Completing and updating your company's Person with Significant Control Register

As of 26 July 2017, it has been a legal requirement that limited companies and limited liability partnerships maintain a Person with Significant Control Register ( PSC Register ) so why is it, after all this time, when I look up a company at Companies House...

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....

Make your 'mark' to avoid legal woes

Businesses across Chelmsford and the region are urged to protect their products or brands by the use of a registered trade mark. The advice comes from intellectual property lawyer Claire Wiles, part of the dispute resolution team at Essex based law firm...

Protecting intellectual property

The politicians all agree: a key lesson from the credit crisis is that we need to re-balance the British economy and that harnessing new ideas and new ways of doing things will be a major part of that exercise. At Birkett Long, we see encouraging signs that...

Reflect reality in your contracts

The recent case of Kingsway Hall Hotel v Red Sky IT (Hounslow) Ltd has highlighted the need for a supplier’s standard terms and conditions to accurately reflect the reality of the situation for both parties. One size certainly does not fit all. The...

Illegal Downloading - What Happens If You Break The Law?

Illegal downloading has become a significant threat to the music, film and television industries. Every day millions of people illegally download music, movies and television programmes from the web. Some estimates report that half the population of the UK...

Fujitsu launches trademark fight over iPad

While software manufacturer Apple’s new iPad has received mixed reactions across the blogosphere, the company’s biggest battle may be against its rivals as Fujitsu launches a trademark dispute over the iPad moniker. Press reports have revealed...

Court charges Kent counterfeiter

A Kent-based counterfeiter has been given a two-year suspended sentence following Trading Standards’ investigations. Lawrence Barratt was found guilty after Trading Standards Officers observed him selling fake DVDs at a car boot sale. Later, police...

Football transmission 'kicks' pub licensees into court

Two pub licensees have been tried and convicted of breaching copyright laws and fined for their efforts. The individuals concerned were involved in a large scale trial for showing foreign satellite football on their premises. The licensees are among 26...

Increased penalties for data protection breaches

Organisations could face fines of up to £500,000 if found guilty of serious data protection breaches, according to new Government rules set to be enforced this year. Public sector, voluntary and private organisations have been warned by the...

US copyright judgements 'unenforceable in English jurisdiction'

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision to deny US copyright judgements precedence in English courts regarding the sale of Star Wars memorabilia. Andrew Ainsworth was challenged by Star Wars creator, George Lucas, in a multi-million pound battle over the...

Illegal Downloading to be Targeted by New Laws

The Government’s Digital Britain report, which was published earlier this year, was criticised for its “too soft” approach to illegal downloading. It led to an outcry from film and record companies who have been pushing for tougher...

If Only...I had used a Software Licence

Most computer users are aware of the existence of “end user” licenses for computer software, even if they are not familiar with the meaning behind the small print. Every time you sign up to a new program for use on a computer, you will be asked...