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Steps construction firms can take to mitigate materials shortages

18 Jan 2021
The UK construction industry manufactures and uses an incredible amount of materials each year, producing around 2bn bricks, over 70 million sq m of concrete blocks and 30 million sq m of roof tiles per annum. However, in a year where the construction industry has faced unprecedented challenges owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Brexit process, we have seen shortages in supply of construction materials, and this can cause significant delay and disruption to construction projects.
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The Hajdu Halloumi decision – collective marks as badges of origin

04 Dec 2020
As the UK prepares to depart from the EU, it will introduce shortly a national regime for the protection of geographical indicators. Against this background, it is interesting to read how the scope of registered collective marks was interpreted widely by the High Court so as to defeat a UK trade mark application that had incorporated the entirety of an earlier collective mark as only one of its elements. The decision demonstrates how, despite being subject to the general rules pertaining to trade marks, collective marks can be useful and powerful assets. It also serves as a reminder of the approach to be adopted when assessing the extent to be which collective marks might share visual, aural and/or conceptual similarity with other marks.

Claim trends against solicitors in the pandemic

05 Nov 2020
As we begin a second national lockdown, the challenges facing law firms have not abated. The pandemic has been a real test of law firm's IT systems, business resilience and business continuity plans. Vulnerabilities in these areas will be the primary source of COVID-19 related professional indemnity claims against solicitors but rapid changes in some practice areas bring further risks and challenges. We examine the risks and assess how the pandemic has impacted claim trends against solicitors.

Court of Appeal to examine SIPP provider case

22 Oct 2020
In May, we wrote about the High Court judgment in Adams v Options SIPP UK LLP which offered SIPP providers some comfort that, in circumstances where a loss is suffered by a member and the SIPP provider is acting on an execution only basis, they will not usually be liable for any loss suffered by the investor on investments made through the SIPP, including investments introduced to the member by unregulated providers.
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Telecoms case update: EE Limited & Hutchison 3G UK Limited v Duncan & Others

19 Oct 2020
The Lands Tribunal for Scotland recently heard legal arguments in nine applications by EE Limited and Hutchison 3G UK Limited (“the operators”) under para 33 of the Electronic Communications Code (Schedule 3A to the Communications Act 2003) (“the Code”). The Tribunal has since issued its decision on the legal issues that were debated at the hearing (EE Limited & Hutchison 3G UK Limited v Duncan & Others). This is the first decision issued by either the Lands Tribunal for Scotland or the Upper Tribunal under paras 33 and 34 of the Code.
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Swift & Carpenter – what does it mean in practice?

16 Oct 2020
The Court of Appeal last week handed down its decision in Swift v Carpenter [2020] EWCA Civ 1295. The issue at stake was the valuing of claims for damages where an injured claimant is obliged to purchase alternative accommodation as a consequence of the injuries suffered. The scope for such an award arises in any claim for long term disability where mobility is affected. Insurers will need to re-assess their approach to such claims and what follows is some practical guidance on the implications of the judgment and we set out the methodology for calculating awards for special accommodation going forwards.