Dispute Resolution Law Blog

28 October 2013

Trademarks in the bakery: let the batter begin!

We have become a nation obsessed by cake. Cake is not, as we once thought, a treat reserved for birthdays and special occasions. You can barely order a cup of coffee without having your arm twisted into buying some form of patisserie. Cupcake stores, tea houses and dare I say it ‘bakers’ are popping up on high streets everywhere and you only need to switch on the television to see Mary Berry and her grumpy sidekick talking about “soggy bottoms” and “even crumb texture”. Don’t let me get started on “buttery biscuit bases”!

16 October 2013

High Court allows extension of limitation period in libel claim for “reasonable” delay

In the case of Raymond Russell Bewry v (1) Reed Elsevier UK Ltd (t/a LexisNexis) (2) Reed Business Information Ltd (t/a Community Care Inform) (2013) the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice allowed an extension of the time limit to bring a claim for libel under section 32 of the Limitation Act 1980. 

Katie Allard

16 October 2013

Defamation and Privacy cases – extra cost protection proposed

On 13 September 2013, the Government issued its consultation paper on cost protection in defamation and privacy claims. The recommendations put forward by  Lord Justice Jackson and Lord Justice Leveson included an extension of costs protection to encompass  media related litigation. The aim of these recommendations were to make it easier for people who cannot afford the cost of litigation usually associated with privacy and defamation cases, to bring and defend such proceedings.

Laura Phillips

15 October 2013

Professional negligence claims – trends in 2013

According to a provisional report prepared by Lord Justice Briggs, Chancery Division Masters are spending 14% of their time on professional negligence claims involving solicitors compared to 13% on business fraud cases. Ryan Mowat reviews the trends in professional negligence claims so far in 2013. 

Ryan Mowat

2 October 2013

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) up for discussion

Angus Wakeman and Iain Hartnup explore the recent trend towards using ADR to resolve disputes.

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