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3D printing and IP

3D printing has seen a lot of airtime during the Coronavirus crisis. It is also rapidly developing. These features make intellectual property highly relevant, both as a business opportunity and a potential risk.

Alasdair Poore

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 08:20:14 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve mourns the death of Stuart Knowles

It is with huge sadness that Mills & Reeve has announced the tragic death of Stuart Knowles.

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:22:03 GMT+00:00

Protecting personal data in AI – new ICO guidance

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is advancing at a rapid pace. However, as the AI available to be used grows more powerful, it becomes ever more important to consider the ethical and legal issues involved.

Paul Knight

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:04:31 GMT+00:00

Buying a Day Nursery? Six steps to a smooth acquisition process

According to the Department for Education’s most recent Survey of Childcare and Early Year Providers, in the spring of 2019 there were an estimated 72,000 early years providers offering 1.7m Ofsted registered childcare places in England. However, you can count the number of groups with 50+ settings using your own fingers.

Jonathan Greenwood

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:58:26 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve advises on £1.2 billion pioneering deal to deliver 3,500 new homes in Hampshire

Mills & Reeve has advised Urban&Civic on a pioneering partnership deal to develop a £1.2 billion new homes project at Manydown in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Christine de Ferrars Green

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:57:07 GMT+00:00

Insurance - Cover Talk Bitesize webinar - The Ombudsman

Bitesize webinars aimed specifically at insurers, insurance brokers or others working within the insurance sector

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:32:51 GMT+00:00

Insurance - Cover Talk Bitesize webinar - Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010

Bitesize webinars aimed specifically at insurers, insurance brokers or others working within the insurance sector

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:19:32 GMT+00:00

Insurance - Cover Talk Bitesize webinar - Subrogation

A bitesize webinar aimed specifically at insurers, insurance brokers or others working within the insurance sector

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:04:45 GMT+00:00

Coronavirus, shielding and local lockdowns

Recent amendments to the guidance for shielded employees in England illustrate the continued importance of flexibility on the part of employers and their workforce during the next phase of the pandemic.

Charles Pigott

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:16:28 GMT+00:00

Litigation – operating in the new world

Businesses have been operating under varying lockdown conditions for almost 6 months now, and in August we have seen a change in rhetoric from the UK Government. In short: ‘get back to work’. That is easy to say, but far more difficult to do and confidence is critical, both around safety and also that there will be no sudden policy change.

Angus Turner

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:47:33 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve sign up to the Race at Work Charter

Mills & Reeve has signed up to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, an initiative designed to improve outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK.

Natasha Broomfield-Reid

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:58:20 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve in “innovative” move to Circle Square

Law firm will relocate to Manchester’s “most intriguing new neighbourhood” in February 2021.

Niall Innes

Fri, 7 Aug 2020 15:05:53 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve advises on critical telecoms programme to replace HM Coastguard emergency radio network infrastructure

Mills & Reeve has advised the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on a major procurement project which has led to the appointment of telent Technology Services to build and maintain a modern and resilient fibre-based radio network under a 10 year £170m+ contract.

Martin Priestley

Fri, 7 Aug 2020 10:16:56 GMT+00:00

Webinars on preparing for a return to work post-Covid

This series of webinars explores the impact of coronavirus as we begin to prepare for a return to work, combining our experience as a business and the legal and regulatory implications.

James Kidd

Thu, 6 Aug 2020 13:56:57 GMT+00:00

Upper Tribunal win for Great Bear Distribution Limited

Our rating team support client in £2m appeal for Great Bear Distribution.

Richard New

Thu, 6 Aug 2020 08:44:34 GMT+00:00

Fine levied after liquidation for a criminal act pre-liquidation is a provable debt

A fine imposed on a company in criminal proceedings was a debt provable in the winding-up or administration of that company where it was triggered by criminal offences committed prior to the entry into liquidation. That was so even if the fine was imposed after the onset of insolvent liquidation.

Jack Gale

Thu, 6 Aug 2020 08:17:02 GMT+00:00

Section 236 of the Insolvency Act 1986 has no extraterritorial effect, save as against EU parties

The liquidators of a company (the “Company”) applied pursuant to section 236(3) of the Insolvency Act 1986 for orders requiring the respondents (Italian companies) to produce documents and give an account of their dealings with the Company.

Morgan Bowen

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 14:32:13 GMT+00:00

Hostile block transfer application dismissed – “too much, too soon”

The First Respondent had operated as an insolvency office holder from Triap Limited (“the Company”). The Second Respondent had acted as a consultant, also taking appointments.

