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Jul 31 2017

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING YOUR PRODUCTS

Jonathan Kurtz-Shefford

Parents with young children (and even those without children) will have heard of ‘Fidget Spinners’.

The latest craze to take over the school yard was invented by Catherine Hettinger and most would assume she has become fantastically wealthy on the back of her invention however the reality is quite the opposite.

Catherine could not afford to renew the patent of the popular children’s craze she created and therefore makes no money from the global sales.

Her story is an excellent example of how important it is to protect your intellectual property. Continued protection of her Patent or even registering her trademark would have prevented her losing out on potentially millions of pounds in sales.

Trademarks play a major role in protecting your products and your brand, especially if they rise in value, and are often an appreciating asset.

Trademarks are the words, slogans, logos, colours, packaging, etc. that you wrap around your company and are placed on your products to differentiate yourself in the marketplace….

Jul 27 2017

IMMEDIATE CHANGES TO TRIBUNAL FEES ANNOUNCED

Stuart Atherton

In perhaps the most important judgment in employment law of the last fifty years, the government announced the abolition of employment tribunal fees after the Supreme Court ruled them unlawful.

The surprise ruling by seven justices overturned judgments by the High Court in 2013 and the Court of Appeal in 2015. Instead, the justices unanimously backed an appeal by trade union Unison which argued that the fees were introduced unlawfully.

The immediate consequence is that the Fees Order is quashed so that as of today fees cease to be payable for claims in the employment tribunal (ET) and appeals to the EAT, and…

Jul 4 2017

Power of Attorney

Kath Simpson

An ageing population faces challenges but lasting power of attorney offers protection and control over vital affairs.

In the UK, the number of over-65s now outnumbers people aged under-16 for the first time in our history. During the last century, life expectancy increased by 30 years but managing our affairs as we get older can, for some, prove difficult.

Declining health, sudden illness and dementia can all mean that we struggle with day-to-day management of house-hold and financial affairs and there may come a time when a trusted friend or loved one would be better suited to pick up the reins.

This is…

Jun 28 2017

ISSUES THAT CAN IMPACT ON THE VALUE OF A HOME

Kath Simpson

Our homes are our most significant asset but from a property solicitor’s point of view when it comes to buying or selling, the value of a property depends on far more than its size, condition and location.

Most of us will be familiar with the searches that solicitors carry out once they are instructed by a buyer but not everyone will be aware of how import-ant they are or some of the pitfalls that can arise.

A property can be in prime condition and yet be sub-ject to some very knotty legal issues. Here are five examples of issues that we…

May 23 2017

Peter Lynn & Partners Supports Legal Athlete

Andrew Evans and Peter Lynn

Regional Law firm Peter Lynn and Partners are helping fellow lawyer Andrew Evans as he gets ready for the Edinburgh Marathon.

Andrew, who is a senior lawyer and Director at local law firm Evans, Hayes, Burnell Solicitors is running the marathon in aid of Skincare Cymru and it’s the first time he has attempted the distance.

Andrew commented “I have completed a number of half marathons but this is the first full marathon and I’m delighted to run it in aid of such a worthwhile charity”.

Peter Lynn, Senior Partner commented “I’ve known Andrew for a long time and he is a…

May 19 2017

Swansea BID Members Benefit From HR & Employment Law Workshop

Stuart Atherton, Nia Godsmark, Amelia Rudman and Juliet Luporini

Peter Lynn and Partners have delivered the first in a series of workshops for businesses in the local community by partnering Swansea BID for a HR & Employment Law talk.

The breakfast event took place in the Dragon hotel and focused on the common employment headaches faced by business people such as salaries, holiday pay, discrimination, employment contracts, plus many other “hot topics” regularly encountered by small to medium sized companies in the area.

Swansea BID Chief Executive, Russell Greenslade, said: “I am pleased to launch the Swansea BID Benefits Workshops. I hope they will give local businesses some invaluable guidance…

May 9 2017

New Appointment For Leading Law Firm

Chris Tymanowksi, Katherine Simpson, Peter Lynn and Andrew Davies

Regional law firm Peter Lynn and Partners are pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Simpson to their conveyancing team.

Katherine joins the law firm from Graham Evans and Partners where she spent over 10 years specialising in Residential and Commercial Property Law together with Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Katherine commented “The opportunity to join Peter Lynn and Partners came at the right time in my career and I am looking forward to working with the team”.

Sharing her time between the Mumbles branch and the head office in SA1, Katherine joins the firm at a particularly exciting time. …