When a franchisee becomes insolvent

When a franchisee becomes insolvent

Insolvent franchisee Where an insolvent corporate franchisee is about to close its business, franchisors may look for a potential solution to try to retain goodwill in the brand in that particular territory.  This may include appointing a new franchisee under different ownership to acquire the assets and to trade under a new franchise agreement.  Sometimes, […]

People in glass houses – a right to privacy

People in glass houses – a right to privacy

In a recent case (New Bankside Residents v Tate Gallery), the High Court had to decide whether residents of flats in Central London with floor to ceiling windows opposite the Tate Modern Gallery were entitled to a right of privacy from the Tate’s viewing gallery. The flat owners sought an injunction against the Tate requiring […]

Implied Rights of Way – Developers Beware

Implied Rights of Way – Developers Beware

A recent case in the Court of Appeal has demonstrated how important it is for developers to ensure that all of the land they wish to acquire and/or develop has the benefit of all required easements.  In Parker and Another -v- Roberts, the Court ruled that an obligation to contribute towards the maintenance of a […]

McDonald’s Loses Big Mac Trade Mark Across the EU

McDonald’s Loses Big Mac Trade Mark Across the EU

The Irish fast food chain, Supermac’s, based in County Galway has managed to successfully revoke McDonald’s “Big Mac” European Trade Mark, after a dispute lasting a number of years. The dispute started after McDonald’s opposed Supermac’s own EU trade mark. Supermac’s then commenced a revocation action against McDonald’s challenging them to show genuine use of […]

Retirements and Promotions

Retirements and Promotions

Jane Masih has been promoted to Managing Director of Owen White Solicitors following the retirement of outgoing MD Richard Keen. Mike Smith has been promoted to Director.

Supreme Court Judgment: S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2018] UKSC 62

Supreme Court Judgment: S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2018] UKSC 62

“Should developers be concerned about the recent judgment in S Franses Limited v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Limited when relying on having an intention to demolish or redevelop to obtain possession of premises?” In short, the Supreme Court’s ruling should not affect developers who rely on section 30(1)(f) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 […]

A Basic Guide to Copyright in the UK

A Basic Guide to Copyright in the UK

What is Copyright? Copyright is a right to prevent others from using or copying work without the consent of the copyright owner. Copyright is governed by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1998 and is a property right which vests in original literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works in additional to sound recordings, films/broadcasts and typographical […]