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‘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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Brexit – assessing the impact on your commercial contracts

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Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the UK Government’s intention to trigger the formal EU withdrawal process before the end of March 2017. May has also announced that all EU laws will initially become part of UK law, under a ‘Great Repeal Bill’ to be introduced in the next Queen’s Speech in April/May 2017.

The future changes to the overall legal landscape and the commercial environment as a result of Brexit could affect the substantive contractual obligations and commercial bargain between parties. Here are our recommendations to help you prepare for and manage the impact of Brexit on existing and new contracts.

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How long do maintenance payments last? Are they a ‘meal ticket for life’?

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Maintenance payments

Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson has recently suggested that many wives in long marriages should be entitled to a “meal ticket for life” (ongoing maintenance payments) from their ex following a divorce.

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BBC’s Panorama highlights homecare crisis, or does it?

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Homecare funding crisis

It is well known that the social care sector is in the midst of a funding crisis due to punishing budget cuts and stagnant fee rates. CQC has publicly stated that the sector is “at tipping point”.

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Training contract applications – hints and tips

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“There is no substitute for hard work” – Thomas A. Edison

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Retailer Argos beaten in domain name battle at UK court

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Argos domain battle

In a landmark ruling, UK retailer Argos (UK Argos), the catalogue shopping giant that is owned by the Sainsbury’s supermarket chain, recently lost its claim for trade mark infringement and passing off through the domain name argos.com against US software company Argos Systems (US Argos), which trades in North and South America.

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Has contesting a Will for an adult child become more difficult?

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The final chapter of the Ilott v Mitson inheritance dispute case is now at an end. So have adult child claims for financial provision under the Inheritance Act now become far more difficult?

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Does your Will provide for your partner?

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These days it’s more and more common for couples to live together without being married. Whether they have been married before or are simply separated from their spouse, these situations regularly result in inheritance disputes in the event of an untimely death.

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The law becomes real- Insights from a first seat trainee solicitor

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I have just finished my first seat in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence at the Oxford office of Royds Withy King and this is a quick snapshot of my work

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New media and communications list and the risk of trolling

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Defamation on Twitter

As the courts recognise a need to deal efficiently with ever-increasing defamation claims, largely from online publications, a new list within the Queen’s Bench Division called the “Media and Communications List” has been created.  Defamation specialist Mr Justice Warby is the Judge in charge of this list. But how easy is it to prove defamation and what role does social media play?

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Budget 2017: Can pubs toast latest changes to business rates?

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced special business rates protection for pubs in England in the final Spring budget statement to recognise “the valuable role that local pubs play in our communities”.

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5 top tips for future trainees

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NQ solicitor Ivelina Morris offers some advice to future trainees and law students

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