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  • Ask About … Retail Fashion & Hospitality

    19 July 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 Poppy and Naomi...

  • Heat Network Regulations – Data Centres

    17 July 2017

    The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 (the “Regulations”) were introduced as part of the continued drive for better energy efficiency (and reduced emissions) around the European Union.

  • Squeezed out of validity and into the jurisdiction

    13 July 2017

    UCB licensed Chugai rights to its tocilizumab patents. The licence contained an exclusive jurisdiction clause in favour of the English courts. Only one US patent remained in force. Chugai wanted a declaration that its tocilizumab products (sold only in the US) fell outside of the scope of the last patent and accordingly no royalty payments were due under the licence.

  • Supreme Court upholds right to equal pension for same-sex partner

    13 July 2017

    The Supreme Court (“SC”) has made an important ruling in a case brought by a gay man seeking to establish that, if he died, his husband should be entitled to the same survivor’s pension as a wife in a heterosexual marriage would receive. The Court ruled that an exemption in the Equality Act 2010 (“EqA”), allowing employers to exclude civil partners from pension benefits accruing before December 2005, was incompatible with EU law and should be disapplied.

  • Whistleblowing public interest test considered by Court of Appeal

    13 July 2017

    The Court of Appeal (“CA”) has considered the meaning of the “public interest” in whistleblowing cases. Disclosures which only affect a group of individuals within one employer can be in the public interest, but in most cases additional factors will also be needed.

  • Sandoz & Hexal v Searle & Janssen Sciences Ireland: What is the formula for patent extensions?

    13 July 2017

    The UK High Court has held that a pharmaceutical product claimed only within a Markush formula and not expressly referred to in the patent was protected by the patent for the purposes of obtaining a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC).

  • UPC – UK moves forward whilst Germany stalls

    13 July 2017

    The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is intended to provide a regional forum resolve patent disputes. UPC decisions will have effect in all 25 states participating in the UPC, providing a single forum to resolve disputes.

  • People with Significant Control - AIM Companies brought within the PSC regime

    12 July 2017

    UK companies listed on AIM were previously exempt from the obligation to keep a register of people with significant control (PSCs), but recent changes mean they will have to have a register from 24 July 2017 onwards.

  • It’s not just about Getting(G) Data(D) Protection(P) Ready(R): some digital businesses and infrastructure providers shouldn’t forget to be ‘NIS’

    11 July 2017

    May 2018 is a month which will already be highlighted in the calendars of those responsible for their organisations’ compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s now under a year away. But for some digital businesses and infrastructure providers, when it comes to security risk management and reporting obligations, the GDPR isn’t the whole story.

  • The future of employment law – Taylor-ed to fit?

    11 July 2017

    The Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy, commissioned by the prime minister last October and chaired by Matthew Taylor, has produced its long awaited report.

  • Agile working – the legal alarm bells that should be ringing

    11 July 2017

    The days of a stuffy office environment are gradually becoming a thing of the past. Over the years a move has been made away from cellular offices to the more popular open plan set up – however for many companies, especially those in creative industries, open plan offices are no longer enough. This is a key issue for tenants in office premises as they consider what to do with the space they are in.

  • The ICO cracking down on the use of personal data to promote online gambling

    10 July 2017

    The ICO has learned that there has been a "large numbers of spam texts linked to the gambling sector", and is therefore clamping down on how companies/affiliates use personal data to promote online gambling.

  • Real Estate update 2017

    10 July 2017

    Welcome to our July 2017 Real Estate Update, which brings you the latest news and most interesting developments affecting corporate occupiers, landlords, developers and investors across the industry. We’ve included some topical articles, updates on recent cases and some horizon gazing on the impact of upcoming legislation. We have also included some of our recent press coverage and new and updated client guides

  • The Gambling Commission serve some stark warnings to operators

    10 July 2017

    The Gambling Commission has slapped its first advertising-related fine against an online gambling operator for advertising that was deemed to fall foul of social responsibility rules and come to a settlement with another operator.

  • The CMA’s fight with online gambling companies

    10 July 2017

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is upping the ante against online gambling companies by increasing its enforcement action against those suspected of breaching consumer law. The CMA believes that often customers are not getting the deal they expected when signing up, due to misleading promotions and unfair terms within the promotion.

  • Lewis Silkin attends The Law Society LGBT roundtable: Out in the open

    10 July 2017

    Geraint Lloyd-Taylor has recently attended a discussion on diversity and equality in the legal profession, hosted by The Law Society.

  • Dr Nathalie Moreno speaking at the IT Law Summer School at Cambridge University

    10 July 2017

    Dr. Nathalie Moreno will be speaking at the IT Law Summer School 2017, hosted by Cambridge University on the 3 August 2017. Nathalie will be speaking on the topic of 'Cybersecurity and breach under the GDPR'.

  • Digital Economy Act 2017 - the new Electronic Communications Code

    07 July 2017

    The Code was first introduced in 1984. It was then called the Telecommunications Code, and addressed the installation of landline equipment. Revisions in 2003 extended the scope to incorporate digital technology, but problems with the amended Code soon emerged.

  • Rates debate - Re-development or disrepair?

    07 July 2017

    Business rates have been big news recently following the Government’s controversial revaluation which took effect from 1 April 2017. Against the backdrop of all this negativity, the Supreme Court decision of Newbigin (Valuation Officer) v S J & J Monk [2017] at least provided some positive news for those carrying out developments or refurbishments of property.

  • Tenants still can’t assign to their guarantors

    07 July 2017

    There are often very good reasons why a lease would be assigned to a guarantor (e.g. corporate restructuring or the tenant’s insolvency). However, a case in 2016 - EMI Group Ltd v O & H Q1 Ltd - decided that such an assignment would be void at law, even if all parties agreed to it.

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