• 12th September 2014

Family Planning
Autumn 2014

The recent Barclays Family Affair Report, published in April 2014, highlights the growth in the number of first generation family SMEs which collectively contribute £180 billion a year to the UK economy.  This figure is set to rise to £218 billion by 2018.  To put this growth in context, the value of family SMEs to […]

Surrogacy, where a couple or individual arrange for a third party mother to gestate a baby for them with the understanding that the child will be handed over to them on birth, has become more popular and more socially acceptable in recent years. For many people, it can solve the problem of infertility but it […]

What has been heralded as an unprecedented and momentous change to the family court system has arrived! Tuesday, 22 April 2014 saw the introduction of The Family Court, a fully integrated court with magistrates, county court district judges and High Court judges all sitting in one family court. Frances Sieber, Spring Law’s new family law […]

Owners of a registered Trade Mark need to be aware of a recent decision from the highest court in Europe that puts the continuing protection of a registered trade mark at risk. In it’s Judgment in the case of Leno Merken BV v Hagelkruis Beheer BV, Case C-149/11 the Court of Justice of the European […]

  • 12th March 2014

Boardroom disputes are entirely normal.  Individual directors should be willing to challenge others and ready to accept being challenged when it comes to carrying out their duty to further the interests of the company. There can be a fine line, however, between constructive and robust management and a dispute that becomes destructive to the individuals concerned […]

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media, whose work includes acting on complaints and proactively checking TV, Radio, print and online media to take action against misleading, harmful or offensive advertisements, sales promotions and direct marketing.