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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

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28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

20 Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

27/05/2011

(1) Group Lotus Plc (2) Lotus Cars Ltd – and – (1) 1Malaysia Racing Team SDN BHD; (2) Team Lotus Ventures Ltd; (3) Tune Group SDN BHD; (4) Anthony Francis Fernandes; (5) 1Malaysia Racing Team (UK) Ltd

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On 27 May 2011 Mr Justice Peter Smith gave judgment in the dispute between (1) Group Lotus and (2) 1Malaysia Racing, Team Lotus Ventures, Tune Group and Tony Fernandes, as to the right to use the name Team Lotus. Peter Smith J held that Team Lotus Ventures owns the goodwill associated with the Team Lotus name and roundel, and that Group Lotus’s claim to the name should be dismissed. The judge ruled that trade marks held by TLV should be revoked, for non-use whilst it was not racing in Formula 1; but that TLV, and not Group Lotus, can have new trade marks in the name and roundel registered. The judge ruled that the defendants’ use of the name Team Lotus does not infringe Group Lotus’s trade marks in the name Lotus. The judge also ruled that 1Malaysia was not to be restrained, by reason of a licence agreement between it and Group Lotus in 2009, from using the name Team Lotus.

The judge held that 1Malaysia had been in breach of the licence agreement in failing to obtain approval for the manufacture and sale of Lotus Racing merchandise in 2010, and that Group Lotus had, in September 2010, validly terminated the licence agreement.


Guy Morpuss QC and Patricia Edwards, instructed by Macfarlanes LLP, acted for the defendants, Team Lotus.


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