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Sep
10
2018

Kit Kat Wars – the saga continues
#Commercial

Last year, we wrote about Nestlé’s decade-plus efforts to achieve EU trade mark registration for the three-dimensional shape of its Kit Kat chocolate bar (certainly very distinctive here in the UK!), and setbacks in 2016 both with an adverse ruling from the EU General Court and with the UK High Court ruling against UK trade mark protection for the shape. We also noted that Nestlé’s nemesis in all of this has been Mondelēz International, a group whose brands include Cadbury....

Aug
31
2018

The African Century – Michael Sippitt’s Letter to City AM
#Commercial #Press

It is good news that the Prime Minister is on a mission to emphasise the opportunities of more trade with Africa. ...

Aug
29
2018

Do you want fries - I mean AI with that?
#Information Technology #Commercial #Food and Restaurants

Recent weather and its impact on the food chain has seen quite a bit of media coverage over the last couple of months. However, the increased use and experiments with AI in all aspects of the food and beverage sector has also proved topical....

Aug
14
2018

AI the future of retail banking?
#Commercial #Information Technology

The use of AI software in providing audit and compliance roles, conversational interfaces (“chatbots”) and analytics to identify and match clients best positioned for particular investments is and has been in operation for some time in the commercial banking sector....

Aug
14
2018

Administration in brief
#Commercial #Corporate

In light of the increasing number of retailers entering insolvency proceedings the spot light is again on the administration process. This article summarises the administration process and reflects on why it has received recent bad press....

Aug
01
2018

Clarkslegal advises BMW Group UK on recent acquisition
#Corporate #Automotive #Commercial

Head of Corporate, Ashan Arif supported by Kirstin Parker, Caroline Lendrum and Martha Craven, advised BMW Group UK on its recent acquisition from H.R. Owen. Details of the transaction are confidential. ...

Jul
09
2018

Data Protection Reform and buying and selling businesses and assets
#Data Protection #Commercial #Corporate

The Introduction of GDPR and the new Data Protection Act 2018 has already been the subject of many an article and discussion....

Jun
20
2018

Clarkslegal wins Strike Out Application following new Contract Law ruling
#Dispute Resolution #Commercial #Public Procurement

In a hugely significant judgment for businesses, the Supreme Court has tightened the flexibility traditionally enjoyed by contracting parties to vary the terms of their contracts (Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange 2018)....

Jun
20
2018

Can Technology help us save the planet?
#Commercial #Information Technology #Environment

Advances in technology have been one of the major causes of the significant impact that we have had on the resources and natural balance of the planet, specifically the energy that we use (think planes, trains, cars, air-conditioning and so on). ...

Jun
12
2018

House of Fraser in Hot Water: the rise of Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs)
#Corporate #Commercial

House of Fraser is the latest high-profile CVA in the retail sector but it’s not just the retail sector which has been inundated: the latest government statistics show that there has been an 85.5% increase in the use of CVAs.[1]...

Apr
11
2018

'Crypto Confidence' - Zafar Kanani writes for Finance Monthly
#Commercial #Information Technology

The cryptowave is only going to build more momentum in the next 12 to 18 months. Just two weeks ago Barclays announced a partnership with a leading crypto company to facilitate payments to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, the most established crypto assets. This may reflect a trend of major financial institutions moving away from outright denunciation of cryptocurrencies to a cautious participation, marking a significant shift in their approach and making these assets much more accessible to new investors....

Apr
10
2018

Getting Ready for GDPR: Key Points
#Commercial #Data Protection

Admittedly, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may not be the most exciting piece of legislation… however, with just over six weeks until it comes into force, the time for ensuring you are fully compliant is NOW!...

Mar
13
2018

Novation and Assignment: Sisters, Not Twins
#Commercial

There’s often, understandably, a bit of uncertainty about whether (and how) a party to a contract can “assign” (transfer) its rights, or pass on its obligations, under that contract, to another person....

Feb
02
2018

‘UK businesses seek opportunities in China after Brexit’- Michael Sippitt comments on CNBC
#Commercial #Press

British Prime Minister Theresa May brought along a 50-strong business delegation to China. Deals worth an estimated $12 billion are expected to be signed. As the terms of a Brexit remain uncertain, United Kingdom businesses are looking to tap into the Chinese market, more so than ever....

Dec
21
2017

Zafar Kanani comments for IDG Connect on 'Is Bitcoin a bubble?'
#Commercial #Press

Released in 2009 as open source software, Bitcoin has quickly become one of the world’s most notable cryptocurrencies and payment systems. The digital currency is so lucrative because it’s decentralised by design, meaning it doesn’t need access to a central bank or administrator....

Dec
12
2017

Toblerone vs Twin Peaks
#Commercial #Corporate #Dispute Resolution

Poundland’s Twin Peaks chocolate bar has recently gone on sale and it’s already creating a buzz, with a rival issuing legal proceedings. Why all the fuss?...

Nov
08
2017

Changes to the PSC Regime
#Corporate #Commercial

Since the PSC Regulations came into effect in June 2016, changes to a company’s PSC information have been filed annually at Companies House on the Confirmation Statement....

Oct
10
2017

EIS and SEIS – what are these and how can you benefit?
#Commercial

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) are schemes run by the government offering generous tax breaks to encourage SME growth and investment in such companies....

Aug
31
2017

Directors’ & Officers’ Liability Insurance
#Corporate #Commercial #Directors Duties

We are often asked by directors (both exec and non-exec) of clients about whether their company should have D & O liability insurance in place, and what it does and does not cover....

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