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  • Pension auto-enrolment

    Inbrief

    20 April 2016

    From 1 October 2012 a fundamental change to employers’ obligations concerning workplace pensions took effect, requiring employers who have passed their “Staging Date” to automatically enrol eligible jobholders into a suitable pension scheme and fund a minimum level of pension savings (without reducing pay or benefits elsewhere). The new rules will require all employers to review (and, if necessary, amend) their current pension arrangements or face substantial penalties for non-compliance.

  • Defamation & Malicious Falsehood

    Inbrief

    20 April 2016

    Reputation protection which embodies our law of defamation has become increasingly important. Together with the law of privacy, including confidentiality, reputation protection is a vital right for individuals and corporations, especially the advertising industry where image and celebrity rights attract so much attention.

  • Settlement agreements

    Inbrief

    08 April 2016

    First introduced by statute in 1993, settlement agreements (previously known as compromise agreements) have become increasingly common as a means for an employer and employee to settle claims and/or effect a clean break from the employment relationship.

  • Shared parental leave

    Inbrief

    16 March 2016

    A new system of shared parental leave has been introduced as part of the Government’s commitment to create a fairer society that gives parents more flexibility to decide how they want to share care for their child in the first year. Shared parental leave is available for parents in respect of children due on or after 5 April 2015.

  • Tape measures - tackling the risk of employee recordings

    Inbrief

    02 March 2016

    Modern technology has made it increasingly easy for employees to make covert recordings in the workplace. This can be done in different contexts and for a variety of reasons, but is rarely something that the employer would want to take place.

  • Trade Mark Watch Services

    Inbrief

    21 February 2016

    There is a temptation for trade mark owners to breathe a sigh of relief as they eventually file their trade mark applications. It is often the culmination of months of work searching for any prior rights and perhaps investigating, negotiating, cancelling or acquiring such rights. It is an end, but only to the beginning of a brand’s lifecycle. Once the application is filed, this is when the brand protection programme begins in earnest.

  • Trade Mark and Design Searches

    Inbrief

    21 February 2016

    Whenever a new launch is proposed, whether it is for a product, brand, business name or an advertising campaign, there is always a risk that someone else is already using an identical or a similar name or design. If so, then that party may be entitled to obtain an immediate injunction from the court to prevent the launch and obtain damages for trade mark, design right or copyright infringement and/or passing off.

  • UK Trade Marks

    Inbrief

    17 February 2016

    A trade mark registration for a business, brand or product name, a logo, slogan or other trade mark provides a business with the most effective form of protection against a competitor making improper use of its trade mark. Whilst a trade mark might be capable of being protected through other areas of the law, such as passing off, copyright or design right, registering a trade mark has a number of important benefits.

  • Community Infrastructure Levy

    Inbrief

    21 August 2015

    The Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) is a discretionary planning charge which was introduced in 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. The charge was introduced to allow local authorities to raise funds from developers undertaking new projects in their area in order to fund specific infrastructure schemes.

  • Social Media and Online Issues - Defamation and Privacy

    Inbrief

    20 July 2015

    Online publishing via social media is now instant, free and easily accessible. Anyone can publish content without much in the way of control or the input of an in-house legal team to veto high risk content. Such freedom and accessibility raises issues for online publishers who face the possibility of claims of defamation and breach of privacy.

  • How to Protect your Format

    Inbrief

    27 April 2015

    This paper is based on that extensive experience, and sets out a number of practical steps that you can take to make the protection of television formats easier for those that have invested substantial time and money in their creation.

  • Jackson Reforms

    Inbrief

    26 May 2014

    Lord Justice Jackson undertook a review of litigation procedure in 2009 with particular emphasis on the concerns expressed by the judiciary and others in relation to the high cost of litigation. This resulted in the publication of two reports (interim and final) in 2009/10, which made numerous recommendations proposing radical changes to litigation procedure. This was set against a background view that the costs of litigation were often the driving factor in many claims and that the courts had not managed claims efficiently or effectively.

  • TRADER ALERT: Consumer Law Changes - Are You Ready for 13 June 2014...?

    Inbrief

    20 May 2014

    If you trade with consumers, you should read on! The (somewhat indelicately named) Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations come into force on 13 June 2014. They implement part of the Consumer Rights Directive and contain important changes.

  • Public Procurement: Overview

    Inbrief

    31 January 2014

    The EU procurement regime, implemented in the UK by the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, applies to contracts let by contracting authorities for works, services and supplies over particular financial thresholds.

  • Public Procurement: Contracts

    Inbrief

    31 January 2014

    In brief, the EU procurement regime, implemented in the UK by the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, applies to contracts for works, services and supplies over particular financial thresholds. If a contract is within its scope, it must be advertised within the EU’s Official Journal, the “OJ”.

  • Public Procurement: Challenges, Time Limits and Consequences

    Inbrief

    30 November 2013

    This guide looks at how a party might challenge a public procurement process, the types of challenge, time limits for bringing challenges and the consequences.

  • Public Procurement: Contracting Authorities as Tenderers

    Inbrief

    25 November 2013

    This guide looks at the issues that arise where a contracting authority is taking part as a tenderer in a procurement process run by another contracting authority.

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