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Miscellaneous / Various

Changes to Fines for Criminal Offences

This Briefing Note sets out the forthcoming changes that will remove or amend the caps on fines that magistrates’ courts can impose for criminal offences.

Criminal liability for businesses

A vast amount of the laws that apply to businesses include criminal offences that are punishable on summary conviction in a magistrates’ court. These offences may apply to: 

  • An individual. For example a company director or an employee.
  • A company.
  • A partnership.

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Are you ready for the Olympics? (Extract from the June 2012 edition of Commercial Law News)

Before you make plans to start advertising take a moment to consider what you can and cannot do legally if you are not an official sponsor of the Games. The Olympics are a well-oiled machine when it comes to protecting their intellectual property and therefore you must be very careful before you start creating your own marketing strategy piggy-backing off the Olympics.

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The Olympics - Legal Dos and Don'ts

We’re all excited that the Olympics will be coming to London this summer, and even more so that they will be coming to Surrey as the cycle route sweeps through. But what does this mean for your business and your marketing strategies?

Before you make plans to start advertising or using your own creative version of the logo, take a moment to read this briefing note to understand what you can and cannot do legally if you are not an official sponsor of the Games.

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Domestic workers (extract from February 2012 edition of Employment Law News)

Domestic workers living as part of the family for whom they work can fall under the “au pair” exception to the right to be paid minimum wage.  This exception, and how to determine whether a person falls within it, was recently examined by the EAT in Jose v Julio (and other linked cases).

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Intellectual Property Rights

This briefing note highlights the different types of intellectual property (“IP”) rights that your business needs to be aware of to ensure that you: 

  • Protect what you create.
  • Maximise your competitive position.
  • Avoid infringing the IP rights of other people and businesses.

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Brand Management

This checklist sets out the practical steps that will help your business protect, use and exploit any brand that it owns.

What is a brand?

A strong brand helps distinguish your products from your competitors’.  It adds value to your business by enhancing consumer awareness and improving customer loyalty.  A strong brand can be a very valuable commercial asset.  A brand can be made up of many elements, including:- 

  • A logo (Nike swish)
  • A word (Kodak)
  • A colour (Virgin red)
  • A shape (Coca-Cola bottle)
  • A strap line or jingle (the future’s bright, the future’s Orange)
  • A domain name (Amazon.com)
  • A person’s name (David Beckham)

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Commercial and Employment Law Newsflash - Important Reminder of Recent Changes to the Law (July 2011)

THE BRIBERY ACT 2010

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1st July 2011.  It is important that you take action to protect your business and your directors from claims under the Act.  Please follow this link to the Morgan Russell Bribery Act article and you can also read the guidance to the Act here.

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New Powers for the Information Commissioner

From 6 April 2021 the Information Commissioner (“the Commissioner”) will have the power to issue a monetary penalty notice (“MPN”) against your business if it has committed a serious data protection breach.

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Points Based System of Immigration

There has been a radical overhaul of the immigration system in the UK, to a new Points Based System (“PBS”).  Previous immigration categories have been streamlined into 5 tiers, as set out below. The 5 tiers have been introduced in stages and now all but Tier 3 (which has been suspended) have been implemented.

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