Promises of sale and why we need them. Wait…do we really?
Ah promises, promises! I hear your mournful sigh. It reminds me, in an odd sort of way, of one of my favourite poems by Robert Frost , and it certainly doesn’t help that we’re Mediterranean. By this of course I mean we’re a people who clearly think (as opposed to thinking... Read more
Confidential Sources: How much can a journalist protect his ear newt?
It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a journalist, blogger or reporter reading this. Hell, it doesn’t even matter if you’re an ordinary guy drinking a cup of Joe , watching the world go by while reading this. So stop what you’re doing (except for the coffee of... Read more
Non-Executive Directors: What’s the point?
You’ve decided that you can’t keep on trading in your own name. There may be a variety of reasons that brought you to this decision – professional liability , tax planning , risk management , insurability , compliance & regulatory . The list isn’t endless, but... Read more
Verbal contracts: Should I always have a contract in writing?
Preferably, would be the short answer. But that doesn’t mean either that verbal agreements carry no weight. You know the kind. We'll decide on the terms over the phone, then we'll meet over a coffee, shake on it and we're done. Like true and proper gentlemen. Simple ( no lawyers ),... Read more
Appeals from the Industrial Tribunal: Do’s and Don’ts
Have you been unfairly sacked from your job? Were you fired for some stupid reason? Do you feel that your employer was just waiting for an excuse to get you off his books in the cheapest manner possible? Well, if any of these situations apply to you, you may be thinking of taking... Read more
Intellectual Property: An asset deserving of protection – but how?
You’ve worked hard, investing countless hours writing that novel you always knew you had in you. You stayed up late at night re-designing that circuit that’s been failing OCAD so many times, you could actually taste the copper in your mouth. And you’ve been banging away at that... Read more
Copyright: Protection through the limitation to the right to copy.
Copyright is the most accessible forms of protection of intellectual property. It is a legal right which grants exclusivity to the author or creator to print, publish, perform, film or record literary or other artistic material. It includes the right to authorise others to do the same to that... Read more
Intellectual Property protection mechanisms: Formal attire or smart casual?
The decision isn’t always obvious, and when it is it might not be the most desirable or the most cost-effective. However, ultimately, decisions have to be made, and the hard ones are inevitably the most important. The truth is that innovation is driven by the prospect of increases in... Read more
The highest form of IP protection: Could it be more than patently obvious?
It is somewhat ironic that the highest form of intellectual property protective measures enjoys the shortest life-span ever whereas the weakest formal protective mechanism enjoys the longest. To make matters even worse, so to speak, informal methods of protection last indefinitely! We’ve... Read more
Action time-barred, victim not compensated.
The passage of time is something that we take for granted. It’s something we don’t even think about and when we fail to give it due consideration, the right to legal action can lapse and when that happens, disaster strikes. A right to redress is lost and justice delayed, is truly... Read more
How really competitive are we?
Perhaps you haven’t decided whether or not you want to do business in Malta or with a Maltese company. You might also think that Malta is some far-flung funny jurisdiction with dodgy rules and run by a mob of shady bankers and marauding tax evaders.
Well, it isn’t. And... Read more
How necessary is that pesky Terms & Conditions page?
Well, it’s not a legal requirement as in it isn’t mandatory . But you probably already knew that, and that’s why you’re reading this. Another question you’re probably asking yourself right now is, why doesn’t this website have it’s own terms and... Read more
Can a webmaster legally hold you to ransom?
Well, the answer to that question is – it depends. This question crops up everytime a website business owner decides to change his service provider, for whatever reason, and move to another. Frequently, though admittedly not always, the estranged web officer will not ‘release’... Read more
Electronic tools for lawyers
Last Friday, the Chamber of Advocates, issued a round robin to all its members asking them to participate in a survey designed and piloted by the European Commission. The survey asks questions like If we submit claims electronically, apply for summons digitally, present evidence electronically.... Read more
The Walloons have withdrawn!
And not a moment too soon. A trade deal that hit a brick wall so hard that made the Canadian government throw it’s proverbial arms up in exasperation annoucing the end of trade deal talks with the EU that had been going on for about a decade, was rescued at the eleventh hour by... Read more