Where there’s a hit, there’s a writ


That’s presumably how the defendants must feel in the case of Henderson v All Around The World Recordings Ltd [2013] EWPCC 7 after Judge Birss QC, sitting in the Patents County Court last week, upheld a claim by the singer Jodie Aysha for a share in the royalties from her hit song of that name.

And it just goes to show the truth of the old adage: Where there’s a hit, there’s a writ.

Of course, you …

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Never forget that lawyers aren’t paid to be liked

Up Tights

“Is nothing sacred these days?” said UpTights.

“What are you moaning on about now?” said OldSmoothie.

“Once upon a time institutions were respected but in the last few years it seems like it’s all gone to pot. First, we find out that a fair proportion of our politicians were on the make at the public’s expense…”

“That can hardly have come as a surprise when you’ve er, been courted by several members of parliament over the years,” said OldSmoothie.

“Maybe …

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The Cab Rank Rule: still driving the Bar?

I'm not going south of ten grand on the brief!

What is the meaning and purpose of the so-called Cab Rank Rule in the context of the new legal services market? Is it a Holy Cow or Shibboleth, taken for granted but more honoured in the breach? Or is it still a driving principle, a philosophical touchstone that underpins the approach of advocates to their profession?

These are the questions posed by Professors John Flood, of the University of Westminster, and Morten Hviid, of the University of East Anglia, in …

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Going logo: all change at the IPO


Thanks to something called a “single government identity”, the IPO or Intellectual Property Office (the operating name of what used to be called The Patent Office) is this month replacing its existing logo with the Royal Coat of Arms. This is how it will look: 

“This is part of a wider move to develop a consistent and cost-effective approach to branding across UK government departments and agencies” says the IPO website. “Government’s use of a …

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Cameras in court: an appealing prospect?

Lord Judge

TV cameras will be allowed into the Court of Appeal for the first time from October 2013 and senior judges will be offered training before appearing on camera, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge told the Lords Constitution Committee on 30 January.

The select committee takes evidence from the Lord Chief Justice (pictured above) each year and questions him on the state of the law, the judiciary and legal services. This year’s session (Lord Judge’s last, before retiring later …

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