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Brexit and IP – How can you protect your intellectual property?

October 28th 2020
 

Sam Lyon Head of Corporate & Commercial shares another useful tip in a post Brexit world. You insure your property and have contracts with suppliers and customers for the sale and purchase of goods but what are you doing to protect your ideas, services and products? Assets that cannot be seen – including design rights, patents, trademarks and copyrights – have immense value to businesses and can be protected. They…

Firm’s commitment to agricultural sector rewarded with highest accolade

October 28th 2020
 

A LEADING legal firm has been recognised for its commitment to the local farming community. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, which operates across Cumbria and Northumberland, has been ranked among the best in the country for its expertise and knowledge of the agricultural sector. Its Agriculture and Estates department was placed in the top tier of legal firms nationally for the first time by the Chambers UK Guide, which ranks lawyers and…

Vulnerable woman’s Will upheld despite daughter’s challenge

October 26th 2020
 

The High Court has upheld a vulnerable woman’s Will and rejected a claim by her daughter that she had been subjected to undue influence. By Rebecca Armstrong Solicitor The case involved two sisters, Teresa Ann Coles and Heather Christine Reynolds. In 2002, their mother made a Will leaving her estate to be divided equally between them. However, the relationship between the two sisters deteriorated in 2009. In 2012, the mother…

Data Protection and GDPR in a post Brexit World

October 22nd 2020
 

Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR provides an some important information. After the Brexit transition period ends on 31st December 2020, the EU GDPR will no longer be law in the UK. However, as the UK government intends to write the GDPR into UK law, from all practical perspectives, GDPR will continue to apply. This means UK organisations and individuals that process or transfer the personal data…

50 Wainwrights in support of ’50 Faces for Hospice’

October 21st 2020
 

The West Cumbria girls have been busy ticking off Wainwrights over the past few weeks in support of the Hospice at Home West Cumbria 50 Faces campaign. Here’s a little update on their progress: Laura Clarke, Private Client Executive, has managed to tick off another eight fells, taking her total to 20 so far. Laura’s most recent walk took in Great Mell Fell, Little Mell Fell and Gowbarrow over 13…

Leading legal firm expands as new solicitor joins team

October 21st 2020
 

A LEADING legal firm has welcomed a new solicitor to its growing team. Michelle Hayes, 33, has joined the wills, probate and inheritance department of Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors and will be based at the company’s Rosehill office in Carlisle. Originally from Bolton, Michelle is looking forward to the new challenge. She said: “Cartmell Shepherd is a well-established law firm which is embedded in the community and I’m excited about developing…

Leading legal firm launches nationwide wills dispute service

October 20th 2020
 

A LEADING legal firm is maximising its expertise by branching out to offer a specialist wills dispute service nationwide. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, the only legal firm in Cumbria to be a member of the innovative UK200Group, has launched a wills dispute resolution website. Peter Stafford, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors’ managing director, explained why the firm, which has traditionally concentrated on mainly serving communities across Cumbria and Northumberland, has made the move…

Court resolves dispute between partners in restaurant business

October 19th 2020
 

The High Court has settled a dispute between two partners who had worked together for many years in a restaurant business. By David Tew Solicitor Tariq Mahmood Malik and Mahboob Hussain Junior had opened a restaurant known as the “Nawaab” in 2003. They were equal joint owners of the property in which it was situated and equal joint shareholders in the company through which it was run (the Stockport Road…

SMEs to act now to prepare for Brexit

October 14th 2020
 

Many SMEs are unaware that there are some key things they need to do before the end of the year to ensure they can continue to trade from 1st January 2021. The UK left the EU on Friday 31st January. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. From 1st January 2021 there are some significant implications for all…

Possession hearings return but renters to get more support

October 14th 2020
 

Landlords can now bring possession proceedings again, but the government has also announced new measures to give tenants extra protection over the winter, especially at Christmas. Natalie Tatton Solicitor provides an update. The government has changed the law to increase notice periods to 6 months meaning renters now served notice can stay in their homes over winter, with time to find alternative support or accommodation. The only exceptions to this are the most…

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