Posted: Author: Emily Sadler

Paris Smith admitted to the British Franchise Association

Paris Smith has received accreditation as affiliate members of the British Franchise Association (BFA) in recognition of our expertise in franchise law. The BFA was formed in 1977 to act as: The voice of ethical franchising in the UK; The Trade Association for those who pass accreditation; Educator to the many potential individuals and businesses… Read more »

Posted: Author: Emily Sadler

The importance of contractual terms for the recruitment sector

Terms and conditions are often one of the most neglected areas of a company’s operational ambit. At best, they receive a cursory glance. At worst, they are totally ignored. This is not a shameless plug to instruct lawyers but a necessary reminder to dust off your off-line and online terms, particularly if you are in… Read more »

Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

The law catches up with reality – phew!

A new (but long overdue) copyright exception is being introduced in June of this year which is being heralded as modernising the law of copyright. The exception will allow an individual to copy legally obtained content from one medium or device to another. In simple terms, I can copy my entire CD collection onto my… Read more »

Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

The Intellectual Property Bill update

The Intellectual Property Bill continues to ping pong its way between the House of Lords and the House of Commons but seems to be making headway. One of the new amendments introduces a criminal sanction for intentional copying of a UK or EU registered design without consent. Whilst I can see the benefit of such… Read more »

Posted: Author: Emily Sadler

Excused from contractual performance by an act of God?

In recent times, natural occurrences such as the extreme flooding this winter, the ash cloud and the bird flu crisis have highlighted the need to consider more carefully a standard and often overlooked, boilerplate contractual clause. The force majeure clause Latin for “superior force,” a force majeure clause in contracts aims to essentially free or… Read more »