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Who Owns Your Intellectual Property Rights?

Laurie Heizler
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Dutton Gregory’s intellectual property expert Laurie Heizler looks at intellectual property (IP) ownership. The rules of ownership of IP are often not straightforward. They depend on the kind of IP in question and the status of who created the work....

No-Fault Divorce - What should we now expect?

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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Today, ‘No Fault Divorce’ becomes legal. Whilst arguably the biggest change to Matrimonial Law in our lifetime,  the big question is ‘What’s going to change?’  Partner and Family Law Specialist, Jonathan...

No-Fault Divorce - A Personal View

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“ Marriage: a hopeful, generous, infinitely kind gamble taken by two people who don’t yet know who they are or who the other might be, binding themselves to a future they cannot conceive of and have carefully omitted to investigate ”...

No-Fault Divorce - What are the benefits?

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The introduction of ‘No-Fault Divorce’ legislation on the 6 th April 2022 brings with it a seismic change in the tone of divorce law in England and Wales. Since the early 1970s separating spouses have often had no option but to place the...

CLADDING UPDATE: Reassurance for Leaseholders

Brianna Garley
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After months of anxious waiting, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for leaseholders who have been stuck in flats they are unable to sell due to dangerous cladding, and worried about potentially having to pay extortionate bills for its...

Protecting Your Brand: An introduction to Trade Marks

Laurie Heizler
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In this article, Dutton Gregory’s intellectual property expert Laurie Heizler explains the importance and value of trade marks. Trade marks are a very important type of intellectual property (IP). They protect a particular kind of creative output as...

Why we welcome No-Fault Divorce

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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On 6 th April, the biggest change in divorce laws for almost 50 years comes in to force; ‘The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act’ and with it, the introduction of ‘No-Fault Divorce’ . Under current divorce law (which has been...

Turnover Rent in Commercial Leases

Louise James
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Turnover Rent is exactly as it sounds; a rent where the tenant pays a percentage of their turnover rather than a fixed sum. There are ‘hybrids’ where part of a rent can be fixed and the rest turnover, but the idea is that the landlord and tenant...

No-Fault Divorce - How we got here

Karen Andrews
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No-Fault Divorce is coming! From 6 th April, a couple will be able to divorce (or dissolve their civil partnership) without having to blame each other for the breakdown of the relationship. Most say that this change is long overdue, how did we get to this...

No-Fault Divorce - What we know so far

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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After years of campaigning by many of those involved in the legal profession, including The Law Society and Resolution, next month ‘No-Fault Divorce’ becomes law. Having been sought for many years it was not until the case of Tini Owens came...

No-Fault Divorce - What's all the fuss about?

Annie Hodjat
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Sometimes you fall in love and sometimes you fall out of love, it can be as simple as that. However, at present, it is not possible to get a divorce simply because you no longer love each other. Currently, for couples that jointly decide to divorce they...

The Online Safety Bill - will it make the UK the safest place to be online?

Laurie Heizler
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Technology and information law expert Laurie Heizler examines the scope and content of imminent laws promoting online safety For all the time of its existence the internet has been largely unregulated. Varieties of harmful content and cyberbullying have...

Data Protection: Penalties and how to avoid them

Laurie Heizler
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When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented in 2018, data protection became a huge topic and the law continues to evolve. In this article Laurie Heizler warns businesses of the risks they taking if they fail to comply. Any British...

Buying a Care Home - A Simple Guide

Sophie Macarthy
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The private sector makes up the majority of care home places in the UK.  Those members of our population aged over 85 grew by 9.1% between 2014 and 2019 and despite the challenges of the past two years, many investors are still considering the care home...

The Company Names Tribunal - Another Way of Enforcing Trade Marks?

Laurie Heizler
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If someone tries to register a company name to which properly belongs to your organisation, there is an often overlooked procedure that allows you to take action. Commercial Law specialist, Laurie Heizler, explains… Since 2008, a mechanism has been...

Dutton Gregory Welcomes Partnership Duo

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Law firm Dutton Gregory has made two key appointments to strengthen and develop its commercial services by welcoming Laurie Heizler and Ailsa MacLean to its Partnership. Laurie Heizler joins the firm with over three decades’ experience in commercial...

Having a Family through Surrogacy

Annie Hodjat
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As society evolves, it has becoming increasingly common for those with issues surrounding fertility or conception to turn to surrogacy as the path to parenthood. What is Surrogacy? Surrogacy is where a woman (the surrogate) carries a baby on behalf of a...

Double Celebration at the Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2021

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After representatives of the UK property market gathered from across the country at the Rum Warehouse in Liverpool for the return of The LEAP Modern Law Conveyancing Awards, Dutton Gregory was delighted to walk away from the event with not one, but two...

Giving Children the Best Christmas

Jonathan Whettingsteel
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For a lot of people, Christmas is about spending time with family, but what happens when children have more than one? If not handled carefully, talk of Christmas can descend into conflict and arguments about where children spend the festive season.   ...

Double Win at Poole Business Awards

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We were delighted to not only be part of the inaugural Poole Business Awards Upton House in Upton Country Park on Tuesday 9 th June, but also return to our office with trophies for two categories. In addition to presenting the winning trophy for our...

Think Pink

Claire Henderson
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As we approach the end of October and are surrounded by the traditional autumnal colours such as orange and brown, my thoughts and reflections are always coloured with pink. That is due October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer occurs...

Over £1000 Raised in Charity Sleep Out

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Over the weekend, our Rhiannon Stevinson, raised over £1,000 for YMCA Bournemouth's ‘Big Sleep Easy’ in aid of the homeless. The castle they made not only lasted the whole night (others didn't!) but was...

Further hope for commercial landlords in respect of Covid-19 rent arrears

Brianna Garley
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This week saw summary judgment handed down in respect of London Trocadero LLP v Picturehouse Cinemas Limited and Others [2021] EWHC 2591 (Ch) . This continues on from previous decisions, including CRI v TFS Stores [2021] EWHC 863 (Ch) and BNY Mellon v...

Welcome Back Winchester

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On Thursday 23 rd September, after an 18 month absence, we were able to bring back our 'Thursday Social'! Huge thanks to Hotel du Vin for their support, to Montezuma's Chocolates for their delicious gifts and, most of all, members of...

Mediation Voucher Scheme Extension

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On 1 st September, it was announced that the Ministry of Justice had made a further £800,000 available for the Family Mediation Council (FMC) to distribute as vouchers to families who could benefit from mediation services.    The FMC has...