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Shareholders of embattled bakery chain Patisserie Valerie are being encouraged to join a group action claim by London law firm Teacher Stern.

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A ruling from the European Union Court of Justice (CJEU) earlier this year has confirmed that a distinctive design element commonly found in shoes from high-end designer Christian Louboutin is a valid trade mark registration.

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Moves by Russian billionaire and oligarch Vitaly Orlov to keep secret a worldwide freezing order worth £266m has been recently rejected by the High Court in London. in the latest twist in a dispute over the ownership of a fisheries company being heard in London.

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Formula One, the world’s premier motorsport championship looks likely to be plunged into a legal battle soon after a prospective buyer of the Force India F1 team considers suing administrators over “serious concerns about the conduct of the bid process.”

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A recent decision by the European Parliament approving a new copyright law could have major implications for online user generated content and may even ‘destroy the internet as we know it’ according to user groups.

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Danish professional football – and the sports betting that is such a part of the modern game now – was thrown into disarray recently when many Danish players, including many who had performed so well at this year’s World Cup in Russia such as Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel, refused to sign a new contract governing image and commercial rights with the Danish Football Association (DBU).

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Despite the settlement of a claim a year ago, shareholders are still waiting to receive compensation from Royal Bank of Scotland RBS.

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A recent judgment in a claim for solicitor’s professional negligence has highlighted the importance of appropriate expert evidence to establish whether and how any such negligence can be attributed.

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Simply put, a domain name is your website name, the address on the internet where users can access and see your website. Whilst computers use IP addresses, which are a series of numbers to identify unique devices and locations on the internet, domain names were developed as it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers.

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A leading lawyer claims that trustees of London’s abandoned garden bridge scheme, including actress Joanna Lumley and the former Labour minister Lord Davies, may have breached their legal duties over the failed project, costing taxpayers over £40m.

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GDPR’s European-wide introduction in May 2018, combined with an increasing awareness of data privacy issues amongst businesses and individuals is likely to result in an increase in data privacy related class action (also known as group action) claims and litigation in the UK.

The total number of individuals being formally declared as insolvent has reached its highest level for the past six years, based on data from March to May 2018. There are now a record number of UK citizens proceeding with Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVA’s), an arrangement whereby individual debtors agree to repay their creditors some or all of what they owe.

Amongst the current turmoil surrounding the UK’s exit from the European Union, a recent survey on commercial legal services behaviour by Thomson Reuters adds to the litany of negative news emanating from all parts of UK society.

Drivers of London’s iconic black cabs are planning to sue Uber for £1.25billion in 'lost earnings', according to a new report. The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA) is working with leading law firm Mishcon de Reya to explore its options in making a legal claim against the online ride hailing giant.

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A long running property dispute involving a father and son has reached the High Court in London in highly acrimonious circumstances.

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A recent ruling by the High Court in London has resulted in a decision to award a health services contract to a private company being blocked.

Lancashire County Council wanted to outsource children’s health services to private provider Virgin Care, in a contract worth £104m. However, a combined challenge to the contract from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT) succeeded in arguing that Lancashire County Council had not followed the correct procurement process.

Kazakh businessman Ilyas Khrapunov has been ordered by the High Court in London to provide full details of how he is funding litigation against him and who is providing the funding for his legal expenses. Khrapunov is the son in law of Mukhtar Ablyazov, who is being accused of misappropriating $6bn from Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank prior to its nationalisation in 2009.

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Tennis legend Boris Becker, who won the first of 3 men’s singles at Wimbledon in 1985 at the tender age of 17 and who earned $25m in a successful 22 year playing career, is taking a somewhat unconventional approach in trying to avoid bankruptcy proceedings in the UK Courts. The popular ex-player turned TV pundit was declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co an undisclosed sum of money.

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Now that GDPR – the new, European-wide General Data Protection Regulation – has come into effect from 25th May 2018, observers in the UK legal profession are anticipating an increase in data protection based legal actions, with group / class actions being increasingly likely. Group actions, whereby a group or collective of claimants come together and are represented legally by a member of that group (usually a lawyer, solicitor or law fim), aren’t particularly common in the UK but changes to the Civil Procedure Rules (‘CPR’) back in 1999do allow such actions.

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Following May’s hugely successful royal wedding in which US actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, sixth in the line of succession to the British throne, a row has broken out over the design of Markle’s dress.

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