Monthly Archive March 7, 2022

Intellectual Property – Patents, Copyright and Designs and the European Union

Since Brexit solicitors have lost their right to appear before the European Intellectual Property Office. In practice our solicitors have strengthened their European connections and can act as agents if necessary.

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No Fault Divorce starts on the 6th April 2022

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will finally come into force on the 6th April 2022.

No Fault Divorce will:-

i) Ensure plain English is used e.g. applicant = petitioner, conditional order = decree nisi and final order = decree absolute
ii) Enable both parties to complete the application i.e. a joint application will now be available if desired
iii) A statement of irretrievable breakdown will replace one of the five conditions previously required
iv) Contesting the divorce will no longer be possible
v) Apply to the dissolution of civil partnerships.

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