Many sectors, such as the retail and hospitality sectors, and many other seasonal industries rely heavily on zero hours contracts to deal with fluctuating demand within their workforce. The widespread use of zero hours contracts is highlighted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s estimate that one million workers are engaged via zero hours […]
For businesses considering starting to franchise in the UK – whether already established here or coming from overseas – there are some key points to consider if you want to attract multi-unit investors to your brand. Put your money where your mouth is Don’t expect serious multi-site operators to invest their funds in your franchise […]
In our autumn bulletin last year we flagged new consumer rights of redress affecting franchise businesses that deal with consumers and engage in misleading or aggressive practices. A recent case1 has now clarified that a single act can be a misleading commercial practice. The consumer protection from unfair trading regulations 2008 describe a commercial practice […]
Following on from our earlier bulletin a recent case1 clarifies the importance of including express terms in contracts clarifying the nature of any good faith obligation if the parties wish to rely on one. The case concerned the wording of a provision in a loan note issued to the claimants and whether a term that […]
Social media can be a great way to engage with customers. But with great exposure comes great responsibility. Part one of our guide to social media marketing focused on intellectual property issues. Part two takes a look at some advertising and reputational issues. Here’s what you need to know… Part 2: advertising and reputational issues […]
Whyte & Mackay Limited v Origin Wine UK Limited & Dolce Co Invest Limited Worth knowing about because… Launching a new brand or sub-brand which incorporates your established brand name alongside another word which has already been registered as a trade mark by a third party can give rise to legal challenges. This case highlights […]
Most people are probably of the view that signing an agreement indicates that they intend to be bound by it. But what if the agreement has not been signed? Can a binding contract still come into existence? This has been the scenario in a number of recent cases considered by the courts and is a […]
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