Helen Fyles

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 14:30:17 GMT+00:00

“Volunteer” replacement liquidators do not have standing to restore Companies to the Register

The Claimants, sought to restore 31 companies (Companies) to the Register and sought to be appointed as liquidators over the Companies. They failed to establish that they had locus to bring the claim for the restoration of the Companies, causing ICC Judge Barber to propose dismissal of the claim.

Catherine Noble

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 14:28:19 GMT+00:00

It’s official – liquidators can adjudicate construction disputes

The Supreme Court has settled once and for all – in the liquidator’s favour - whether a company in liquidation can ever use adjudication to resolve construction disputes.

Lino Di Lorenzo

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 14:25:32 GMT+00:00

Director’s application to appoint further directors and take other steps while the company remained in administration

The Company provided treasury and management functions for its group, involved in the exploration and mining of minerals in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Administrators had been appointed in 2017.

Jamie Wheatley

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 14:22:50 GMT+00:00

Court of Appeal overturns first instance decision in favour of established doctrine

In September 2019 we reported on the first instance decision in this case, which has been overturned on appeal.

Jacob Walker

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 14:12:22 GMT+00:00

Collecting debts in a pandemic

The courts clarify the provisions of the new CIGA legislation before it came into force

Neil Smyth

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 14:05:52 GMT+00:00

Stressful times - out of sight and out of mind?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the forefront many of the obvious risks that employers and their employees currently face. This includes the provision of suitable PPE and protocols for ensuring social distancing within the workplace. There are less obvious risks which may not yet have manifested such as work related stress, depression or anxiety that employers need to keep in mind.

Jagjit Virdi

Tue, 4 Aug 2020 14:06:44 GMT+00:00

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: frequently asked questions

Significant changes to the Scheme to make it more flexible took effect on 1 July. From 1 August, employers have started contributing to furloughed employees’ wages costs. The Scheme closes on 31 October.

David Mills

Mon, 3 Aug 2020 17:08:51 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve advise F-star Therapeutics on deal with Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals

Mills & Reeve’s life sciences team has acted for F-star Therapeutics on all UK aspects of its reverse merger with NASDAQ-listed Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals.

James Fry

Mon, 3 Aug 2020 14:56:02 GMT+00:00

In-house in Focus - Webinar - Top 10 Landlord & Tenant Tips for In-house Advisors

Please join us for our next In-house in Focus webinar on Tuesday 18 August.

Mon, 3 Aug 2020 08:40:38 GMT+00:00

Where there’s a will, is there a video-conferencing way?

The government has announced it is introducing temporary legislation in England and Wales allowing video-conferencing technology to be used for witnessing wills during the Covid-19 pandemic. This article considers the background to the announcement, and its implications for those making a will.

Katrina Hopkins

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:08:45 GMT+00:00

3D printing: an IP opportunity?

3D printing has seen a lot of airtime during the COVID-19 crisis. It is also rapidly developing. These features also make intellectual property highly relevant, both as a business opportunity and a potential risk.

Alasdair Poore

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:31:53 GMT+00:00

Talking IP - Virtual events to help you protect your intellectual property

The Virtual Talking IP series will give you access to video content, articles and updates on IP, brands, trade marks, copyright, design and patents.

Mark Pearce

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:12:31 GMT+00:00

Corporate deals: six month round up

Experian’s survey has once again placed Mills & Reeve 3rd in the list of the UK’s most active corporate legal advisers, based on the number of deals completed so far in 2020. Despite the challenges, this period has seen us advise our clients on a wide range of corporate deals and adapt to new ways of working. We bring you a roundup of these deals showcasing clients across a range of business sectors.

Kevin Lowe

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:42:16 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve advise on £100m student accommodation project for Kingston University

Kingston University halls of residence at Seething Wells and Kingston Hill multi-million pound refurbishment gets under way.

Jens Henniker Heaton

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:41:52 GMT+00:00

The EU’s new Platform to Business (P2B) regulation will be rolled over into UK legislation

We commented previously on the EU’s Online Intermediation Services Regulation, also called the Platform to Business (P2B) Regulation. This took effect across the EU on 12 July 2020 and may be relevant to your business if you advertise through online platforms, or if you offer online promotional services to other businesses which allows those businesses to offer goods or services to consumers, irrespective of where those transactions are ultimately concluded.

Paul Knight

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:43:16 GMT+00:00

Life sciences regulation after Brexit – a new direction

We expect to see the UK Medicines and Medical Devices Bill becoming law later this year without major changes. This will have a profound impact on how the life sciences industry is regulated in the UK, and if the Government achieves its objectives, will offer a new model able to combine enhanced patient safety with support for rapid innovation.

James Fry

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:11:01 GMT+00:00

To what extent can a charity support its struggling trading subsidiary?

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a fall in income for many companies that rely on trading, including the trading subsidiaries of many charities. This has in turn caused a number of charities to consider whether they can provide financial support to their trading subsidiaries to address their (it is to be hoped) short term financial concerns.

