Manufacturing & Engineering
For organisations in the manufacturing and engineering arena, even seemingly simple products and projects have vastly complex operations behind them.
Safeguarding IP in pioneering manufacturing processes or software engineering systems is vital to secure and build market share. Supply chains must be well-managed both upstream and downstream to drive efficiency and reduce risk. Outsourcing arrangements and sub-contractor relationships must enhance rather than undermine operational delivery. And mobilising and retaining staff with the right skills and talent holds the keys to unlocking growth and innovation.
We are renowned as the go-to law firm for creators, makers and innovators – the kinds of dynamic businesses like yours which need access to insightful and forward-looking legal advice if they are to make the most of the opportunities in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Our lawyers understand the need to make the complex simple, supporting both leading names and niche businesses from food & beverage to consumer goods, healthcare to construction, and automotive to software for all their legal requirements from the running of their day-to-day business to major strategic transactions.
CMA offers cash for whistleblowers20 March 2017
Test for ‘old-style’ transfer of economic entity requires multifactorial approach08 March 2017
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has ruled that an employment tribunal, in finding that the termination of a franchise agreement gave rise to a relevant transfer under TUPE, made the mistake of focusing on one particular factor and failing to adopt a multifactorial approach assessing all the relevant circumstances.
Gender pay gap reporting02 March 2017
The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (the “Regulations”) require employers to report on the gender pay gap in their organisation.
Equal Pay02 March 2017
Equal pay law first developed in the UK in the 1970s after a campaign by trade unions and women’s groups. It is now a basic principle of European law that men and women who do equal work should receive equal pay. This principle is implemented in the UK today through the Equality Act 2010.
Pimlico Plumbers are workers not self-employed14 February 2017
In the latest development in a series of cases on employment status, the Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by Pimlico Plumbers and found that a “self-employed” plumber should have been classed a worker.
Will you pass the red face test? Naming and shaming of late payers arrives in April 201702 February 2017
From 6 April this year, it is expected that all large UK companies (and limited liability partnerships) will come under a new regime which requires them to publish, on a Government website, detailed reports on their supplier payment policies and practices. The proposed Regulations are designed to create public transparency of large businesses’ payment policies and practices, primarily for the benefit of small and medium-sized suppliers.
There's something under my bed...19 January 2017
Three companies that supply drawer parts to bed and other furniture retailers have admitted breaching competition law by sharing commercially sensitive information, agreeing not to undercut each other and sharing out their customers. One of the companies avoided paying a fine under the CMA’s leniency policy, but the other two companies have agreed to pay fines totalling £2.8 million.
Newsflash: Water tank manufacturers fined for breaching competition law19 December 2016
The UK Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has today issued a decision against a number of suppliers of water tanks used in sprinkler systems, finding that the suppliers had infringed competition law by (among other things) agreeing to fix prices, rigging tender bids as well as sharing commercially sensitive information.