May 2012

Inframatrix Investments Ltd v Dean Construction Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 64 (03 February 2012)

31-05-2012 11:12

In our newsletter, SPW 114, issued in the Autumn of 2011, we considered the first instance decision in this matter. That decision has now been appealed to the Court of Appeal for consideration.

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Dispute between Neighbours – A case for mediation?

28-05-2012 09:48

Faidi & Anor v Elliot Corporation [2012] EWCA Civ 287 (16 March 2012)  This case involved a dispute between neighbours in a prestigious block of flats in London. Carpeted flooring had been removed from an upper flat and replaced with timber flooring benefitting from underfloor heating. The downstairs neighbours took exception to the noise created by this and sought to enforce a covenant in the lease of the property requiring floors within the flats (save for the bathroom and kitchen) to be carpeted, however, both the court at first instance and the Court of Appeal concluded that the timber flooring had been installed with the freeholders consent and the freeholder had waived the right to strictly enforce the terms of the lease of the premises which had required that floors be carpeted.

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gTLD on ice!

24-05-2012 09:55

On 21 May 2012 ICANN announced the reopening of its software system for applications to register generic top-level domains. ICANN had closed the system temporarily on 12 April following the discovery of an apparent security “glitch” making it possible for some applicants to see the application details of others.

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Intellectual Property: Unjustified Threats reform?

21-05-2012 12:40

Unjustified threats exist in certain kinds of intellectual property claims. With limited exceptions, a threat to bring a claim for infringement of patents, registered designs, unregistered design right or trademarks may be actionable by any person affected by the threat including a third party, e.g. a customer.

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The “Patent Box” – tax changes to promote innovation

17-05-2012 11:50

As from 1 April 2013 changes to the corporation tax regime come into effect designed to promote innovation through the use of the patent system. From that date companies will be able to apply to have profits attributable to “qualifying intellectual property” taxed at the rate of 10% compared with the current rate of 24%.

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Court considers “cost effective” and “appropriate” way of resolving disputes

14-05-2012 16:30

In a recent case, the Court of Appeal had to decide whether a lower Court was right to strike out a claim that was worth in the region of £50.


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Online Business Bootcamp

10-05-2012 09:11

Just a quick reminder that Emma Hayward will be speaking at a local Online Business Bootcamp on 17 May 2012 run by PR and marketing agency Media Matters.

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Could you sack a workforce by mistake by email?

08-05-2012 09:54

That is exactly what Aviva did when an exit email was delivered by mistake from its HR department to the entire workforce of Aviva Investors of more than 1300 employees.  The email was intended for one employee only. 

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We need to talk: Acas publishes first guide on mental illness at work

03-05-2012 10:53

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published its first guide on tackling mental illness at work which it describes as "the last taboo in business".

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Online Business Bootcamp

01-05-2012 09:54

Emma Hayward will be speaking at a local Online Business Bootcamp on 17 May 2012 run by PR and marketing agency Media Matters.

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