Mark Ashton

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:12:39 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve posts record turnover of £114m

Leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has enjoyed a solid year of growth with turnover rising to £114.1 million – an increase of 2.9% on last year.

Claire Clarke

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:53:56 GMT+00:00

Back to work on 1 August?

Boris Johnson’s most recent coronavirus announcement marks a subtle but significant shift in the Government’s guidance for employers about managing their workforce during the pandemic.

James Kidd

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:06:41 GMT+00:00

Varnish appeal analyses key components of employment status

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has offered a detailed and thoughtful explanation of why participation in British Cycling’s elite athlete programme did not confer employer or worker status on Jessica Varnish.

Richard Santy

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 10:23:51 GMT+00:00

The 2019 ICC Dispute Resolution Statistics

In the aftermath of World War I and whilst Spanish flu was creating unprecedented havoc and turmoil around the world, a group of entrepreneurs met in Atlantic City in 1919 forging themselves with a mission to create an organisation which would represent business in global trade. Calling themselves the “merchants of peace”, those entrepreneurs founded the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”).

Mark Davison

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:37:37 GMT+00:00

Surveyor's negligence claims: no tomorrow for Watts v Morrow?

There has been a lot of noise about the recent High Court case of Hart & Hart v Large and, in particular about the Court’s assessment of loss. But it is not a fundamental change in the way the Courts assess damages in negligence claims against surveyors, instead it is a useful reminder of several important aspects of a surveyor’s duty – particularly in relation to newly constructed/reconstructed properties.

Neil Davies

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:41:37 GMT+00:00

Solicitors not liable for failure to claim Multiple Dwellings Relief in 2013

Mr W and Miss G v X Solicitors

Sarah Bowden

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:27:20 GMT+00:00

Coronavirus series: building a thriving supply chain

Jayne Hussey discusses the future of supply chains in the first of a series of articles with particular focus around the coronavirus impact and potential opportunities.

Jayne Hussey

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 14:38:56 GMT+00:00

Feature on pensions claims - change, risk and the legal landscape

In this 30 minute webinar Virginia Hickley and Claire Roake provide a round-up of the PI market for financial professions to give context to the squeeze on the availability of cover for those advising on pensions.

Virginia Hickley

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 14:11:19 GMT+00:00

Postponing AGMs during the pandemic

Legislation to assist companies with holding their AGMs during the coronavirus pandemic, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill has received royal assent, and is now the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, with almost all its provisions commencing on 26 June 2020.

Neil Burton

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:21:13 GMT+00:00

Contractual notices and Coronavirus

With many people working from home and offices empty, concerns are coming up over the service of contractual notices by post or courier. These might be everyday notices or something more substantial, such as notice of a material breach, termination, force majeure suspension, change of control notices etc. Many notice clauses allow for a range of different options, but are these appropriate in the current circumstances? With the possibility of further lockdowns, possibly at short notice, organisations need to be prepared to respond appropriately.

Sophie Burton-Jones

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:45:26 GMT+00:00

Aftershocks from the demise of Privacy Shield

The demise of the Privacy Shield is causing widespread aftershocks for international personal data transfers to the US…and elsewhere! At the end of last week, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) provided the ‘Schrems II’ judgment. It is something which is already causing widespread shudders - not only for those involved in transferring personal data to the US, but also to those allowing personal data to be accessed in other countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) – whether this arises from international group company use, or even non-international organisations which are using service providers (such as Cloud Service Providers for IT or data services) in non-EEA countries.

Jagvinder Singh Kang

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:10:27 GMT+00:00

Temporary stamp duty land tax holiday: what you need to know

The Government’s temporary “SDLT holiday” decreases the SDLT cost when you buy a residential property in England and Northern Ireland in the period from 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021. However, buying a second residential property (other than in some cases where it is a replacement for your home) is still subject to a 3% surcharge on the whole purchase price, and the change doesn’t affect company buyers subject to the special 15% flat rate of SDLT.

Kevin Lowe

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:06:40 GMT+00:00

More details of post-Brexit immigration regime revealed

The Government has published further post-Brexit details of the new immigration system which replaces EU freedom of movement from the start of 2021

Alex Russell

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 13:15:31 GMT+00:00

Top ranking for Mills & Reeve private wealth team

It has been another fantastic year for the private wealth team in this year’s Chambers High Net Worth directory.

Andrew Playle

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:25:33 GMT+00:00

Coronavirus: corporation tax refund for anticipated losses

This measure is relevant if your company paid corporation tax before lockdown, but now expects to carry back coronavirus related losses to reduce the tax that should have been due.

Kevin Lowe

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:58:04 GMT+00:00