The World Health Organisation has now formally declared a global pandemic, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread around the world. Governments are taking drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus, with some parts of the world now in total lockdown. Inevitably, we are seeing a huge impact on sporting events around the […]
The High Court recently handed down a summary judgment confirming in no uncertain terms that cheats never prosper. The action was brought by Take-Two Interactive, the publishers and developers of GTA V, against five defendants who had developed cheat software for GTA V named ‘Epsilon’ (not to be confused with the in-game ‘program’ (or cult) […]
In last month’s article we looked at what obligations travel providers have to their customers in the event their holidays are affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. In this article, we will take a look at how the Coronavirus can impact B2B contracts in the travel sector; specifically, the contractual and legal issues arising in English law as a result of businesses in affected countries having to suspend, or even cancel, their operations.
In October last year the EU Court’s Advocate-General (AG) caused a stir in the IP world with an opinion heralding a seismic shift in EU trade mark law and practice. Cue collective breath-holding amongst trade mark owners with either purposefully broad goods and services specifications (including terms like “computer software”), or specs comprising sprawling lists […]
In our article of December 2019 we reviewed the UK Jurisdictional Task Force’s Legal Statement on the Status of Cryptoassets and Smart Contracts, which considered key legal questions about cryptoassets and smart contracts. Whilst traditional legal analysis suggests that cryptoassets would not be recognised as “property”, the Legal Statement sets out compelling reasoning to conclude that cryptoassets could in fact […]
The Far East (and increasingly the rest of the world) is becoming aware of the dangers posed by the coronavirus. Given the wide-spread impact and restrictions on movement imposed by the Chinese government in an attempt to combat the virus, it is evident there will be interruptions caused to commercial contracts. In such circumstances it […]
In only a few hours 47 years of the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union and in its predecessor, the European Economic Community, will come to an end. Over the next 11 months it will, hopefully, become clearer what shape the future relationship between the UK and the remaining member states will take. What […]
Is there hope for custom game developers amidst Blizzard Entertainment’s new Acceptable Use Policy? Following the launch of Warcraft III: Reforged, Blizzard Entertainment (Blizzard) has updated its Acceptable Use Policy so that the legal rights that custom-game makers automatically assign to Blizzard have been expanded. The new wording (highlighted in bold) reads: Custom Games are […]
This was a question referred to the European Court of Human Rights in the recent case of Garamukanwa v United Kingdom. Coincidentally, much the same question was put to the Scottish Court of Session earlier this year in BC and others v Chief Constable Police Service of Scotland and others. Both cases together provide a […]
The General Election takes place this Thursday. With small and medium sized businesses making up the backbone of the UK economy there has been significant interest in the parties’ approach to the treatment of tax and private corporations. The latest polls show the Conservatives and Labour as the two dominant parties so we have considered […]
Thursday 12 December will see the British public travel to polling stations to cast their vote for the next general election. Tax partner Neal Todd and tax associate Gemma Grunewald outline each of the leading parties’ key tax proposals detailed in their respective manifestos. To view the tax summary, please click here. For more information, […]
Whilst the power wielded by the FANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) is the subject of incessant debate, recent announcements by the UK competition regulator the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) indicate a new battlefront may be opening up. Earlier this week, the CMA announced it was considering whether or not Google’s acquisition of Looker […]
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