Removal of Town and Village Green Designations

Tuesday, 18th February 2014

Land that has been used by the inhabitants of a locality for sports and pastimes as of right for at least 20 years may be registered as a town or village green pursuant to the Commons Registration Act 1965.

Under Section 14(b) of the Commons Registration Act 1965, an application can be made to the Council for the...

New .uk domain name addresses to launch in June

Monday, 17th February 2014

Following our recent article, Nominet has announced a launch date of 10 June 2014 for the new form of  ".uk" domain name address.

What is going to happen?

Businesses and individuals will be able to register a shorter ".uk" domain (e.g. "") for use alongside existing Nominet registered domains (including,,,,,, and ".uk...

Smart Phone Truce

Friday, 14th February 2014

Last December Mark Lomas' article "When the chips are down" looked at the Nokia vs HTC patent litigation and focused on some of the lessons that flowed from Nokia's application for an injunction against the HTC One Mini handset in the Patents Court in the UK.

It now appears that the judgement has concentrated commercial minds afresh and the parties...

ADVOC - Inheritance Tax Conference, Frankfurt 1st February 2014

Thursday, 13th February 2014

The conference was attended by John Toth and I along with delegates from France, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Poland and Panama (based in London but offering Panamanian services).

The format involved presentations from five of the delegates on Saturday morning (including myself) followed by a more detailed presentation by a tax specialist from Ernst and Young in Munich and...

Jack Wills Shoots Down House of Fraser's Pigeon

Wednesday, 12th February 2014

The popular trend of using brand logos on clothing (think Ralph Lauren's polo players, Fred Perry's laurel wreath and Lacoste's crocodile) was the subject of a recent High Court decision. The case concerned House of Fraser's use of a stylised pigeon logo on certain items from their Linea clothing line and whether this infringed Jack Wills' registered trade marks for...

Amazon's business model under fire for infringing trade marks

Wednesday, 12th February 2014

Following a recent High Court decision Amazon's business model is in trouble, says Carl Steele, Head of Trade Marks at Ashfords,

"My kids love Lush bath bombs. But the damage that Lush has done to Amazon in the High Court is somewhat greater than the explosions of colour I often find in my children's bath after they have used...

Fees for intervention gets a one star review

Tuesday, 11th February 2014

Published in Construction Manager on 10th February 2014

With the HSE Review recently published, Ashfords' Richard Voke - Partner and head of the Business Risk & Regulation Team, discusses what the HSE's Triennial Review says about Fees for Intervention.

Read the article on the Construction Manager Website here

Challenges to the exercise of local authority discretion

Tuesday, 11th February 2014

The Blackpool Council case involved a judicial review brought by a firm of solicitors who occupied a unit at an enterprise centre owned and operated by the Council.

The lease was due for renewal in June 2013. The firm was advised by Blackpool Council that the lease would not be renewed and that the basis of that decision...

Adopted Public Highway - Payment of Commuted Sums

Monday, 10th February 2014

Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980 is the means by which highway authorities normally adopt a road. This is facilitated through a Section 38 Agreement. A developer normally builds the road to a pre-agreed standard and has the road inspected at various stages of construction. At the appropriate time, the road is adopted and becomes a public highway and...

Occupiers Forms - an update

Friday, 7th February 2014

Not a day goes by without hearing a grumble about an occupier form, be it "why is this needed?" or "why is this so expensive to have signed?"

I thought it may be useful to review this area and cover lenders that do and don''t require them, as well as pitfalls to watch out for.

1. It is worthwhile to say that...

Acquiring abroad?

Monday, 3rd February 2014

Ashfords partner Simon Rous writes for ACQ5 regarding the Global M&A Seminar on the 26 and 27 January 2014. Simon chaired the event with M&A professionals and industry leaders present from across the globe.

Read the article here

Rising from the ashes?

Monday, 3rd February 2014

David Pomeroy, head of Restructuring and Insolvency at Ashfords, writes for Insolvency Newsregarding the pending outcome of a government review of pre packs. David considers that the review will advise that the existing mechanisms in place require a wider more effective use.

Read the article here


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