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  • Tech Predictions for 2018

    08 January 2018

    Following on from our 2017 Tech Predictions (link below), here are our top ten favourite tech predictions for 2018. It’s set to be another exciting year as the use of technology becomes ever more pervading, influential and business critical.

  • The year in employment law

    08 January 2018

    The UK’s political landscape continues to be dominated by the shock 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union. Following a surprise General Election in June 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May unexpectedly lost her parliamentary majority amid deep divisions about how the UK should “Brexit”. Against that backdrop, the Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU began in 2017 and will continue into 2018. This has meant that, as with many other areas, employment policy reform has taken something of a backseat. Nevertheless, employment law continues to change at pace.

  • Discrimination based on perceived disability is unlawful

    29 December 2017

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has confirmed that it is unlawful to discriminate against an employee because of a perceived disability, even where that employee is not actually disabled under the relevant legal test.

  • Modern slavery - transparency in supply chains


    28 December 2017

    Although many organisations take steps to promote ethical business practices and have policies to protect workers from being exploited, the Government considers that there is a significant way to go to tackle so-called “modern slavery”.

  • Enforcement of gender pay gap reporting – the EHRC gets involved

    21 December 2017

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (‘EHRC’) has published a consultation on its plans for enforcing the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations (‘GPG Regulations’).

  • Alan Hunt and Alicia Mietus write for Essential Retail: Protecting an 'aura of luxury'


    20 December 2017

    Alan Hunt and Alicia Mietus, discuss a CJEU ruling impacting manufacturers that could restrict the sales of products through third-party websites, like Amazon and eBay.

  • From the pub to the court room

    19 December 2017

    It is not uncommon for commercial deals to be agreed with a handshake in an informal setting (often a bar, restaurant or other social venue). If agreed, parties usually then move the matter on to their lawyers to document the terms. But what if terms are never documented? How much reliance can be placed on commercial terms that are agreed orally?

  • Samar Shams writes for HRZone: Four lessons in prevention of illegal working


    18 December 2017

    Samar Shams writes for HRZone discussing the surprises businesses should be aware of in relation to the prevention of illegal working.

  • Fergus Payne writes for Accountancy Age: LLPs in Top 50+50: Will LLPs continue to be the preferred set-up?


    15 December 2017

    In an article for Accountancy Age, Fergus Payne discusses why and how do accountancy firms set up or convert to an LLP, and will LLPs continue to be the preferred set-up in the future?

  • Rogue employees and no-fault liability

    14 December 2017

    A recent High Court judgment has illustrated how employers can potentially be held liable for wrongful disclosure of personal data by their employees.

  • Hannah Price comments for The Times: Life after Brexit: a culture shock


    14 December 2017

    Hannah Price comments in an article for The Times discussing EU employment rights.

  • Avoiding the Hedonic Treadmill: designing a sustainable employee engagement strategy

    14 December 2017

    The concept of the “Hedonic Treadmill” is well established amongst psychologists, but what lessons can HR draw from it in relation to improving employee engagement and productivity?

  • Ask About... Retail, Fashion & Hospitality

    12 December 2017

    Many of our clients in the retail, fashion and hospitality sector face similar HR issues. Each month one of the members of our team will identify an issue, ask how you would deal with it and provide our advice. This month we asked Laura...

  • Changes to Immigration Rules

    12 December 2017

    In UK immigration law circles, we have grown used to a statement of changes, announcing significant alteration of the existing laws, at least three times a year. Usually, the end of year change occurs in November but this year the announcement is unsurprisingly later than usual and less eventful. Presumably because the Government have found themselves a little busy the last few months...

  • Use of disclosed documents to threaten new proceedings was a breach of court rules and may amount to a contempt of court by the solicitor and client


    12 December 2017

    The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) provide that using documents disclosed in existing proceedings (except for the specific purposes allowed) breach the rules. CPR 31.22 provides various exceptions to when a document disclosed in a set of proceedings may be used. Any use outside of the rules could also amount to a contempt of court. Both the client who relied on the solicitor’s advice and the solicitor may be equally vulnerable to the contempt proceedings where there is no evidence of deliberate or reckless misconduct by the solicitor.

  • Enforcing arbitral awards in England & Wales


    12 December 2017

    Where a party has obtained a favourable arbitration award in a jurisdiction other than England and Wales and the respondent to those arbitration proceedings has assets in this jurisdiction, the successful party may wish to enforce the arbitration award here. This guide will consider the steps that the successful party must take in order to be able to do so.

  • Laura Farnsworth spoke to SLOAN! Magazine: Lewis Silkin uses innovative working practices to improve work-life balance for lawyers with children


    12 December 2017

    Laura Farnsworth spoke to SLOAN! Magazine about the challenges faced by those with young families working in the legal sector and what led to the firm establishing rockhopper – our fixed fee HR and employment law service for businesses which allows lawyers to work flexibly from home.

  • The Art of the Brexit Deal

    11 December 2017

    On Friday the UK Government and the European Commission issued a joint report on the rights of EU citizens and their family members in the UK following the conclusion of the first stage of Brexit negotiations.

  • Joanna Hunt comments for Lexis Nexis: 'Breakthrough' Brexit deal provides as many questions as answers


    11 December 2017

    Joanna Hunt comments on the deal struck by the UK and EU, as well as the implications of the agreement, in an article for Lexis Nexis.

  • Top 5 tips for protecting trade secrets


    08 December 2017

    With the new EU Trade Secrets Directive coming into force in June 2018, we have compiled a list of the top 5 tips for protecting trade secrets.

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