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Fashion designers now have more protection against copying

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Edinburgh Woollen Mill has infringed the copyright in the fabric for a lady's top according to a judgment given by the High Court at the end of January in a case brought by Response Clothing.  (Wave fabric top)    (Wave fabric)...

Liverpool FC and New Balance in the High Court over a different type of match (clause)

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Matching clauses have attracted a lot of press coverage lately, with Rangers Football Club and Sports Direct in 2018 and more recently with Liverpool Football Club and, its current kit manufacturer, New Balance. So, what are matching clauses and what...

Cookies - what do online fashion retailers have to do to comply?

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(and why your social media targeting may be unlawful) When a consumer views some clothing on your website, will they see it on their newsfeed next time they log in to their Facebook or Instagram account? If so, do you know whether you are complying with...

Supplier supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog, December 2019

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Why the dog should wag the tail As a supplier how important is your name or brand?  The answer which is invariably given by most suppliers is that it is extremely important.  Name or brand – they mark you out from your competitors. ...

Stephen Sidkin article featured in Drapers investigation: Do Nike and Adidas hold too much power?

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Drapers investigates the dominance of Nike and Adidas in the sportswear industry as they both shift toward direct-to-consumer strategies. Stephen Sidkin's article Is it legal? features within the report. Please click here to read the full...

Experiential retailing - issues for landlords and fashion brands

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Is an increase in ’give and take’ between landlords and retailers on the near horizon? Is experiential retail the way forward for retail landlords and fashion brands alike given the inexorable power of the online channel? If so, what are the...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog, November 2019

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Interpreting a distributorship agreement Interpretation is a key aspect of humanity. Incorrect interpretation of words, speech, actions, and reactions can have fatal consequences. On a lesser scale, the same is true of distributorship agreements...

Black Friday - our six top tips for brands to avoid problems

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With Black Friday on 29 November set to be the busiest it has ever been it is important to ensure that any advertisements promoting your Black Friday sales are clear and transparent and that your promotions will not fall foul of consumer protection law. ...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog, October 2019

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But on what terms? The terms in question are those of the supplier. All too often a distributorship agreement will: fail to refer to the supplier’s terms and conditions of sale; or conflict with the supplier’s terms and conditions of sale;...

Fashion retail: the landscape is changing for landlords and tenants

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It was reported last month that H&M is offering landlords “total occupational deals”. In essence, the tenant offers the landlord a sum linked to the amount of sales the store makes. The landlord then decides how to divide it between rent,...

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