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  • 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

  • Immigration in the tech industry - by any measure; a positive immigration story

    29 November 2017

    Representatives from some of the leading companies across the industry joined forces to host a Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) roundtable on 13 September, coordinated by Lewis Silkin and techUK.

  • 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’.

  • European Works Councils under Irish Law

    01 September 2017

    European Works Councils are the only legally-mandated bodies for transnational information and consultation with employees in the world.

  • European Works Councils under Irish Law

    30 August 2017

    European Works Councils are the only legally-mandated bodies for transnational information and consultation with employees in the world.

  • 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.

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