The latest legal updates for businesses - September 2023

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Commercial Litigation

How the new revolutionary reforms to recovering legal costs might impact your business

From 1 October 2023, those making budgetary decisions should have an easier task in determining whether a claim is worth pursuing. In this article, we look at the upcoming new cost regime that will fix how much a winning party will be entitled to recover from their opponent if they are successful in litigation.

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Businesses advised to update cookie banners to avoid fines

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has released an important statement for businesses with an online presence, regarding cookie consent banners. This article summarises how to ensure that your cookie consent banner is compliant and the potential consequences of non-compliance.

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An introduction to due diligence and AI - giving data 'room' to reveal itself

Produced as a 5-part series, 'AI and Due Diligence' looks at the important and ever-evolving topic of artificial intelligence and its impact on corporate transactions, particularly when a new third party is proposing to join an existing company or corporate group. The articles focus on key areas of due diligence, how it has evolved and how it differs across M&A, private equity and venture capital investment. Take a look at the first part below.

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Intellectual Property

Nature pure vs natural pure - even trade marks with low distinctive character can lead to confusion

A recent registered trade mark case serves as a reminder that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer to the question of whether confusion will arise in the case of two fairly descriptive and weakly distinctive trade marks. Our article examines the case and highlights the importance of assessing the risk an earlier mark poses to your planned new brand name.

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Unlocking AI

AI has been a hot topic of late, generating many conversations about how it might impact across a whole range of areas.
We have launched our AI hub to bring interesting insights and developments from Ashfords lawyers, our clients and our wider contacts to look at how AI could impact business and the law as its use evolves.    
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