Legal articles

Housing Bill amendments

Posted by Carol Matthews on February 5 2016 in Social housing

Savills and JLL have been working closely with Treasury on the aspects of the new housing bill which will give some comfort to funders. Some of these changes align the administration rules for an RP more closely with insolvency rules and others relate to the mortgagee exemption clause.

Sports selection: getting it right

Posted by Richard Lane on February 3 2016 in Sport

As the excitement and pressure builds toward the staging of the 2016 Olympics, sports governing bodies must ensure that their selection decisions can withstand scrutiny if they are challenged.

Throwing (out) some shapes

Posted by Iain Colville on February 1 2016 in Intellectual property, Trademark infringements

On 20 January 2016, Mr Justice Arnold of the High Court held two distinctive shapes (Nestlé’s KitKat chocolate bar and the London taxi) were incapable of registration as trade marks. Before turning to Mr Justice Arnold’s decisions, summarised below are the general requirements a mark (including shapes) must meet in order to be registered as a trade mark, as well as relevant exclusions.

Contemplating separation instead of divorce

Posted by Assmiea Hussain on February 1 2016 in Family & divorce

Many couples prefer to reach an agreement about financial matters arising out of their separation without involving the Court at all. The way this can be achieved is for the parties to sign a written agreement, which is more informal and records the terms of the separation.

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