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  • New protections for workers on zero-hours contracts

    17 November 2015

    Earlier this year, we reported on the Government’s ban on the use of exclusivity clauses in “zero-hours contracts”. The ban, which came into force in May, renders unenforceable a contractual provision which prohibits an individual working under a zero-hours contract from working elsewhere. The Government has recently proposed new legislation designed to add teeth to the ban, giving employees and workers the right to bring a tribunal claim if they are penalised for working elsewhere.

  • Access to justice: IPEC 1 - MoJ 0 (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    Conducting litigation in a cost effective and proportionate manner can be a challenge, especially if it involves big brand owners going toe to toe. But help is at hand in the form of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (‘IPEC’).

  • It never rains, but it pours…(Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    Registered designs are used to protect the appearance of products. In considering whether to allow registration, several factors come into play: what else is already out there (the ‘prior art’); who will use it (the ‘informed user’); and what ‘degree of freedom’ does the designer have in arriving at the particular design?

  • EU trade mark reforms come closer (Brands & IP newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    Seven years after the European Commission started its evaluation of the European trade marks framework, the texts of the new proposed legislation were finally published in June 2015.

  • What’s New Copycat? (Brands & IP newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    Last year, consumer group Which? carried out a comprehensive survey of the copycat product packaging market in the UK. It found that over 150 of retailers’ own-label products “mimicked” the market-leading brand-owner’s packaging.

  • When “logos” turn into “no-goes” (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    As we move even deeper into an age of digital advertising and social media, it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to have a short hand for their brand; something which denotes the business, stands out as a guarantee of origin and makes the brand instantly recognisable. We’re talking about logos.

  • A copyright work in 140 characters? (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    It isn’t easy to keep your social media followers entertained with rafts of enthralling and hilarious new material.

  • Not so-far, Sofa Workshop (Brands & IP newsnotes - issue 3)

    27 September 2015

    If a trade mark proprietor does not make ‘genuine use’ of its marks, they may be vulnerable to attack from third parties.

  • You’re cabbing a laugh (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 1)

    27 September 2015

    The High Court has refused an application by the manufacturer of the iconic London black cab (“LTC”) for permission to adduce survey evidence in a claim for passing off.

  • A glitch in time – European Court rules on travelling as ‘working time’

    11 September 2015

    The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has ruled that, for workers with no fixed or habitual place of work, travelling time to and from the first and last customer appointments of the day should count as “working time” for the purposes of the EU Working Time Directive (“WTD”).

  • Remuneration in financial services - new rules on deferral and clawback

    29 June 2015

    New rules on deferral and clawback of variable remuneration are set out in a joint policy statement issued by the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) and the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”). They will apply to variable remuneration awarded for performance periods beginning on or after 1 January 2016.

  • Zero-hours contracts – exclusivity ban now in force

    27 May 2015

    The new government has finally implemented the long-heralded ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. This has been a hot topic for many months, with all of the major political parties including plans to tackle the widespread use of such contracts in their election manifestos.

  • Africa's 'explosive growth' in adspend

    11 May 2015

    Following their attendance at last month's IAA 'Africa Rising' conference in Ghana, Boko Inyundo and Paul Rajput's article on why and how big brands are taking the continent seriously, has been featured by leading advertising industry magazine, Campaign.

  • Lewis Silkin advises Publicis Worldwide on acquisition of shopper marketing agency, Vivid Brand

    06 May 2015

    Lewis Silkin has advised Publicis Groupe's agency network Publicis Worldwide, one of the leading global creative agency networks, on its acquisition of shopper marketing agency, Vivid Brand, adding to its portfolio of agencies within the Publicis Worldwide network in the UK.

  • Résolutions spéciales requises par le Companies Act 2006

    20 April 2015

    Les décisions ci-dessous ne peuvent être passées que par les actionnaires détenant au moins 75% des droits de vote.

  • Matthew Rowbotham promoted to partner at Lewis Silkin

    01 April 2015

    Lewis Silkin LLP ( today announced that Matthew Rowbotham, a senior associate in the Corporate team, has been promoted to the firm’s partnership, effective 1 April. His addition brings the total number of partners at the firm to 61.

  • Les statuts d une societe anglais

    26 March 2015

    Que vous soyez dirigeant français d’une société anglaise à responsabilité limitée (« limited ») récemment achetée, investisseur intéressé par une prise de participation majoritaire dans une limited ou tout simplement une société française actionnaire majoritaire d’une limited, cet article est fait pour vous ! Il vous permettra de comprendre comment fonctionnent les statuts ou « articles of association » d’une limited, comment les lire et les écueils à éviter…

  • Zero-hours contracts – tackling avoidance

    19 March 2015

    Over the past year, zero-hours contracts have never been far from the headlines and, in the run up to the general election, it seems this issue will continue to be a hot political topic.

  • Remembering James Levy

    23 June 2014

    It is with extreme sadness that Lewis Silkin announces the passing of colleague and friend James Levy. James was an excellent lawyer who gave enormous service to the firm since first joining Lewis Silkin in 1994.

  • Will British Gas ECJ ruling fuel holiday pay hike?

    29 May 2014

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently ruled that the EU law requires a worker’s statutory holiday pay to take commission payments into account: it should not be based solely on basic salary

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