Intellectual property law – achieving a balance between the right to enforce and protecting innovation – Law Commission

‘Patents, trade marks and design rights are valuable intellectual property (IP) rights and vital to economic growth. They ensure that research and innovation is encouraged and rewarded. And, for some small businesses, they can represent their most significant assets. The law provides effective ways to enforce IP rights but these can be misused to drive competitors from the market. In a report published today, the Law Commission is recommending reforms that will allow individuals and businesses to protect their IP rights but not at the expense of new ideas and inventions.’

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Law Commission, 15th April 2014


Crackdown to stop bailiffs using aggressive tactics – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2014 in bailiffs, debts, enforcement, news by sally

‘Sweeping changes to the way bailiffs can enforce the repayment of debts come into force on Sunday.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2014


Ministers defeated in grey squirrel battle – The Independent

Posted March 19th, 2014 in animals, enforcement, news, prosecutions, protected species by tracey

‘Ministers have admitted defeat in their battle against grey squirrels, and will scrap a law to protect their red cousins. Campaigners, and MPs in the North East where the red squirrel can still be found, have expressed their shock at the abandonment of the law requiring people to report grey squirrels on their land so they can be exterminated.’

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The Independent, 18th Independent 2014


Mann v Mann – WLR daily

Mann v Mann: [2014] EWHC 537 (Fam);   [2014] WLR (D)  114

‘In proceedings to enforce an order for ancillary relief, not governed by FPR Pt 9, where the parties had made an agreement to engage in alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) the court could exercise its powers under FPR r 3.3(1)(b) to enable ADR to take place even if one party was trying to back out of that agreement. Although it was not possible to compel the parties to take part in mediation, since that would operate as a bar to enforcement, it was possible to robustly encourage mediation by means of an “Ungley order” to make it clear that an unreasonable refusal to participate in the ADR might well attract a costs sanction.’

WLR Daily, 5th March 2014


Coming to a tribunal near you: Anti-competitive practices and land agreements? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted March 10th, 2014 in competition, enforcement, jurisdiction, news, restrictive covenants, tribunals by sally

‘The First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) has just been asked to decide whether it has jurisdiction to make a determination as to whether a restrictive covenant is void and unenforceable pursuant to the “Chapter I Prohibition” under the Competition Act 1998 (“the Act”).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 5th March 2014


CCTV warning notices non-compliant with data protection laws, says watchdog –

‘The Government must take action to ensure that signs used to warn motorists that CCTV cameras are being used to monitor for parking offences are compliant with UK data protection laws, a watchdog has said.’

Full story, 7th February 2014


Charity Commission not fit for purpose, warn MPs – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2014 in Charity Commission, enforcement, news by sally

‘The Charity Commission is not “fit for purpose” and has persistently failed to tackle abuses of charitable status properly, MPs have said.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2014


When to plead fraud – Barristers’ Hub

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in enforcement, fraud, misrepresentation, news, pleadings, time limits by tracey

‘Pleading fraud is not to be done lightly, and there can be significant adverse consequences of doing so inappropriately. Equally, however, failing to plead fraud where appropriate can deprive a party to litigation of the opportunity to succeed on a point which might be decisive in that party’s favour, and successfully alleging fraud can have very beneficial consequences in terms of liability, remedy and enforcement. This article is intended to provide a brief overview of factors that should be weighed when deciding whether to plead fraud in any given (civil) claim.’

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Barristers’ Hub, 31st January 2014


Surrogacy: A Guide to the Current Law (Part 2) – Issues Arising – Family Law Week

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in consent, enforcement, families, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘In the second of two articles providing an introduction to surrogacy law, Bianca Jackson, a pupil barrister at Coram Chambers, considers the main issues arising from the current legislation.’

