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  • Irish abortion referendum produces toxic mix of politics and advertising

    23 May 2018

    On a recent trip to Dublin, what struck me most, was the sight of lampposts festooned with 2 or even 3 separate, competing ads 'for' and 'against' the repeal of the 8th Amendment of the Irish constitution, which bans abortion. The referendum on its repeal takes place this Friday (25th May) while the rest of the EU frets about GDPR implementation.

  • Fusions-Acquisitions de sociétés britanniques en 2017: quels enseignements pour les sociétés françaises?

    04 May 2018

    Selon l’Office for National Statistics, équivalent britannique de l’INSEE, le nombre d’acquisitions de sociétés britanniques reste élevé en 2017 au Royaume Uni en dépit – ou peut-être en raison - des incertitudes causées par le Brexit. La tendance est à la hausse.

  • Brands and IP newsnotes - issue 7

    23 April 2018

    Welcome to the 7th edition of our Brands & IP newsnotes put together to bring you the latest, and most interesting legal developments affecting intellectual property law. In this issue we cover; Nando’s taking legal action against ‘copycat’ restaurant, Fernando’s, Sky v SkyKick referred to CJEU, Brexit & IP, IP & trading names, luxury brand owners rights to prohibit reselling of their products through some internet platforms and Time’s up for Smartwatch appeal.

  • Brexit means BrexIP? (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 7)

    23 April 2018

    Struggling to keep up with Brexit? IP Newsnotes brings you the latest on the negotiations as they impact IP.

  • The half way point to Brexit: 12 months down, 12 months to go

    29 March 2018

    Today marks the one year anniversary since Article 50 was triggered on 29 March 2017. The last 12 months have seen a number of key developments. Following the end of the first stage of negotiations in Brussels, there is now an agreement in place for the rights of EU nationals and their family members living in the UK. Last week saw the announcement that the UK and EU have finally agreed a deal on the transition period.

  • Return of the MAC – Business makes the case for EEA migration

    28 March 2018

    There are clear signs that the government is prepared to listen to concerns from business about the impact of restricting EEA migration.

  • Latest Developments in the European Commission’s Draft Withdrawal Agreement – Trade Marks and Designs

    22 March 2018

    Since the Brexit result was first announced, there has been great deal of uncertainty for the UK (and wider EU) regarding the continuity of laws, policies, regulations and practices in relation to various facets of daily life. One of the major areas of uncertainty has been the continued protection to owners of EU registered Trade Marks and Designs.

  • Brexit priorities for HR with a year to go

    21 March 2018

    The United Kingdom will leave the European Union in just over a year’s time on 29 March 2019, in the absence of an agreement to defer the separation. It seems probable there will be a 21-month transitional period, during which EU laws will continue to apply and business will have time to adapt to a post-Brexit world.

  • Brexit: plus ça change…..

    20 March 2018

    Enfin une bonne nouvelle pour les entreprises dans le contexte déprimant du Brexit. Le Royaume Uni et l’Union Européenne ont (presque) finalisé les termes de l’accord de divorce et auraient trouvé un accord sur les termes d’une période de transition.

  • Michael Burd is quoted in The Law Society Gazette: Exit Wounds

    19 March 2018

    Michael Burd is quoted in the write up of the latest Gazette roundtable held last week.

  • Brexit and immigration – key steps to help you and your EU workforce prepare

    16 March 2018

    From late 2018, EU nationals already in the UK will have to register and apply for settled status if they have been in the UK for five years. The Government also intends to end free movement of workers from the EU by 2021. Are you and your workforce ready for these changes?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Disclosure in English litigation: a sea change is coming

    09 January 2018

    English rules on disclosure (‘discovery’ in many jurisdictions) are set for a major overhaul. Draft rules were published in November 2017. Once approved by the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, the resulting draft is intended to be introduced as part of a pilot scheme lasting 2 years, potentially beginning in April 2018 and running in the Business and Property Courts. This will cover virtually all High Court litigation. It will not be optional.

  • Brexit Flowchart

    08 January 2018

    In a major speech on 17 January 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May set out the Government's key negotiating objectives for exiting the European Union. But what Brexit might look like (and how we actually get there) remains far from clear, with considerable uncertainty about what the UK's relationship with the EU will be like afterwards.

  • The year in employment law

    08 January 2018

    The UK’s political landscape continues to be dominated by the shock 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union. Following a surprise General Election in June 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May unexpectedly lost her parliamentary majority amid deep divisions about how the UK should “Brexit”. Against that backdrop, the Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU began in 2017 and will continue into 2018. This has meant that, as with many other areas, employment policy reform has taken something of a backseat. Nevertheless, employment law continues to change at pace.

  • The Art of the Brexit Deal

    11 December 2017

    On Friday the UK Government and the European Commission issued a joint report on the rights of EU citizens and their family members in the UK following the conclusion of the first stage of Brexit negotiations.

  • Workers denied paid holiday can carry over rights until termination

    30 November 2017

    The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has ruled that where workers are not granted paid annual leave to which they are entitled under the EU Working Time Directive (“WTD”), they must be able to carry over and accumulate those holiday rights from year to year and be compensated for them on termination of employment

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