May 17, 2018

What is Copyright and Intellectual Property Law?

Numerous businesses and individuals deal with documents, content and other products that are subject to copyright and intellectual property law on a daily basis, but very few employers or their staff actually have a significant amount of knowledge surrounding what these phrases actually mean. However, both are very important matters and should be given due attention, whatever one’s profession or specialisms. Legal experts Prosperity Law count both copyright and intellectual property law among their specialisms, so here’s what they think you ought to know about both, along with some answers to common questions on the subject. (more…)

May 5, 2018

What Does a Commercial Litigator Do?

If you’re the owner of a company – or, indeed, if you work within management or human resources for any kind of business – you may have heard of a “commercial litigator”. Commercial and corporate law can be a fairly complex field, with a sizeable amount of terminology to understand and remember, and, for that reason, many of us aren’t sure of exactly what it is that a commercial litigator does. Luckily, Prosperity Law employs a number of highly experienced individuals that count commercial litigation among their skills and job titles; so here, they can explain exactly what it means to work within this specialist field, and how this particular type of legal expertise could help you in the future. (more…)

April 18, 2018

Why Is Commercial Property Insurance Important?

If you happen to be the owner or manager of a company with its own premises, you should seriously consider purchasing Commercial Property Insurance. While not an actual legal requirement, you may find it extremely difficult to obtain a mortgage for your property without this form of cover – plus, you may find that it is a very worthwhile expense if you are unfortunate enough to run into legal troubles in the future. Here are a few of the reasons why Commercial Property Insurance could prove a vital addition to your business’s insurance cover. (more…)

April 14, 2018

How Can You Protect Your Business? BPR Relief and How it Works

For now, you may feel confident that, as a business owner, your presence and your ability to make decisions will be the driving force that keeps your company going through thick and thin. However – what would happen if, somehow, you were suddenly no longer in the equation? It’s unpleasant to think about, but, whether through disability or death, it’s possible that some day you could suddenly become unable to run your company or make decisions on its behalf. So, what protection do you have in place should an event of that kind come to pass? Many business owners fail to plan for such circumstances, and, as a result, are unaware of Business Property Relief (otherwise known as BPR). The legal experts at Prosperity Law understand how complex – and expensive – the process of dealing with the property and assets left behind by a business owner without this kind of protection can be. They’ve created this helpful guide that will explain to you exactly what is involved in obtaining Business Property Relief, and what it can do to support the future of your company. (more…)

March 23, 2018

Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices: What employers need to know

The Government response to the Taylor Review of modern working practices: what does it mean for your business?

The Taylor Review of modern working practices and employment law was based on the premise that all work must be “fair and decent”. Fine words, indeed – but what do they mean in the real world? And what does the Government’s recent response via its Good Work Plan mean for employers? (more…)

March 6, 2018

The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court – What’s Next?

Europe’s patent system is looking uncertain. Plans for a Unified Patent Court (UPC) have been thrown into doubt after the German Constitutional Court agreed to hear a case about the legitimacy of the proposed court – and part of the complaint against it appears to relate to Brexit.

The intention behind the UPC is for it to act as a patent court for all European Union member states. As such, it will have exclusive competence over European patents and European patents with unitary effect, and will form part of the judicial system of contracting member states. It will not have competence in respect of national patents. (more…)

February 5, 2018

Are you planning to live or work abroad?

If you are planning to live or work abroad it is likely that you may need the services of a notary public to complete the necessary paperwork and other formalities.
Jonathan Durkin, notary public and solicitor at Prosperity Law Liverpool and Manchester, explains what documents you may need before being allowed to live or work abroad and how a notary public can help ensure your documents are in order or to authenticate them. (more…)

January 25, 2018

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – What Employers Need to Know

As the recent furore over pay levels at the BBC demonstrates, the gender pay gap is never far from the headlines. The resulting media coverage ought to have been sufficient to make any organisation pause for thought – even those considerably smaller and less well known than the BBC. And, although the gender pay gap is reportedly at its lowest level for twenty years, no organisation is immune to charges of institutional sexism as regards pay levels for male and female employees. (more…)

January 15, 2018

Getting married abroad – Notary Services

Getting married abroad can seem a wonderfully romantic thing to do, but if you fail to organize the most important things properly, your dream wedding could quickly turn into a nightmare.

All foreign countries have differing rules about the documents you are required to produce to prove who you are and your right to marry or enter a civil partnership with the person you have chosen. Many of these documents will need to be verified, as well as having the documents legalised by the Foreign Commonwealth Office or the Consular for the county where you are getting married – formally known as ‘notarised’. This process needs to be completed before you leave the UK to satisfy the authorities abroad that they are legally correct and authentic. (more…)

December 27, 2017

Intellectual Property – Can you Trade Mark Colour Combinations?

The courts have delivered the latest ruling on the long-running issue of whether or not companies are able to trademark colours associated with their brands. In Red Bull GmbH v European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the European General Court (Second Chamber) (the Court) upheld the EUIPO’s decision to cancel two of Red Bull’s European “colour combination” trade marks for “lack of precision”. (more…)

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