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20th Sep 2021Articles

Summonses & Settlements: A Road Map Through the Thicket

Guidance from the High Court on the duty of candour in applying for a criminal summons; abuse of process, and whether a party can contract out of its right to bring a private prosecution In June of this year, the High Court (Mr Justice Garnham, with whom Lord Justice Popplewell agreed) handed down its judgment […]

13th Sep 2021Articles

[Dr] No risk of dissipation – Les Ambassadeurs Club Ltd v Yu

The test for “a real risk of dissipation” has been clarified by the Court of Appeal in an important and high-profile judgment Les Ambassadeurs Club Ltd v Songbo Yu [2021] EWCA Civ 1310. Between 27 April and 1 May 2018 Mr Yu, a Chinese high-net-worth businessman, used cheques to purchase £19 million worth of chips […]

8th Sep 2021Articles

New Sentencing Guidelines for unauthorised use of a trade mark by individuals and organisations

Introduction The unauthorised use of a trade mark is an “unfamiliar offence“[1] which rarely comes before the courts. In 2019, around 370 adults and 40 organisations were sentenced. Until now, sentencers in the Magistrates’ Court had available to them a brief guideline for sentencing individuals.[2] However, there were no guidelines for sentencing organisations and none […]

25th Jun 2021Articles

Technology & Strategic Export Controls

Do you need a licence to send your technology abroad? In this webinar, hosted by DAC Beachcroft, Gavin Irwin and Tim Ryan (Partner and Head of Technology at DACB) explore some of the complex issues that can arise in relation to export controls on software, AI and cutting-edge academic research. As the UK takes an increasingly tough […]