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The Bank of Mum and Dad - open or closed?

Many of us are very familiar with the concept of the Bank of Mum and Dad. Both those giving and those of us receiving. Why has there been such a rise in such lending, and does it pose any difficulties for both sides? Several UK-based financial institutions...

What is an attorney's role?

If you have been appointed as someone’s attorney, under a Lasting Power of Attorney (also known as a LPA), then it is important that you know what your responsibilities are. There are two types of LPA; Health and Welfare (HW) and Property and...

The spirit of adventure - Sir Ranulph Fiennes licensing deal

Birkett Long was recently tasked structuring a licensing deal with Sir Ranulph Fiennes for the purposes of producing high quality Rum. The resulting rum is called ‘Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Great British Rum’ and is available at ...

In the pink: colour marks & overreaching rights holders

Birkett Long regularly makes European Community Trade Mark applications. Recently, a couple of those applications concerned icons and slogans in a distinctive shade of pink.   Our client, which is a global leader in computer software and gaming,...

COVID-19 : The response of Intellectual Property Offices

As the coronavirus epidemic sweeps across the World, the Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) of different countries have been quick to respond and support clients: The UK IPO has issued a notice stating that 24 March 2020 and the subsequent period are...

Compulsory licences - demand meeting supply for patented products

Extraordinary times often call for extraordinary measures, and there is no more extraordinary time than that of the present. COVID-19 is leading to shortages of all manner of products, not least consumer articles such as hand sanitiser, pasta and toilet...

Diversification to create additional revenue streams

In response to political and economic uncertainties, British landowners are seeking to diversify their estate to create additional revenue streams. There are many diversification options available to landowners, such as: Selling a proportion of the estate...

Growing your business: Is growth on your agenda?

Business leaders that have a plan for growth tend to be more optimistic about achieving their goals. Growth can take time and can come in many forms. It could involve: organic growth, expanding and developing your staff to help you grow expanding your...

Having a contract in writing: why you need one and why it's a good investment

Many business deals are concluded by “Gentleman’s Agreements”. These can work for people and businesses - until there is an issue or uncertainty. Unfortunately, deals and relationships in business can, and do, go wrong for many reasons....

Essex Law firm recruits new Collaboratively trained solicitor

Birkett Long has recruited Shelley Cumbers, a collaboratively trained solicitor into its Divorce and Family team. The collaborative law process is one of many options for separating and divorcing couples and involves the couple working together with their...
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