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  • Our latest Brexit update on immigration

    16 November 2017

    The UK Government published a Brexit update with the notion that it would relieve worried EEA nationals in the UK and let everyone see how lovely the UK Government intend to be over the end of free movement. This somewhat backfired when the European Parliament then said the proposal was “inadequate”.

  • Brands and IP newsnotes - issue 6

    13 October 2017

    Welcome to the 6th 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; battlegrounds on Amazon listings, whether prestigious brands can prevent their resellers from selling online, the EU's position paper on IP rights, an quick guide on rights for designs, and trade mark infringements.

  • Brexit: EU position paper on IP rights (Brands & IP Newsnotes - issue 6)

    13 October 2017

    On 6 September 2017 the European Commission published its wish list for how it hoped IP rights would be treated by the EU and the UK after Brexit. Five general recommendations were made, as follows:

  • International data transfers - are model clauses now under threat?

    05 October 2017

    Many of you will remember Max Schrems, the Austrian law student who in 2015 successfully brought a case to the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) that resulted in the “safe harbor” - the agreement that allowed the transfer of EU citizens’ data to the US - being declared invalid.

  • Brexit: from a slow drip to a full-on leak

    27 September 2017

    On 5 September 2017, the Home Office Post-Brexit Immigration Document was leaked to the public. The document – the exact publication date of which we do not know – provides a screenshot of government policy towards EU nationals and their non-EU family members. The document talks about how those individuals will be affected at three separate stages: (1) those in the UK ‘before exit’, (2) those who come to the UK during the ‘implementation phase’, and (3) those who arrive ‘after the implementation period’.

  • Amendments to rules on bringing family members to the UK: Have the Government gone far enough?

    22 August 2017

    On 10 August 2017 changes to the immigration rules came into force which will have wide implications for British citizens wanting to bring family members to join them in the UK.

  • Your employees and Brexit: the situation so far

    14 August 2017

    With the Government’s announcement in June of its plan for EU migrants following Brexit, many UK employers are struggling to understand the potential effects of its proposal on employees who are EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Peering over the Brexit cliff edge: The Government’s plans for EU nationals in the UK

    27 June 2017

    The Government has announced its long overdue plan for the future of EU nationals and their family members, who have been anxiously waiting for clarity since the referendum result a year ago.

  • What are the options for the UK and EU to reach a compromise over free movement and access to the single market?

    23 June 2017

    Theresa May’s ill-fated snap election seems to have transformed the UK’s national zeitgeist, not least in the public narrative over Brexit.

  • What did the Queen’s Speech have to say about employment law?

    22 June 2017

    Employment issues were quite prominent in the Conservative election manifesto, with Theresa May making the bold assertion that she was promising “the greatest expansion in workers’ rights by any Conservative government in history”. In the event, the political reality of minority government and the exigencies of legislating for Brexit have inevitably resulted in a rather more modest reform agenda.

  • What might the election result mean for employment law?

    09 June 2017

    A handful of results remain outstanding at the time of writing, but it seems that the general election is going to end in a hung Parliament with the Conservative Party not having won quite enough seats to have an outright majority.

  • Brexit is coming for your workers, industry by industry

    26 May 2017

    Brexit means Brexit the saying goes. The UK’s divorce from the EU, and subsequently reviewed immigration system, is a key general election issue.

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