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Under threat of insolvency? Who ya gonna call?

Paul Taylor
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Bench, Joe Bloggs, and East have all entered into administration in 2018. New Look and Select have both entered into Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs). House of Fraser is next up. This article highlights the duties of directors if insolvency...

PS... that's my trade mark!

Polly Jackson
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Primark – “Amazing fashion, Amazing prices” – now faces an amazing, hair-raising legal battle against Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Ltd (Phil Smith), a rival in the budget haircare market. Primark recently launched its latest hair products...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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Reasonable notice and the length of a piece of string Legend has it that in years gone past, some lawyers (perhaps seeking to emulate Theseus) would deliberately carry around one or more pieces of string. The reason: to be able to use whichever piece of...

New Partner and Director promotions demonstrate core values of great client service and its people

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Partner promotions: Mary Elliott and David Murphy Legal directors: Rebecca Evans and Emma Roake Trade mark director: Sarah Redmond City law firm Fox Williams LLP has made two internal promotions to partner. From 1 May, Mary Elliott becomes a partner...

Share sale or asset sale? How to structure the sale of your brand

Bethany Silkin
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Founders of fashion brands choose to sell their businesses for a variety of reasons. So far, 2018 has been a year of stark contrasts for the industry - with the long announced death of the high street we are seeing both small independent labels and larger...

Eight weeks to go until the GDPR comes into force - are you ready? And if not what should you be doing?

Laura Monro
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The collection and use of personal data is a daily occurrence for fashion businesses. Personal data is processed when, for example, a consumer logs in to their online account, makes a purchase online, or is sent promotional material by the retailer. Personal...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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For suppliers persistence is key In last month’s blog I discussed how a distributor whose distributorship agreement is terminated can protect itself given that distributors (unlike commercial agents) do not receive special protection under English...

Nothing beats a LDNR...except a trade mark: Nike slapped with interim injunction over its latest campaign

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The injunction granted a few days by an English Court to  LNDR  to stop Nike’s use of LDNR in its current promotional campaign serves as a salutary reminder of the need to undertake trade mark searches prior to launching ad campaigns and the...

EU Withdrawal Treaty - IP provisions

Simon Bennett
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Finally there is hope on the horizon: the European Commission has proposed that all registered EU trade marks and designs should automatically convert to UK national rights after Brexit.   The proposal is contained in the EU’s draft...

Adidas successfully blocks two stripe EU trade mark

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Adidas has been successful in yet another stage of its journey to block its trainer rival, Shoe Branding, from registering two stripes on a plain trainer as an EU trade mark.  Adidas has an earlier trade mark for three stripes which slant in the...

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