In March of this year, we released an update on Louboutin’s struggle to have their colour trademark recognised by the European Courts as valid. On 12th June, the ECJ issued its judgment in the preliminary ruling case referred to it by the Dutch District Court (Rechtbank Den Haag) favouring Louboutin and confirming that its colour trademark (Pantone 18 1663TP to be exact!) was valid under European rules.
In December 2017, a judicial review was raised at the Court of Session by Andy Wightman, MSP & Ors, seeking an answer to the question of whether the UK Government’s notice of intention to withdraw from the European Union in terms of Article 50.2 TEU could be revoked by the UK unilaterally.
The UK’s highest court has handed down its judgment in the Pimlico Plumbers (“Pimlico”) case, ruling that Mr Smith was a worker despite being VAT-registered, paying self-employed tax and working under a contract describing him as an “independent contractor”. The decision upholds previous findings of the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal who had all reached the same conclusions in favour of Mr Smith.
In the first of a series of posts shedding a spotlight on the best seasonal Scottish produce, we take a look at a select few of the finest home-grown foods featuring on local shop shelves as summer approaches. Seasonal food is food at its freshest and most flavoursome and we shall look at this and next month’s pick of what’s on offer.
As featured on Insider.co.uk.
As the clock ticks down to the start of the G7 Summit on 8 June 2018 in Quebec, the leaders of seven of the world’s most advanced economies, consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US, will meet to try to build consensus and set trends for current challenging issues. Their themes for 2018 are lofty but highly relevant. They include building a more peaceful and secure world, working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy, as well as advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Consensus may be hard. Apart from wishing the leaders well in their meetings, what can those of us in business adopt from the G7 practice of negotiations, meetings and summits?
The problem of people holding onto retention monies longer than they should at various levels within the contractual chain on a construction project whether retention held by an employer, a main contractor, or a sub-contractor, has long been a problem in the construction sector. Sometimes this can seriously affect the cash flow of businesses even pushing them to the brink of insolvency and sometimes beyond it.
Scottish Limited Partnership (SLPs) (as well as English Limited Partnerships) are a type of business structure formed under the Limited Partnership Act 1907. Unlike English Limited Partnership, SLPs have separate legal personality meaning they can, among other things, enter into contracts and own property in their own name. It was partly this distinction that resulted in the Persons of Significant Control regime (designed to improve transparency of UK corporate entities) being extended in 2017 to apply to SLPs (but not English Limited Partnerships).
It seems like only yesterday that the nation was gripped by the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement. The big day has now been and gone, and between the Givenchy dress, the celebrity guests and the usual pomp and circumstance of a Royal occasion, there are still plenty of pictures and commentaries for us all to pore over. Since the engagement it seems there has been no shortage of headlines for this special event, and this is no more so than earlier this year when it came to light that the couple had decided not to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement.