbert - PR as a tool in legal battles

27 Apr 2021
"Colin the Caterpillar" was officially trade marked in 2008. A little over 10 years later, Aldi started selling Cuthbert the Caterpillar. Marks & Spencer has this month filed a claim against Aldi claiming Aldi's Cuthbert has violated its intellectual property in Colin. Notably, Marks & Spencer has not yet brought claims against the other retailers who also sell caterpillar cakes. Aldi will be asked to remove Cuthbert from its shelves and to refrain from selling similar products in the future. In response, Aldi has announced that it intends to sell a limited edition version with profits going to charity and has asked if "Colin and Cuthbert [can] be besties".

UK Freeports: what happens now?

20 Apr 2021
The locations of the UK’s eight new Freeports have been announced with the promise of simpler planning, favourable customs tariffs and duties, and tax breaks to encourage growth and investment. But what should you do now? 

Construction, women, and celebration

08 Mar 2021
"We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements". These words are on the International Women's Day website, and really resonated with us. We often see articles about how few women there are in the construction industry, and how few girls engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). But we don't see enough actually celebrating the achievements that women have made in the industry and the progress which the industry itself has made.