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The evolving impact of Sky v Skykick on national and EU trade marks

The Advocate General has recently released his opinion on a case which considers broad trade mark specifications, lack of genuine intention to use and bad faith that could have significant impact on the system of trade mark protection in the EU (including the UK). In Sky Plc (& Others) v...

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Time limits for procurement challenges

Tread with care Mr Justice Stuart-Smith’s decision in Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust v Cornwall Council [2019] EWHC 2211, reinforces the fact that if aggrieved bidders want to challenge a procurement decision it needs to be done quickly and in any event within the 30 day period (extendable to up...

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Clarke Willmott’s Taunton corporate team advises on another MBO

Synertec Limited, a leading document management company, has been acquired by a company formed by its management team. The business was founded in 1999 and exists to give organisations smarter, more efficient, more reliable, less costly ways to create, distribute and manage their important communications. The business, head-quartered in Somerset,...

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Getting West Somerset Railway Back on Track

The West Somerset Railway is the longest heritage railway in England. It is a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway, full of fascination whether from a nostalgic ride back in time or to study the railway and industrial heritage which the line preserves or just taking...

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Do grandparents have a right to see their grandchildren?

Our family law experts take a look at grandparent’s rights With childcare costs often being as much, if not more, than rent or mortgage payments it is not surprising that parents regularly seek the assistance of grandparents with childcare. The benefits are two fold; it provides children with a wonderful...

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Legal 500 ranking success for Clarke Willmott

Clarke Willmott named as a Top Tier firm Clarke Willmott has been named as a Top Tier firm in the latest Legal 500 guide which ranks the UK’s top lawyers and organisations. The firm received prestigious Top Tier rankings in eight practice areas across several of its regional offices and...

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The advantages of discretionary Will trusts

Making a Will can be a particularly demanding task if your estate is difficult to quantify, your assets are in a state of flux or the situation of your chosen beneficiaries is unsettled. However, it would be unwise to decide that it is too difficult to write a Will and...

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Employment Matters – September 2019

September 2019 edition We are delighted to welcome you to the September 2019 edition of Employment Matters. Our expert team will be discussing the latest developments in employment & HR law over the past month and providing advice and guidance so you can best manage your business and its employees....

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Wealth Health and Inheritance Briefing – September 2019

September 2019 edition In this edition we focus on the Office of Tax Simplification’s inheritance tax review and their second report. We summarise their recommendations and examine more closely two aspects of lifetime gifts which often cause problems for clients, and where changes have been suggested. With an increase in...

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Learn about mental health in the workplace

At the Clarke Willmott, Taunton and Bristol Seminar With almost a third of GP “fit notes” being issued for psychiatric reasons, mental health in the workplace has never been under so much scrutiny. So, the question is, as an employer or HR professional in Somerset are you fully aware of...

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