Capital Law

What's In A Name? Recent IP Disputes Setting The Legal World Alight

Wayne Beynon | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

Have you got Iceland (the frozen food supermarket) confused with Iceland (the country) before? Granted it's not an everyday issue for most of us, but there are occasions when some conversational confusion may take place.

Paupers and Princes Alike: The Changing Face of Litigation Funding

Andrew Brown | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Andrew Brown

Litigation funding has been around for a long time, and the face of it is changing. Where it was once seen as a distress purchase, for businesses without the necessary capital to fund costly litigation procedures, it is now being utilised by financially healthy organisations, who would rather avoid risk, choosing instead to use their capital elsewhere.

British Comedy Gets the Last Laugh Following Parody Law Reform

Wayne Beynon | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Wayne Beynon

The new Intellectual Property Act 2014 which came into effect last month has effectively legalised the art of parody, a comedic genre which, believe it or not, has until now been classed as illegal.

Banks Up Their Game in Interest Swap Compensation Saga

Andrew Brown | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Andrew Brown

Following on from my most recent two blog posts (here and here) on the subject of the ongoing interest rate swap mis selling compensation scheme, the ...

Interest Rate Swaps: Is There Enough in the Pot to Cover Consequential Losses?

Andrew Brown | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Andrew Brown

Despite setting aside almost £3 billion to compensate businesses affected by the interest rate swap mis-selling scandal, the full bill Britain's banks must pay for mis-selling swap products won't be known for some time.

British Banks Told They Are Deceiving Themselves Over Interest Rate Swap Compensation

Andrew Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Andrew Brown

British banks have paid out only a fraction of the £3 billion designated to compensate SMEs mis-sold interest rate swaps products, drawing criticism from the business world and the financial watchdog.

The Great Interest Rate Swap Saga: Are You Eligible for Consequential Losses

Andrew Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Andrew Brown

According to the FCA, more than 25,000 sales are in the process of being assessed by the banks and the first letters offering compensation have been sent out. The FCA expects most customers will be informed of the result of their review and of any possible basic redress (the repayment of the sums paid by the customer under the 'swap') by the end of the year.

Voucher Codes: The Peaks & the Pitfalls

Richard Stephens | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Richard Stephens

As the internet continues its indomitable stomp across the retail landscape, changing the face of high streets and the entire culture of the way we shop, it's a rare breed of retailer that has not added e-tail to its business portfolio.

Protecting the Pralines

Richard Stephens | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Stephens

Belgian chocolate is renowned around the world for its high quality and skill. However, its brand does not actually benefit from EU protected status, and so any producer importing potentially inferior chocolates into the EU can use the word 'Belgian', even if the product is made thousands of miles away.

The FSA's pilot scheme on interest rate hedging products - a more sophisticated approach?

Andrew Brown | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK
Andrew Brown

First, a little background into the interest rate swap mis selling situation is perhaps required. Interest rate swaps were initially marketed to prote...