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Innovation in electricity generation and distribution remains firmly on the agenda, in spite of UK general election

Monday, 22nd May 2017

Funding opportunities in edge-of-grid and storage technologies remain positive as the UK government provides an indication of its post-election energy 'innovation' agenda.

Avoiding unpaid bills in the construction industry

Monday, 22nd May 2017

As the saying goes, ‘cash is king’, and cash flow is key to the smooth running of any business. Ensuring a regular and undisturbed flow of payments is critical to business survival.

Meet the Trainee - Hannah McGown

Friday, 19th May 2017

A post from the Trainee Blog - Hannah McGown, answering questions on starting her career as a Trainee Solicitor at Ashfords.

Trade Marks: What shape are we in - Part 3?

Friday, 19th May 2017

In January 2016 and January of this year I wrote short pieces about the difficulties trade mark owners face in trying to secure, by way of a UK or EU registered trade mark, protection against a competitor copying the 'shape' of their goods.

Registration Gap or Registration Crater?

Friday, 19th May 2017

The recent High Court of Baker and Another v Craggs has brought the registration gap back into the limelight and at a time when the Land Registry's reported average completion times for transfers of part is 67.71 working days, it's a reason for concern.

The Charltons sold farm land to Mr Craggs in January 2012. Mr Craggs' transfer was...

Analysing Trends and Patterns - a review of Data from the Claims Portal

Wednesday, 17th May 2017

The portal for Employer liability (EL) and Public liability (PL) claims valued at £25,000 or less has been running since August 2013.

Sleeping on the Job - an update on National Minimum Wage and "sleep-in" shifts

Wednesday, 17th May 2017

The Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") delivered its judgment last week on a group of cases heard as a collective appeal on the issue of workers' sleep-in shifts and the National Minimum Wage ("NMW").

Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Reports on Seafarer Fatigue

Tuesday, 16th May 2017

Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Reports on the effects of Seafarer and Merchant Navy Watch Keeping systems on fatigue.

Firth of Forth and Tay Offshore Windfarms: Quashing Ruling Overturned

Tuesday, 16th May 2017

Scottish judges have today overturned a ruling that quashed consent for four offshore wind farms (totaling 2.3GW) in Scotland.

Ransomware – the new highway robbery

Tuesday, 16th May 2017

The WannaCry ransomware that infected devices worldwide should lead to changes in how organisations protect themselves from future infections.

Delays to Personal Injury Reform - an opportunity to prepare your strategy

Monday, 15th May 2017

The General Election has seen the abandonment of the Prisons and Courts Bill, at least for the time being. This delays the robust new fixed tariff for RTA soft tissue injuries and a ban on making offers without medical reports.

About Marketing and BD - what I've learnt

Monday, 15th May 2017

From the Trainee Blog - Assisting with Marketing and Business Development ("BD") is something that most trainee solicitors will be exposed to at least once across their training contract.

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