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Welcome to our April Ewire

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Insight from a pensions expert: Jennie Kreser, Head of the pension law practice at Silverman Sherliker shares her thoughts on the BHS pension fund bailout and its effect on the industry.

We also look at: the Chinese Trade Mark Office’s cutting of fees and its impact on brand protection.

And finally, we look at the wide ranging implications of Brexit for EU trade mark holders and how businesses can protect themselves and their interests.

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In this edition: Company dress codes and policies have left a lot of businesses in hot water of late. Our Head of Employment and Pensions department looks at the latest official guidance and how to apply it so that businesses don’t find themselves in trouble.

Elsewhere: To spam or not to spam? Our Trainee Solicitor Bunmi Oduntan explores the legal landscape for direct marketing.


Good News for Brand Owners... and a Warning

With effect from 1 April 2017, the Chinese Trade Mark Office has cut its official filing fees by 50%. On the face of it, this is great news for brand owners… but bear in mind that China has allowed a proliferation of bad faith applications. For years, opportunistic brand ‘hijackers’ have snapped up rights in China from under the noses of the legitimate brand owners. Many owners have often been forced to pay significant sums to regain their rights, in the face of an unsympathetic registry.


High Heels, Lipstick and Nail Varnish - An Employment Law Perspective

Nicholas Lakeland, Silverman Sherliker’s Head of Employment and Pensions department, considers a topical matter that may affect every office in the country.


Pension Interview: Exploring the issues around the BHS pension fund bailout

Pensions analysis: With Sir Philip Green finally agreeing an out-of-court settlement to bail out the collapsed BHS pension fund, Jennie Kreser, head of the pension law practice at Silverman Sherliker, discusses the implications for all involved.


Direct Marketing: To Spam or not to Spam?

Direct marketing consists of communications, often unsolicited and sent by email, with the sole purpose of trying to sell or market certain goods or services.


Implications of BREXIT on owners of EU trade mark holders

Following on from our Six Point Brexit Strategy featured in our June 2016 newsletter, there is little concrete news to report in relation to the exact implications Brexit will have on the owners of existing EU trade marks. Trainee Solicitor Rebecca Chang predicts problems and suggests a solution…


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 on: rm@silvermansherliker.co.uk.


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