April 2012

Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

26-04-2012 09:04

Most people will be aware of Intellectual Property – for example, patents, trade marks and copyright to name some of the most well known IP rights.  But did you know that today, 26 April, is World Intellectual Property Day?!

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‘Facebook’ dismissal was fair for an employee who had posted vulgar comments about a female colleague

23-04-2012 16:30

In the recently decided case of Teggart v TeleTech UK Limited NIIT 00704/11 the Northern Ireland industrial tribunal held that an employee who posted vulgar comments about a colleague on his Facebook page was fairly dismissed.

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Restraining the Presentation of a Winding Up Petition

20-04-2012 13:45

In a recent case, Tallington Lakes Limited –v- South Kesteven District Council [2012] EWCA civ 443, Tallington Lakes Limited sought to appeal the decision of a lower court to refuse to restrain the presentation of a winding up petition by South Kesteven District Council.


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Timely Instruction of Experts

16-04-2012 15:31

The Court of Appeal recently heard an appeal concerning permission to change an expert witness shortly before trial began (Guntrip v Cheney Coaches Limited [2012] EWCA Civ 392).  The matter concerned a coach driver who brought proceedings against his employer for negligence and breach of statutory duty.

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New Pilot Scheme for Mediation in the Court of Appeal

12-04-2012 09:39

The Judicial Office issued a press release on 30 March 2012 concerning a new pilot scheme for mediation in the Court of Appeal.  The scheme will form part of CAMS (Court of Appeal Mediation Scheme) and runs for a year from 2 April 2012.

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Costs following claim being struck out: new case law

10-04-2012 16:40

In the case of Citation Plc v Ellis Whittam Limited [2012] EWHC 764 (QB) the Court had to make a decision as to which party should be liable for costs for the period both before the claim form was issued and after the claim form was issued in the case where the claim had been struck out.

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Update: Small Claims Track in the Patents County Court

05-04-2012 16:33

As regular readers of the blog will recall, we have previously discussed the proposed changes to the Patents County Court (“PCC”) and the suggestion, following the Hargreaves Review, that a small claims track is introduced in the PCC.

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New Sloan Plumb Wood Newsletter

02-04-2012 11:33

Our most recent newsletter is now available online!

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