New gTLDs - What can you do to protect your brand?

Wednesday, 24th July 2013


The world is on the cusp of the largest expansion of the Internet domain name landscape since the 1980s.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is currently examining more than 1,900 applications for new generic top level domains ("gTLDs"). gTLDs are the suffix at the end of a domain name (e.g. .com, .org, .net etc.).

When the...

Divorce - The End Of The Beginning

Friday, 19th July 2013

Divorce is always painful. It may be your decision, or one forced upon you. You might have found someone new or be contemplating a single existence. You may be wondering how to divide millions of pounds of assets, or worrying about whether there are sufficient funds to pay two sets of bills. And you may be divorcing after a year...

Capacity to give consent: medical evidence is not conclusive

Wednesday, 26th June 2013

The High Court has recently ruled in the case of Re SB (Capacity to consent to termination) [2013] EWHC 1417 that a lady suffering from bipolar disorder and who was being detained under the Mental Health Act 2005 did have capacity to consent to an abortion despite advice to the contrary from psychiatrists.

Trustees, mistake, and Hastings-Bass

Thursday, 20th June 2013

First published in the Solicitors Journal.

In the recent Supreme Court judgment in the two cases of Pitt v Holt and Re Futter [2013] UKSC 26, Lord Walker clarified both the rule in Hastings-Bass and the law of mistake. The judgment has reduced the ability of trustees to rely on the Hastings-Bass rule.

As a result of the decision the practical consequences...

The Tax Doctor: Leaving money to a minor without the major tax bill

Wednesday, 12th June 2013

The case

Harry would like to make a will, leaving a significant sum of money to his son Ben, currently a minor aged under 18. He is concerned about what would happen if Ben were to inherit at a young age.

He would prefer Ben to inherit when he is 25 years old but has heard this may mean a greater amount...

Client Information Guide to Part 36 Offers

Monday, 13th May 2013

The intention of this Guide is not to advise you on whether or not to make or accept a Part 36 Offer or Payment (which will depend on the facts of your own case). The subject of Part 36 Offers is a complex area and no guide can ever set out all the factors relating to a particular case. THIS...

Tax Doctor: Selling a home with large grounds has tax pitfalls

Thursday, 28th February 2013

The Case

My husband and I are looking to downsize our home. Our children have now moved out and we are looking for a home which will be more manageable as we get older.

I was under the impression that profits from the sale of one's main home are exempt from tax, but I have now heard that HMRC are...

Guide to Injunctions

Thursday, 1st November 2012

The intention of this Guide to injunctions is not to advise you to apply for an injunction, as the merits of such an application will depend on the facts of your own case. The subject of injunctions is a complex area and no guide to injunctions can ever set out all the factors relating to a particular case. THIS GUIDE...

Why should GP Practices consider becoming "Limited Liability Partnerships"?

Monday, 6th August 2012

As Part One to this article has already discussed, Limited Liability Partnerships may provide GPs with a suitable (and perhaps preferable) alternative to the traditional partnership business structure. In Part Two, I explain the practical implications of incorporating as a Limited Liability Partnership ("LLP") and how GPs can maximise the commercial and organisational benefits associated with the LLP structure. This...


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