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The law firm and the Streisand Effect

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1 tl;dr A former client left one negative review of a law firm. The law firm sued. The court held the review was defamatory, and ordered it to be removed. The court's judgment was published, and the Read more

Four legal tips to keep your business running smoothly in 2021

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1 The pandemic is getting worse, democracy in the USA seems to have collapsed, and if you have to say "you're still on mute" one more time, you'll explode. And it's only the 11th of January. Here are Read more

Does displaying Article 61 of Magna Carta exempt me from compliance with Covid rules in England?

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1 Short answer No. Longer answer Nooooooooooooooo. This image is attributed by Wikipedia as being part of the public domain. ↩︎ Read more

Goodwill hunting

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1 The Court of Appeal has published its decision on the meaning of "goodwill" in a contract. Even if you don't use the term "goodwill" in your contracts, this is a useful decision for anyone who Read more

Audio porn and plain English consensual contracts

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1 The legal Twitterverse has been alive this week with discussions of a tweet by Kanye West about the value of plain English contract drafting. He said: We need Plain English contracts. A Lawyers Read more

Sales to consumers through online platforms: new rules to protect businesses

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1 I was reading over the weekend about a freelancer, who was making a living selling videos and other content through an online platform. They were doing pretty well, and had amassed a considerable Read more

gov.uk guidance on contracts: don't be a dick

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The UK government has published some guidance, "Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency". It's here. What it Read more

"Online interface orders": a new injunction against service providers

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Updated 19 May 2020: added a section on DNS blocking The Consumer Protection (Enforcement) (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2020 were published yesterday, and they contain a new injunction which can be Read more

Can I reference COVID / coronavirus in my advertising?

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I'm not an ad man. In fact, I go out of my way to block online advertising, mostly because of the underlying surveillance which is used to target ads. But that’s a different issue, for another day. Read more

ISPs and comms providers: can I still go to the office / data centre / open the shop?

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This blogpost relates specifically to the regulations in place in England. If you are not in England, check your local regulations. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Read more