Intellectual Property Update – Is there protection in an idea?

Intellectual Property Update – Is there protection in an idea?

It has generally been an accepted principle that intellectual property rights protect your actual interpretation rather than the idea in itself.  For example, if you paint a picture of an oak tree but invert the colours to make it look unusual you own the copyright in...
Residential Landlord- Warning after £40,000 fine issued

Residential Landlord- Warning after £40,000 fine issued

The law for landlord and tenants is constantly changing.  As such it is vital that landlords make themselves aware of the changes and review their properties on a regular basis to ensure they are compliant.  The rules for properties occupied by more than one household...
Adverse possession – exclusive possession & physical control

Adverse possession – exclusive possession & physical control

Adverse Possession is the term used when a party claims ownership of land not because they can produce documents proving they have bought it; had been gifted it or had inherited it; but on the basis they have occupied it for a sufficiently long period of time and meet...
Why is mediation a good option for separating families?

Why is mediation a good option for separating families?

Amanda Phillips-Wylds is a qualified mediator.  In most circumstances she advises clients that it’s likely to be the most cost effective and efficient means to resolve their disputes. So what is family mediation and why does it benefit separating families? It is...
Where negotiations don’t amount to final binding contract

Where negotiations don’t amount to final binding contract

When negotiating and finalising your commercial contracts, you should be certain a final agreement has in fact been reached.  A 2018 decsion was a useful reminder for businesses to ensure a legally binding written contract is in place, rather than relying on previous...
Adverse possession – does a fence matter?

Adverse possession – does a fence matter?

Adverse possession (commonly known as “squatter’s rights”) is continuously using land which is owned by someone else, as your own for a period of time, and then applying to be registered as the legal owner of the land. The land must be used exclusively by you without...