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Game of Drones – a song of spies and flyers

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When drones are used to spy on the sets of Game of Thrones, or to disrupt airports and our holidays’, we could be forgiven for thinking that no good can come of this emerging technology. So with all the negative press coverage they have had in the last year or so, we ask are there any positive uses for drones?

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9 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Drones can lift the UK economy, so why is the law weighing us down?

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Commercial drone Philip Banks-Welsh

As Google’s ‘Wing’ drones have been approved to make public deliveries in Australia it is becoming increasingly clear that airborne drones will play a significant role in our future. With advances in technology, few could argue that the private, public, and commercial applications of airborne drones is huge. But is the UK at risk of being left behind by failing to incubate this potentially lucrative industry?

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20 December 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Drones cause major disruption at UK airport

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It was no great surprise to hear about the disruption at Gatwick which was caused by one or more airborne drones being flown within the airport airspace, and an incident of this nature and magnitude was pretty much inevitable at some point.

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15 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Getting a drone for christmas? Make sure a criminal record doesn’t come with it!

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Drone christmas tree

Drones (of the airborne variety) are likely to be very high up on Christmas lists this year, and many of them are likely to find their way into the hands of people who have never operated one before.

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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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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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Online court pilot

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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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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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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27 May 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Important update on the implementation of changes to old rules for copyright protection of “artistic works”

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Artistic designs

In a previous article published on 24 March 2016 it was identified that the IPO were reconsidering the implementation date for the proposed changes to copyright protection for articles which qualify as “artistic works”.

The original date for the change was April 2015 with a 5 year transitional period. This was later revised to April 2016, after being challenged, with a much reduced transitional period until 28 October 2016. The latest position is that the changes will now become effective on 28 July 2016 with a transitional period ending on 28 January 2017.

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24 March 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Are you ready for the changes to copyright protection for artistic designs?

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Designer chairs

Legislation introduced by the Government will bring an end to the shortened period of copyright protection for artistic designs which are industrially manufactured and sold.

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