New protection for innovators with launch of digital asset fingerprinting

A new online digital fingerprinting service has been launched to help protect designs and innovations from copycat misuse. The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s new online business platform – known as WIPO PROOF – is designed to safeguard intellectual assets by creating date and time-stamped digital fingerprints when information is uploaded. Owners of the assets receive tamper-proof evidence to safeguard every stage of the development cycle through to commercialisation.  The aim is to speed up any subsequent litigation over copyright, design or patent, by recording and confirming each stage.   The platform…

How to deal with an estate as an executor during the coronavirus pandemic

Adjusting to the challenges caused by coronavirus has been difficult for all of us. However, for those dealing with the death of a loved one, the onerous obligations placed on executors may seem overwhelming. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of claims brought against executors by beneficiaries. Coupled with increased financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it is vital that executors understand their duties and obligations to avoid claims. In this article we set out what is required of executors, and how…

Selling or buying property during COVID-19

One thing is certain, the property market has been paralysed by lockdown. However, the tide is turning so if you are looking to put your home on the market or wanting to purchase a property take note. The advance of modern technology has made everything possible now.  360 Virtual viewings are now an option and your agents can be contacted via email, with some offering video consultations. Sellers, if you are, or have been thinking about putting your property on the market – don’t delay. Now is the time to…

Effects of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 from the 1st June 2020 on all residential tenancies

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 (‘the Act’) came into force on 1 June 2019 and imposed limitations on the fees that Landlords and Agents could charge Tenants under Assured Shorthold Tenancies granted by private landlords, tenancies of student accommodation and most licences to occupy housing in the private rental sector in England. It meant that any fees charged outside of the Act were not permitted and consequently banned. The Act has the effect of reducing the costs incurred by the Tenant throughout the Tenancy so as to make the private rental…

Covid-19: Residential properties – Update

The current situation with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has created a lot of unknowns and concerns throughout the property market. The Government has made several assurances in the recent news conferences in the past few weeks aimed at both Landlords and Tenants, outlining how both will be afforded assurance and protection in such turbulent times over the coming months. On the 26th of March the Coronavirus Act 2020 was passed, this gave royal assent to many of the measures which were promised. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/contents/enacted/data.htm Residential tenants now have protection from eviction…

Mum and Dad need to get with it

Parents who help their children get on the property ladder are being urged to adopt a more professional approach when it comes to handing over the cash.  Faced with high rental costs and soaring property prices, more parents are dipping into savings or releasing capital from their own property to support the next generation. Research by Legal & General estimates that a massive £6.3bn was provided last year by the Bank of Mum and Dad – or BoMaD - as it’s known.  The figure effectively makes BoMaD the 11th largest mortgage…

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