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  • Directors held to be trustees of company property

    08 March 2018

    The Supreme Court has held that directors should be treated as being in possession of company property from the time of their appointment because, as fiduciary stewards they are trustees of trust property within the meaning of section 21(1)(b) of the Limitation Act 1890 (“the Act”).

  • ‘Right-sourcing’ – a crucial competency for in-house lawyers

    08 March 2018

    Good resource management is an essential skill for in-house employment lawyers. To manage my workload effectively and make efficient use of the company’s resources, I am constantly required to assess whether work is best carried out in house or outsourced.

  • When the clock strikes midnight there is no more time to go to court!

    08 March 2018

    In Matthew & Ors v Sedman & Ors [2017] EWHC 3527 (Ch) the court has had to decide when the limitation period ends on a claim where the cause of action arose on the stroke of midnight.

  • This is my advice. By the way, it might be wrong!

    05 March 2018

    When do solicitors have to warn their client that the advice they are giving may turn out to be incorrect? The Court of Appeal has recently considered this issue.

  • Remix to Transition

    02 March 2018

    This week the government released a new proposal on EU citizens arriving in the UK during the Brexit 'transition period', which is set to run for about two years after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

  • Ask About… Retail, Fashion and Hospitality

    27 February 2018

    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 Tom...

  • The road to nowhere: Brexit and labour shortages

    26 February 2018

    In an opinion piece in the Guardian by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Director General Adam Marshall warns of an imminent recruitment crisis.

  • Calling time on workplace sexual harassment?

    23 February 2018

    A full inquiry into workplace sexual harassment has been announced by the Women and Equalities Committee. The aim of this Government inquiry is to uncover the true scale of the problem and consider what action employers and the Government can take to address it.

  • Keeping the luxury in brands?

    22 February 2018

    In Coty v Parfumerie Akzente (Case C-230/16) the CJEU has stated that luxury brand owners, can, in certain circumstances prohibit reselling of their products through some internet platforms

  • ‘Living in the dark ages’ - pregnancy and maternity discrimination at interview

    21 February 2018

    Fresh out of my first year at university and applying for a summer job at a pub, I was slightly taken aback when the interviewer asked whether I had children, in a tone that implied “no” was the right answer… Back then, with no children, I simply answered the question - but it made me wonder.

  • Update on the new tax rules for payments in lieu of notice

    16 February 2018

    New tax rules will mean that income tax and national insurance contributions (“NICs”) must be paid on all payments in lieu of notice (“PILONs”) with effect from 6 April 2018.

  • Five in 5

    12 February 2018

    Getting immigration compliance right is a common worry for employers in the UK.

  • When to pay interns?

    09 February 2018

    Media outlets have reported that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has initiated a crackdown on unpaid internships, including sending letters warning that “workers” must be paid the national minimum wage and setting up teams to tackle the problem.

  • The Government’s response to the Taylor review – a damp squib?

    08 February 2018

    The Government has published its Good Work Plan in response to Matthew Taylor’s review of modern working practices. While the response sets out the Government’s intention to take forward nearly all of the review’s recommendations, there are very few specific proposals and much of the detail will be the subject of further consultation.

  • Making a termination payment after 5 April 2018? Read this!

    07 February 2018

    Income tax and national insurance contributions (“NICs”) must be paid on all payments in lieu of notice (“PILONs”) with effect from 6 April 2018.

  • Creating a lasting change - an open letter

    01 February 2018

    2017 was the year women’s workplace issues dominated the public conversation.

  • China's new "R Visa" for high-level talent

    01 February 2018

    Effective from January 2018, the new “R visa” now allows successful applicants multiple stays in China of up to 180 days per visit, with a validity of up to 10 years.

  • Further clarity on relevance of TUPE following a share sale

    31 January 2018

    How relevant is TUPE in the context of a share sale? A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) provides a reminder that TUPE can easily come into play when a buyer is considering what to do with its newly acquired subsidiary. In this case, the buyer’s actions led to an unexpected TUPE transfer and a £3.5 million bill.

  • When does service provision change amount to transfer of an economic entity?

    31 January 2018

    The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) was recently required to consider whether the award of a service contract to a replacement contractor in Portugal amounted to the transfer of an economic entity under the EU Acquired Rights Directive (“ARD”). Portugal has no equivalent legislation to the UK’s service provision change (“SPC”) rules

  • TUPE and offshoring

    30 January 2018

    In a recent case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) was asked to consider the application of TUPE in the context of an offshoring of services and whether a transferring employee was entitled to protection of his salary terms if he relocated to the new place of operations in the transferee’s home jurisdiction.

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