Friday, 30 August 2013

CH-R Family Solicitors opens in Newbury

CH-R Family Solicitors, a new international firm specialising in all aspects of family law, is opening its doors in Newbury this week (2nd September).

The firm has been started by Claire Hamilton-Russell and Daisy Hutchinson who previously worked together for 10 years at another Newbury law firm. Both trained with leading London firms and have significant experience in high level family law and a total of more than 30 years of legal experience between them.

Claire and Daisy are both specialists in legal issues involving high net worth individuals and work with clients worldwide, as well as London and Newbury. The opening of the new business means that further jobs have been created for two assistant solicitors and two support staff posts.

Claire Hamilton-Russell started her career in 1989 and now specialises in divorce and pre-nuptial agreements. She is a member of Resolution, a code of practice for family lawyers and is a mediator with them. She has been recognised as a leader in her field by Chambers UK; a guide to the best solicitors in the UK.

She specialises in work involving family and child law; focusing on financial settlements often with an international element. Her work increasingly involves pre and post-nuptial agreements as well as civil partnership agreements.

Claire Hamilton-Russell (left) and Daisy Hutchinson from CH-R Family Solicitors, opening in Newbury this week.

Her business partner Daisy Hutchinson qualified in 2003 and is a family mediator similarly specialising in divorce and civil partnerships.

Claire and Daisy decided to set up their own business to bring a personal touch to family law and a bespoke service to their clients in Newbury and the surrounding area.

Claire said: “We’re committed to creating a presence here in Newbury, serving Berkshire, Hampshire and London. In our previous roles, we’ve built up a great reputation for high quality family work and we will continue to work with our clients to give them the support and reassurance they need at what is often a difficult time.

Daisy added: “We’re thrilled to be starting up a new law firm in Newbury. We are able to bring a fresh approach and a personal service, combined with many years of experience in dealing from everything to simple divorce cases to complicated tax and trust issues.”

A launch event is planned for later in the year.


Friday, 23 August 2013

September speakers at the Athena Network, West Berkshire

After a summer hiatus, West Berkshire’s Athena Network members can look forward to an informative programme of speakers in September.

The networking group holds four meetings in the area; the first on Wednesday, 11st September at Newbury north at the Donnington Valley Hotel will host Karen Garley of HR Vision Ltd on making a strong first impression.

Claire Dore of Arbonne International will be talking about effective team management and how to motivate a successful team, on, Friday, 13th September, at the Hungerford group, which meets at the Bear Hotel.

Lis Allen of ‘The Vagina Dialogues’ fame will be giving a talk on the art of public speaking at the Thatcham group, meeting at the Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday, 17th September and Sharon Kielty-White from MoreTime Business Development will be offering tips and techniques on how to grow a business and increase revenue potential at the Newbury north group at La Tasca on Wednesday, 18th September.

All groups are for West Berkshire businesswomen and run from 12pm to 2pm.

Debbie Miles, regional director of the West Berkshire Athena Network said: “We had a lovely summer social where all of the groups were invited to meet and enjoyed the ‘fruits’ of a cookery demonstration by Emma Benson from Mrs B’s Home Cooking.

“In September, we’ll be back in the swing of things and offering networking and training for local entrepreneurs. As ever, our supportive group of members will be gaining support, referrals and enjoying useful insights from informative speakers.”

For more information, email Debbie Miles on

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


The much-loved “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON” motivational posters that were produced during World War II have been the subject of a recent trademark row – one that a Newbury trademark specialist says could have been avoided.

The long-forgotten posters were found in an old box of books that Barter Books purchased at auction. Designed to boost morale during the war, they were never actually issued but have enjoyed recent popularity thanks to their upbeat message.

However, Mark Coop of Keep Calm and Carry on Ltd registered the phrase as a trademark (along with other people) in 2007 for various goods including household and kitchen utensils and clothing and the wholesaler supplies more than 170 retail outlets, including John Lewis, Debenhams, Heals and River Island.

The row broke out recently when Coop filed evidence against Kerry Cade from Simply Printing Ltd to stop her from using the phrase on her products. She argued that the phrase was in common use and should be available to decorate items.

Barter books had previously sold copies of the poster through their shop. They also filed evidence in the case on behalf of Mrs Cade to say that only 41,000 copies of the poster were sold by them. Barter Books did apply the slogan to other goods but did not register it as a trademark.

Dale Campbell, European Trademark Attorney and director of Trademark Tribe in Newbury, said: “The EU Office (OHIM) did not agree with Mrs Cade and has ruled that it is indeed a trademark. This ruling has important implications for those who infringe a trademark registration and a moral for those owners who fail to register their brand.

“A trademark registration grants ownership of the brand name for the goods and services which allows them to protect their goodwill and to take action should others begin using the name without their permission.

“When another business sells your goods without you having control of the quality and the use of the brand, they harm your business by stealing your potential customers and could damage your brand by selling inferior goods.

“Why leave it to chance that another business or person can come along and sell your brand and pocket the profits?”

Dale added: “Mr Coop developed goodwill in the brand and the registration as a trademark has legitimately allowed Keep calm and carry on Limited to protect this goodwill, which is the essential function of a trademark.

“The EU Trademark Office essentially agreed with this. In fact Mrs Cade’s own evidence filed shows examples of invoices and websites that are associated with the actual owner of the trademark and that they are genuine customers of Keep calm and carry on Limited which is proof that the goods do actually originate from one source; Mr Coop’s business.

“Whether you agree or disagree with the decision, you cannot argue the fact that Keep calm and carry on Limited had the foresight to produce household items and clothing. You could argue that he worked hard and spent considerable money in bringing the goods to market and now he is begrudged the success by others that would like to infringe his trademark right and steal some of his success. It may be a difficult trademark to defend due to the popularity of its own success but rightly so it is a trademark registration.”