18th November 2014

Determining factors in an unfair dismissal claim

It is well known that in a case of misconduct, the failure to follow a fair procedure, not establishing a genuine belief of the misconduct after a reasonable investigation and not having reasonable grounds to form that belief, could expose an employer to a finding of unfair dismissal at a Tribunal. Such a finding could be costly to defend, result in a significant pay-out of compensation and damage the reputation of the business both internally and externally.

18th November 2014

Challenging Guarantees

Personal guarantees given in the past to support corporate borrowing may well have been put in a drawer with no real expectation that they would ever again see the light of day. In these challenging economic times, however, more and more of them are being dusted down and used by lenders to recover unpaid debts. At this point the guarantee may be subject to a great deal more scrutiny than when it was given, with the guarantor (often a company owner/director) looking to avoid or reduce any liability and the lender conversely wanting to ensure that it maximises its recovery under the guarantee.

17th November 2014

Sound-alike songs: blurring the lines

IP & IT analysis: Claims that the hit song 'Blurred Lines' plagiarises a Marvin Gaye song will be settled by trial, a judge in the US has ruled. In this complex area of copyright law, a jury will have to decide how similar the two songs are. Nigel Dewar Gibb, partner at Pitmans LLP, considers the fine line between inspiration and copying and looks at how artists can protect against sound-alikes and unauthorised use of their songs.

17th November 2014

Pitmans LLP acts for Keltec Shareholders on sale to Annodata

Pitmans, the leading and dynamic deal making corporate law firm in the South East has acted for the shareholders of Keltec Limited in the recent acquisition of the Company by Annodata, a leading provider of communications, managed print and data service for business. Keltec, founded in 1998 and based in Bracknell, has vast experience in delivering end-to-end IT solutions to customers of varying sizes nationwide.

13th November 2014

Community Trade Mark Applications – A New Dawn

The number of Community Trade Mark applications received and processed by the OHIM (‘the Office’) is increasing year-on-year. In 2013, the Office received more than 114 thousands trade mark applications, and this was a 6% increase on the previous year. In the 2013 Annual Report the Office stated that one of the challenges that it faced was to continue improving the quality of the services offered to its users.

11th November 2014

The UK Ranked Number One for Chinese Investment

The UK has seen a significant increase in Chinese investment over the past few years. In 2012 the UK overtook France as the prime destination in Europe for investment from China. Investment has increased almost exponentially with China having invested over twice as much in the UK since 2012 as it had over the previous 7 years.