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Square Pegs and Round Holes: Is Trade Mark Law Out of Shape?

At present, the law applies strict limits to when a particular shape can be registered as a trade mark. Recently, this has denied protection to the shape of the London Taxi and Nespresso coffee capsules. This appears to disregard the important role played by a product's aesthetic for many companies.

12:00, 16th January 2018

The Biggest Challenges Facing the Legal Profession in 2018

Showing an understanding of the challenges facing the legal profession is vital for demonstrating commercial awareness to recruiters. Thus, it is important to examine how issues like Brexit, cyber security, fixed costs and online courts could cause problems for lawyers in the coming year.

12:00, 2nd January 2018

Pointless or Going for Gold? Giving Copyright Protection to TV Show Formats

While scripted TV shows have long been protected by copyright law, the legal position of programmes that rely on spontaneity, like quiz shows or reality television, has been heavily contested. However, a recent High Court case has finally provided guidance as to when protection may be available.

12:00, 19th December 2017

A Stark Warning: Greece, Goldman Sachs and the ‘Swaps Deal’

The infamous currency swaps between Greece and Goldman Sachs, used to ensure the country could join the Eurozone, shows how the problems that can arise without sufficient regulation of an expanded derivatives market. Hopefully, the fallout from the deals will spark some much-needed regulation.

12:00, 15th December 2017

Striking a Balance between Sovereign Wealth Funds and National Security

The rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds has triggered concerns that such funds could be used by the possessing state to influence or disrupt the economic security of other states. Yet the current law addressing these concerns is insufficient; much must be done to guarantee these funds are used correctly.

12:00, 17th November 2017

The Public Interest Case: TfL was Correct not to Renew Uber’s Licence

In the second part of Keep Calm Talk Law's debate on TfL's decision not to renew Uber's operating licence, Joseph Mahon argues that, when viewed through a broad lens that accounts for the bigger picture, the decision was a balanced and proportionate response to the company's continued failures.

12:00, 14th November 2017

The Reasonableness of the UCTA 1977’s Test of Reasonableness

The test of reasonableness in the UCTA 1977 has been criticised for its potential to create certainty and undermine the fundamental doctrine of freedom of contract. However, these criticisms overlook the judicial and legislative safeguards that have been put in place to counteract such concerns.

12:00, 31st October 2017

Poor Relations and Proportionality: The Flaws of TfL’s Uber Decision

The decision by Transport for London not to renew Uber's operating licence in London has proved divisive. But for all the public discourse, little focus has been placed on the legal specifics, close examination of which reveals several grounds for the company to use to launch a successful appeal.

11:00, 13th October 2017

An Expensive Hiccup? Enforcing Drunken Promises in Ashley v Blue

A recent case examined a contract allegedly made by Newcastle United FC chairman Mike Ashley during a night of heavy drinking. It highlights the importance of a fundamental criterion for the creation of a contract - the intention to create legal relations - and how uncertainty can vitiate it.

11:00, 6th October 2017

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