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7 August 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

“Is assault by drone now an inevitability?”

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It is a surprise to many that we have not seen a proliferation of drone based assaults already. Drones potentially offer surprise, lethality and stand-off – all in a relatively straightforward ‘off-the shelf’ available form that can be difficult to trace forensically and which has a limited risk for the “pilot”.

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30 May 2018 0 Comments Posted in News, Technology & Media

New drone legislation on horizon

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New drone legislation is set to be introduced in the UK over the coming months with a view to increasing the safety of drone use. But what do we all need to know about drones and the new frontier they represent for UK businesses? Comment from Royds Withy King drones lawyer and former RAF air traffic controller Philip Banks-Welsh.

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26 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Technology & media

Martin Lewis and the Facebook ‘face-off’ – why is he suing Facebook over someone else’s ads?

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Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, is to launch defamation proceedings against Facebook over claims that more than 50 fake advertisements featuring his face and name have recently appeared on the popular social media platform.

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15 December 2017 0 Comments Posted in Videos

The Royds Withy King Star Award 2017

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At the end of each year, an individual or team is presented with our Star Award for truly going above and beyond their role. Here is a short film we created to congratulate Jo Hockett, a vital member of our …

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23 August 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Clubs vote to take the power back from the players

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After a player’s shock move to a new club a year too early, English Premiership clubs have unanimously voted to close a contract loophole.

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1 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Online court pilot – a brave new world for the court system

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According to minutes from the Civil Procedure Rules Committee meeting in April, a pilot scheme to test the new online court is set for late July. On the face of it, a court system offering the improved use of technology would provide an opportunity for litigants to benefit from more efficient court processes. However, many commentators question whether the online court will streamline litigation, or leave users disillusioned and frustrated.

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26 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in News

Businesses invited to Economic Question Time events in Bath, Oxford and Swindon

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We are hosting a series of Economic Question Time events in Bath, Swindon and Oxford led by highly-acclaimed economist and public speaker, Mark Berrisford-Smith.

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20 April 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Concussion in professional sport- a legal headache for the industry?

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The Football Association and Professional Footballers’ Association have recently announced that they are to commission a study into the potential links between heading footballs and brain damage.

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24 March 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

‘What’s in a name?’ Reusing a company name after insolvency

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To quote Shakespeare, “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet”, which suggests that names are of limited importance and do not really affect what things are. However, in business a name is all-important and it is not uncommon for directors of insolvent companies to want to continue trading using another company with the same or a similar name.

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21 February 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Code-hopping in sports and the impact on contracts

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Denny Solomona’s switch from Castleford Tigers to Sale Sharks and Johan Goosen’s retirement from Racing 92 amidst rumours of a move to Gloucester are two high profile cases in the world of rugby which have hit the headlines. But what are the legal implications of a code-switch mid-contract?

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19 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Investigating corporate insolvency – are you prepared?

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We all saw the news last year about BHS and its sad demise. At the time, Business Secretary Sajid Javid ordered the Insolvency Service to fast-track its investigation of BHS and the circumstances which led to its insolvency. What lessons can companies look to learn from this retail giant?

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21 November 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Success for football agent in claim against rival

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Cut out of an unwritten transfer contract with a player, an agent succeeds with claim against a rival agent and football club for loss of the chance to be paid the agent’s fee.

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