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  • Joanna Hunt writes for HR Magazine: EU nationals in the UK: Brexit and beyond

    02 August 2017

    Joanna Hunt has written an article for HR Magazine as the government announces its long overdue plan for EU nationals and their family members.

  • Beating the Brexit deadlock: squaring free trade with immigration controls

    01 August 2017

    James Davies and Natasha Hotson have written an article for International Law Office which discusses the UK's position on immigration controls in current Brexit negotiations and possible framework options to maintain free movement of persons.

  • Defences to infringement in the EU trademark reforms: a mixed bag

    01 August 2017

    Simon Chapman and Oliver Fairhurst have written an article for World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) which discusses how the EU trademark reforms have provided a mixed bag for right owners.

  • CDM 2015: Who is the Principal Designer?

    01 August 2017

    By now, everyone is familiar with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (“Regulations”). However, there still seems to be confusion as to who should fulfil the role of the Principal Designer (“PD”).

  • Supporting employees through Brexit

    01 August 2017

    Many UK employers are struggling to understand the potential effects of Brexit on employees who are EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals.

  • Call for the Big Brexit MAC report… finally

    28 July 2017

    The Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) have now been commissioned to produce evidence that will inform a new immigration system post-Brexit.

  • Tech solution providers Getting Data Protection Ready

    27 July 2017

    The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), takes effect from 25 May 2018, and brings about important privacy changes that will impact most businesses, particularly providers of technology, telecoms and data related platforms, solutions and services.

  • Employment Tribunal fees ruled unlawful by Supreme Court

    26 July 2017

    The Supreme Court (“SC”) has unanimously ruled that the legislation requiring fees to be paid for bringing Employment Tribunal (“ET”) claims is unlawful and should be quashed. In one of the most remarkable employment law judgments of recent times, the SC held that ET fees interfere unjustifiably with the right of access to justice and discriminate unlawfully against women.

  • FCA launches consultation on the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime

    26 July 2017

    On 26 July 2017, the FCA outlined its proposals for the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime. The FCA intends that these rules, which came into force on 7 March 2016, be extended to all sectors within the financial services industry and that they will essentially replace the Approved Persons Regime. Though an implementation date will be set by the Treasury, the FCA expects this to be from 2018.

  • European Medicines Agency produces Q&A document on impact of Brexit for MA holders

    24 July 2017

    As the UK prepares to leave the EU, the holders of marketing authorisations for human or veterinary centrally approved need to ensure that that they take appropriate steps to ensure that they comply with the establishment requirements in the EU/EEA.

  • 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.

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