Gregor Kleinknecht discusses the legal framework of self-driving cars in Discover Germany

Driven to distraction When autonomous vehicles, also known as automated vehicles, self-driving or driver-less cars, have made the head-lines recently, it has normally been in the context of road traffic accidents. Nevertheless, they are considered to be the technology of the future and safer than ‘normal’ cars because they eliminate human error. Looking at the…

ASA rules against exaggerated success rate in “instant win” promotions

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that instant win promotions on Highland Spring water bottles and packets of McCain French Fries breached The UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing (CAP Code) because the chances of winning a prize were far lower than the promotional material suggested. Highland Spring bottle labels stated that 10,000 “instant win” prizes…

Stephen Morrall discusses Brexit with the International Legal Team in Porto, Portugal

The International Legal Team, a worldwide society comprising of lawyers with a “core” for international business, debated Brexit and Catalonia. The event was organised by the Sociedade de Advogados Vilar & Associados at the Palace of Visconde de Balsemão, where there was a presence of solicitors from Berlin, Barcelona, London, Marseille, Paris, Nice, Kraków and Luxembourg representing the…

Stephen Morrall comments on landmark Pimlico Plumbers v Smith Supreme Court judgment in The Times, The Times Law Brief, Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance, The National and New Zealand Herald

Plumber, Gary Smith, today (13 June) won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling expected to have huge ramifications for the gig economy. Supreme Court judges found that plumber Gary Smith, who worked for London-based Pimlico Plumbers between August 2005 and April 2011, wasn’t self-employed or a client of the firm, giving him…

Gregor Kleinknecht discusses intellectual property advice for small businesses and trademark infringement in The Times

There are countless things for founders to worry about when trying to get a start-up off the ground, finance, production, marketing, supply and staffing levels to name but a few. For Oliver and Alexander Kent-Braham, that list stretched to engaging in a lengthy and bizarre row about the semantics of the word “marshmallow”. Having decided to…