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Family Law Week, 30th January 2014


Sixty victims of loan sharks in witness protection – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2014 in enforcement, interest, intimidation, loans, news, threatening behaviour, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Sixty victims of loan sharks are in witness protection, according to the country’s leading official tasked with breaking the cycle of fear, intimidation and violence trapping families who have borrowed money from illegal lenders.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2014


Confiscation orders take only 26p in every £100 from criminals, NAO finds – The Guardian

‘Confiscation orders designed to ensure crime does not pay provide neither value for money nor a credible deterrent as perpetrators keep all but 26p in every £100 generated by the criminal economy, according to a damning report.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2013


Gomes Viana Novo and others v Fundo de Garantia Salarial IP (Wage Guarantee Fund) – WLR Daily

Posted December 4th, 2013 in EC law, employment, enforcement, insolvency, law reports, remuneration by sally

Gomes Viana Novo and others v Fundo de Garantia Salarial IP (Wage Guarantee Fund) (Case C‑309/12); [2013] WLR (D) 465

‘Council Directive 80/987/EEC of 20 October 1980 relating to the protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer (as amended by Parliament and Council Directive 2002/74/EC of 23 September 2002) did not preclude national legislation which did not guarantee wage claims falling due more than six months before the commencement of an action seeking a declaration that the employer was insolvent, even where the workers initiated, prior to the start of that period, legal proceedings against their employer with a view to obtaining a determination of the amount of those claims and an enforcement order to recover those sums.’

WLR Daily, 28th November 2013


EU migrants: David Cameron sets out more benefit restrictions – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2013 in benefits, bills, EC law, employment, enforcement, fines, housing, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘David Cameron made a fresh effort to assuage public concern about a wave of migration from Bulgaria and Romania on Tuesday when he announced a series of benefit restrictions on all EU migrant workers, including a ban on access to housing benefit for all new arrivals and a three-month ban before jobseeker’s allowance can be claimed.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2013


Breathing a sigh of relief…? – Zenith Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2013 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, enforcement, news, practice directions by sally

“By the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2013 CPR r. 3.9 was substantially amended with effect from 1st April 2013. The ‘new’ rule reads as follows:
‘3.9 (1) On an application for relief from any sanction imposed for a failure to comply with any rule, practice direction or court order, the court will consider all the circumstances of the case, so as to enable it to deal justly with the application, including the need –
(a) for litigation to be conducted efficiently and at proportionate cost; and
(b) to enforce compliance with rules, practice directions and orders.
(2) An application for relief must be supported by evidence.'”

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Zenith Chambers, 25th October 2013


Commission of the European Union v Federal Republic of Germany – WLR Daily

Posted October 24th, 2013 in EC law, enforcement, judgments, law reports, treaties by tracey

Commission of the European Union v Federal Republic of Germany: (Case C-95/12);   [2013] WLR (D)  399

“The procedure laid down in article 260(2)FEU of the FEU Treaty had to be regarded as a special judicial procedure for the enforcement of the judgments of the court, ie a method of enforcement.”

WLR Daily, 22nd October 2013


Should we have an enforceable right to food? – Professor Geraldine van Bueren Q.C. – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 21st, 2013 in enforcement, food, human rights, news, statutory duty by sally

“Nearly eight hundred years ago, in 1216 English law first recognized a right to food. Yet between April and September this year over 350,000 people received three days’ emergency food from the Trussell Trust food banks, triple the numbers helped in the same period last year.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th October 2013


The Importance of Being Earnest – NearlyLegal

“We have seen Santander having trouble in mortgage possession proceedings in Northern Ireland recently. Here is another example which could perhaps, indeed maybe should, have been avoided, if the lender had actually taken proceedings sufficiently seriously.”

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NearlyLegal, 11th October 2013


Salzgitter Mannesmann Handel GmbH v SC Laminorul SA – WLR Daily

Posted October 1st, 2013 in EC law, enforcement, foreign jurisdictions, judgments, law reports by sally

Salzgitter Mannesmann Handel GmbH v SC Laminorul SA (Case C-157/12); [2013] WLR (D) 362

“Article 34(4) of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (OJ 2001 L12, p 1) was of no application to irreconcilable judgments given by courts of the same member states.”

WLR Daily, 26th September 2013


Expecting business to respect human rights without incentives or Sanctions – UK Human Rights Blog

“Cross-government coordination on an issue that affects trade, international development, foreign affairs, business activity and human rights is remarkable, especially at such a difficult economic time. So the UK’s Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, which is the government’s long-awaited strategy for implementing the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, is to be applauded for this achievement. Yet, while the Plan establishes clear expectations that UK companies should respect human rights, there are no effective legal requirements placed on them to do so.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th September 2013


Russian wife awarded £53 million divorce settlement at London’s High Court – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 15th, 2013 in contempt of court, costs, divorce, enforcement, financial provision, news by sally

“A Russian wife has been awarded one of the highest divorce settlements ever made by an English court after a judge ruled that she should receive more than £53 million from her ex-husband.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2013