Could the UK Government make working from home permanent?

The media have picked up on a proposed Government consultation which would consider whether flexible working would become the default option unless there are good reasons not to (a proposal originally set out in the Conservative Party’s 2019 election manifesto …

Oatly takes Cambridgeshire family farm to court in trade mark dispute

The Swedish oat milk brand Oatly is seeking to stop an apparent competitor Glebe Farm Foods. In a claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, Oatly claims trade mark infringement and passing off. Oatly, who originate from Malmo Sweden, recently …

When signing contracts, it is important to state in what capacity you sign – even when dealing with Ferraris.

The Court of Appeal has reiterated the principle that where a person signs a contract in their own name and with no qualification as to the capacity in which they sign, they will be a party to the contract – …

What to do if an employee has Long COVID and is unable to work or keeps having time off?

We’re told that Coronavirus CoVid-19 not only causes problems when you have it, but can cause a multitude of symptoms months later. Known as Long Covid, it’s becoming a plague of malaise for workers throughout the country and it’s impacting …

Why Caterpillars Count – An Introduction to Intellectual Property for Small Business on World Intellectual Property Day – Free Webinar

On Monday 26th April 2021 I’m doing a webinar live stream as it’s World Intellectual Property Day.  It’s free and will be live-streamed to my Facebook and YouTube. It’s at 12 noon online. Here’s the links you’ll need: YouTube: http://YouTube.com/stevenmathersolicitorFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevenmathersolicitor I’ll be …

#ad Influencer Marketing – Advertising Standards clamping down on rule breaking

On 18 March 2021, the ASA published a report entitled Influencer Ad Disclosure on Social Media, which sets out the findings of a three-week compliance monitoring exercise undertaken in September 2020. The ASA monitored the accounts of 122 influencers it had …