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As of 1st March 2011, the ASA remit now includes online marketing communications. This includes UK 
advertisers’ own marketing messages on their own websites and marketing communications in other 
online space under the advertiser’s control (such as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter).
All trading entities that have marketing communications online will be affected by this change, and as 
such are recommended to ensure that their websites and other online marketing communications 
These days charities frequently find they are dealing with the sale or disposal of property. It 
may be the outright sale of a no longer needed property, or the lease of part of the property a 
charity still requires, but perhaps no longer needs all of it so it creates a lease of the surplus 
area. The law is reasonably clear in this area, but my experience is the law is not as clear to 
trustees as it should be, even though the Charity Commission produces a booklet available 
Have you read about the two northern independent preparatory schools which recently failed 
The Charity Commission’s newly formulated “public benefit test”?
The Charities Act 2006 requires the Commission to issue statutory guidance for public benefit 
and trustees must have “regard” to it. 
Most of the test should not present any difficulties to charities. However, a new income test 
has been introduced by the Commission which can cause difficulties.
Trustees be vigilant. Fraud happens!
Unfortunately if there is a flaw in your audit or financial systems then from time to time some 
will take advantage.
Just because people are dealing with charity, does not mean that they will become any more 
honest than they are in their normal dealings. White and blue collar crime is rising (perhaps 
due to the financial credit crunch and the rise in unemployment).
Trustees should ensure audit processes and financial controls are adequate so as to defend 
Many people will have read recently about the two northern independent schools which have 
recently failed The Charity Commissions newly formulated “public benefit test”.
By now we consider Trustees will understand that this test was introduced by The Charity 
Commission following The Charities Act 2006 which required the Commission to issue 
statutory guidance in respect of public benefit test, which trustees must have “regard” to in 
operating their charities. 
The unitary patent is gathering pace.  But at nearly 40 years old, can the long-awaited proposals go the distance?
The losing party’s payable costs to the successful party for cases heard in the Patents County Court via the small claims track have been capped at £50,000, making potential costs more certain and encouraging fairer litigation for smaller entities in particular. This article looks at the impact of the changes and recent case law.
In recent years there has been a significant increase in litigation between smartphone manufacturers, with a number of claims and counter-claims for patent and design right infringement being lodged in multiple jurisdictions as well as a significant number of patent transactions (licenses and assignments) between the same parties. To give an idea of the size of the battlefield, there are at least 25 different companies involved with over 25,000 patents between them.
A brand “is a thing very easy to describe, very difficult to define. It is the benefit and advantage of the good name, reputation and connection of a business. It is the attractive force which brings in custom. It is the one thing which distinguishes an old-established business from a new business at its first start.” (Lord Macnaghten – IRC v Muller & Co Margarine Limited [1901] AC 217 a stamp duty case).