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The ‘Meghan effect’: its impact on retailers

Published on 18 May 2018. By Emily Rome, Trainee Solicitor

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The right people endorsing a brand can have a significant impact on its popularity. For example, brands that have been associated with Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have seen a huge surge in their profile.

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A spa day, on doctor's orders…

Published on 18 May 2018. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

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We are increasingly focussed on living more sustainably with what we eat and the products that we use. Applying a similar mind-set to medicine, might we see a resurgence of traditional natural therapeutic treatments like spa treatments?

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The "I dos" and don'ts of Royal marketing and merchandise

Published on 17 May 2018. By Anna Greco, Trainee Solicitor

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While most Royal subjects prepare the bunting and the sandwiches, many businesses will be looking for ways to capitalise on the hype and goodwill generated around the occasion. But how can brands ensure that they don't crash the wedding?

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TPR announces new approach for pension regulations

Published on 17 May 2018. By Ashley Daniells, Associate

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The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced new plans for the regulation of pensions, which will see a "clearer, quicker and tougher" approach. The plans are aimed at increasing standards in the pension sector following criticisms levied at TRP after the collapse of businesses such as Carillion and BHS.

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Claimant gets its fingers 'pricked' in IPEC passing off claim

Published on 16 May 2018. By Rebecca Rose, Associate and Ciara Cullen, Partner

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What's the difference between a tattoo and a cactus? This isn't the start of a bad joke, but a serious question that was considered in front of Her Honour Judge Clarke in a recent passing off case in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. It turns out that – unsurprisingly – the differences between a tattoo and a cactus are so great that the Claimant's claim for passing off failed.

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Raise a glass to Harry and Meghan

Published on 16 May 2018. By Matthew Plampton, Trainee Solicitor

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Pub licensing hours across England and Wales will be extended on the weekend of the Royal wedding. This will undoubtedly provide a much needed boost to the British beer and pub sector. However, what has caused the traditional British pub's decline and how can the sector be turned around?

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Cybercrime and its impact on D&O insurance

Published on 15 May 2018. By Ashley Daniells, Associate and Drew Naylor, Senior Associate

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Cybercrime has risen in recent years, perhaps more than anybody ever expected. For a long time, the focus was on defending businesses against such crimes. Now, with more people aware of cybercrime and the risks, insurers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact such crime may have on D&O policies.

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Regulation of cryptocurrency pre-ICO funding under English Law

Published on 15 May 2018. By James Kaufmann, Legal Director

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Launching a cryptocurrency typically involves an initial fundraising process followed by a public sale process, by way of initial coin offering or token sale ("ICO").

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A royal impact on the economy?

Published on 15 May 2018. By Sarah Newby, Trainee Solicitor

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This week will see another Royal wedding when Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle. These celebrations arguably raise the international opinion of the UK, lift the national mood and lead to an influx of tourists. But how do events such as a Royal wedding actually impact the economy?

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