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How to carry out successful remote video trials

In these uncertain times, courts are managing proceedings in a variety of different ways from telephone hearings for applications to trials by video conferencing.

We recently conducted a remote trial in the Reading County Court by which all parties, legal representatives and witnesses attended by video conference.

How effective are Personal Guarantees in Franchise Agreements?

Franchising

A guarantee is a contractual promise to pay the liabilities of another.
When a franchise agreement is entered into between a franchisor and a corporate franchisee, such as a limited company, it is usual for the franchisor to require at least one individual, such as a company director or key shareholder, to provide a personal guarantee that they will satisfy the obligations and liabilities of the franchisee, in the event that the franchisee fails to meet those obligations and liabilities under the franchise agreement.

Glossary of Insolvency Terms

With the impact of COVID-19, there will inevitably be a rise in businesses or individuals engaged in insolvency procedures. We set out below some of the most commonly used insolvency terms.

UK Trade Mark Infringement

Once a trade mark is registered, the owner has the exclusive right to use the mark in the UK. This allows an owner to stop others from using their mark or a confusingly similar mark in relation to the goods and services that their mark was registered for.

COVID-19: Homeworking Health & Safety

The government has advised all employees to work from home unless it is not possible to do so. As a result, many businesses’ entire workforce is now based at home. The drastic change to working practices throws up a number of challenges. In this note, we focus on the health & safety implications.

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