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Welcome to our June Ewire

We like to keep you up to date with ideas and information that will help you gain the maximum advantage from working with us.

Our Ewires will be sent to you regularly to keep you in touch with the latest legal news and we hope you will find these bulletins interesting.

In this edition, we consider the latest challenge to the Louboutin brand, changes to employment law and the issues surrounding alterations to leased property.

We also examine the suspension of Sunday trading regulations during the Olympics and allowing partners to have access to children, as well as the latest pensions issues and the pros and cons of prenuptial agreements.

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And in the Red Corner: the latest challenge to Louboutin’s Sole

Few women in the world with the slightest interest in fashion will be unfamiliar with the iconic red sole of the Christian Louboutin stiletto. Popularised by celebrities from A-list to Z-list, Louboutins have become one of the most recognisable statements of glamour and luxury in the fashion world.

For years now, Christian Louboutin has been known for actively and aggressively protecting its brand against a flood of copycat products – from both high-end fashion stores and High Street brands – with varying degrees of success.

Only in February, the designer lost an ongoing court battle with YSL in the US over claims the label copied his famous red soles.

Intellectual Property Solicitor (and Louboutin aficionada) Izabela Mountford now brings the saga up to date…

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Employment Law – Yet More Change but to what End?

Those of you who have been reading the press can’t have failed to notice the Adrian Beechcroft report and the radical reforms he proposes.

Somehow, all the economic ills of the country are being laid at the feet of the ‘compensation culture’ which employers perceive is ‘out there’ amongst employees whom they seek to dismiss. The cry is that there are too many rights and regulation is excessive, hence there is a reluctance to hire employees.  

Senior Employment Partner Nicholas Lakeland sets out the facts.

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Alterations to Leased Property

One of the major issues for both landlords and tenants in commercial and residential leases is alterations, as Senior Property Partner Richard Gordon advises.

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Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Bill Receives Royal Assent

The Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Bill received Royal Assent last month, after being fast-tracked through Parliament.

Trainee Solicitor Christopher Street explains how this will affect traders, not just in London, but also across England and Wales.

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Tougher Penalties Needed for Divorced or Separated Parents who Deny Their Ex-partners Access to Their Children

Children’s Minister Tim Loughton recently said that too many divorced or separated parents in England and Wales appear to ignore court rulings on access to children.

In order to attempt to resolve this problem, there has been a proposed legislative amendment. This is to ensure that parents who are willing to play a positive role in the care of their children should have the opportunity to do so without the other parent attempting to deny their rights. Intern Ibrahim Yildiz explains the proposals.

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Pensions in the News

Pensions Partner Jennie Kreser recently commented in IPE on NEST Trustees’ legal position. We have reproduced the article written by Rachel Fixsen below.

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The Pros and Cons of Prenuptial Agreements

Family Partner Stala Charalambous recently commented in The Times on the important factors in prenuptial agreements.

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For more information, please contact our Family Partner Stala Charalambous on +44 (0)20 7749 2700 or sec@silvermansherliker.co.uk.

What’s on your Mind?

Is there any particular topic or area of law (business, private client or family matters) that you would like to see us focus on in a future edition of Ewire?

Please contact the Editor, Robert MacGinn, with your requests and suggestions: rm@silvermansherliker.co.uk.

 

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