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Sussex Keeps Giving

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On more than one occasion in the past when I have spoken at business events I have remarked upon the unfailing willingness of the community in Sussex to support local charities. However, this has rarely been more clearly demonstrated than will be the case for the coming week-end 20th to 22nd June. The first of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

It’s all about image….or is it?

Most world-famous pop stars are pleased when fans adorn t-shirts branding their faces, but only when the company producing the merchandise has permission. In July, the High Court handed down judgment in a passing off case brought by the singer Rihanna who has a clothing collection at River Island, against major clothing retailer, Topshop. Topshop… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Mental health

A very interesting column in this month’s Director magazine posed the question, who does the leader of a business turn to when they want to share their feelings about work? “To colleagues you are the leader, the decision-maker and the person with clarity and vision.  But,” writes Iqbal Wahhab, “in this relentless drive to motivate,… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Talent for the future

With an ancestry going back to the 18th century, our firm illustrates that while heritage is something to celebrate, it holds few clues about the future. As a Victorian Coroner, one of our “ancestors” Wynne Edwin Baxter investigated the Jack the Ripper murders and the death of Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, amongst a staggering… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Businesses, brands and a lot of litigation

The legal landscape around brands has come a long way since trade mark protection entered the statute books in 1875. Case law is continually evolving to resolve brand issues faced by businesses. Some of the latest examples illustrate the fine line between sensible brand protection and unnecessary litigation. Beyond formally recognised assets such as brand… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Time for take off for Sussex businesses?

A second runway at Gatwick is just one of the options being considered to increase the UK’s airport capacity. While decisions made in 2013 will affect Sussex’s long term economic prospects, the various options are likely to remain grounded for some years. Sir Howard Davies is leading a commission to examine the scale and timing… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Lords’ legacy – Leveson and McAlpine

Much comment has been made on the Leveson report – some of it even by people who have read bits of it! The issues around press regulation are important and will say much about the society we want. But in a few years’ time how relevant will it all be? It is not hard to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Kodak – a development lesson

In spite of legal challenges from other companies, Kodak has recently been given permission to auction over 1,000 of its digital imaging patents.  As well as enough prior art issues to intrigue an IP geek or lawyer (is there a difference?) this decision raises a key point for business owners from all industries. The clue’s in the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Don’t let your cookies crumble

Tempting though it is to throw in a reference to the fondly remembered (at least by me) bear from the Andy Williams show (as the anti-dote to the introduction of the Osmonds), it is probably more appropriate at this moment to make mention of the more serious and ubiquitous cookies of today, that of gathering… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Waxing Lyrical

Well, maybe not “waxing” as such, as even I do not go back as far as wax cylinders (though the era of vinyl I admit to), but some musings on specialist record shops – prompted by the forthcoming Record Store Day on 21st April (see www.recordstoreday.co.uk). Putting aside a quibble as to what happened to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)