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Court of Appeal rejects AI inventor argument

19 Oct 2021
On 21 September 2021, the Court of Appeal handed down its much anticipated judgment in Thaler v Comptroller General of Patents Trade Marks and Designs [2021] EWCA Civ 1374 on whether an AI machine can qualify as an "inventor" for the purposes of the Patents Act 1977 (the Patents Act).

Another defeat for tenants in the COVID rent battle

29 Sep 2021
In its judgment in the latest COVID rent case, London Trocadero (2015) LLP v Picture House Cinemas Ltd (28 September 2021) the High Court has inflicted another defeat on tenants seeking to avoid paying rent arising during COVID lockdown periods.

Winding up petitions post 30 September 2021: what you need to know

21 Sep 2021
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, temporary provisions were put in place under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020. New temporary provisions being introduced by the UK government that are designed to provide continued support to viable businesses whilst allowing a return to the normal order of things as regards the winding up process (temporarily with carveouts).

Six-figure benchmark in compensation for serious libel

19 Aug 2021
Two high profile judgments have been handed down by the High CouTwo high profile judgments have been handed down by the High Court in Hijazi v Yaxley-Lennon [2021] EWHC 2008 and Lachaux v Evening Standard [2021] EWHC 1797. They have set a benchmark in compensation for serious libel.


Draeger Safety UK Limited v The London Fire Commissioner (HT-2021-000145)

13 Aug 2021
In a rare example of the High Court agreeing to maintain the automatic suspension in the context of a procurement challenge, the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has dismissed an application to lift the suspension and instead ordered an expedited trial in a claim concerning the provision of respiratory protective equipment to London Fire Brigade (LFB).

Coronavirus rent arrears protection - new government update

05 Aug 2021
On 4 August 2021, the government updated their earlier statement in June 2021 which flagged new legislation to introduce binding arbitration in respect of COVID-related rent arrears. Whilst any clarification on the proposed ringfencing and rent arrears arbitration scheme is to be welcomed, there still remains very considerable doubt as to precisely how the scheme will work.