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  • Post Brexit - what will happen to the UK's investment control regime?

    Post Brexit - what will happen to the UK's investment control regime?

    One of the consequences of the UK choosing to take a path apart from that chosen by the EU is the development by the UK of an investment control regime. This has recently materialised into a more thought out form, via the publication by the UK government of the UK's proposed National Security and Investment Bill.

  • Lessons to learn from the EU AstraZeneca contract

    Lessons to learn from the EU AstraZeneca contract

    There are lessons to be learned from the fallout between the EU and AstraZeneca over the delivery of vaccines. While cooler heads prevailed in the end, these lessons can apply to any manufacturing contract (or even any contract for goods or services). Here Stephen Chan, Partner at Harper Macleod and Tutor on Commercial Contracts, University of Glasgow, take a look at the key issues.

  • Supreme Court rules in favour of businesses in landmark Business Interruption Insurance test case

    Supreme Court rules in favour of businesses in landmark Business Interruption Insurance test case

    The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment on the operation of Business Interruption insurance policies, with particular reference to the effects of Covid-19. The Supreme Court has substantially found in favour of the insured businesses. Given the continual and fast-moving changes to the Government's instructions through press conferences in response to Covid-19, this is welcomed clarification for businesses and policyholders alike.

  • HM Intellectual Property Snapshot: Passing off and post-sale confusion – an update

    HM Intellectual Property Snapshot: Passing off and post-sale confusion – an update

    Passing off is where a business or entity improperly takes advantage of the goodwill and reputation in a similar brand owned by another business or entity. A recent English has reaffirmed a business's right to a legal remedy in the event of post-sale confusion, where those who see a consumer utilising goods after the sale may make the association. This additional level of protection is likely to be well received by those whose business model is predicated on brand recognition throughout the lifetime of their product.