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  • Rogue employees and no-fault liability

    14 December 2017

    A recent High Court judgment has illustrated how employers can potentially be held liable for wrongful disclosure of personal data by their employees.

  • Avoiding the Hedonic Treadmill: designing a sustainable employee engagement strategy

    14 December 2017

    The concept of the “Hedonic Treadmill” is well established amongst psychologists, but what lessons can HR draw from it in relation to improving employee engagement and productivity?

  • Changes to Immigration Rules

    12 December 2017

    In UK immigration law circles, we have grown used to a statement of changes, announcing significant alteration of the existing laws, at least three times a year. Usually, the end of year change occurs in November but this year the announcement is unsurprisingly later than usual and less eventful. Presumably because the Government have found themselves a little busy the last few months...

  • Use of disclosed documents to threaten new proceedings was a breach of court rules and may amount to a contempt of court by the solicitor and client

    12 December 2017

    The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) provide that using documents disclosed in existing proceedings (except for the specific purposes allowed) breach the rules. CPR 31.22 provides various exceptions to when a document disclosed in a set of proceedings may be used. Any use outside of the rules could also amount to a contempt of court. Both the client who relied on the solicitor’s advice and the solicitor may be equally vulnerable to the contempt proceedings where there is no evidence of deliberate or reckless misconduct by the solicitor.

  • Enforcing arbitral awards in England & Wales

    12 December 2017

    Where a party has obtained a favourable arbitration award in a jurisdiction other than England and Wales and the respondent to those arbitration proceedings has assets in this jurisdiction, the successful party may wish to enforce the arbitration award here. This guide will consider the steps that the successful party must take in order to be able to do so.

  • Ask About... Retail, Fashion & Hospitality

    12 December 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 Laura...

  • 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.

  • Top 5 tips for protecting trade secrets

    08 December 2017

    With the new EU Trade Secrets Directive coming into force in June 2018, we have compiled a list of the top 5 tips for protecting trade secrets.

  • Chaos at the Christmas party - how to avoid an HR headache

    08 December 2017

    The festive season is almost upon us, bringing with it the long-awaited office Christmas party - a chance for colleagues to let their hair down and enjoy themselves in a relaxed setting.

  • The legal sector and #metoo – clarification from the Law Society

    07 December 2017

    The Law Society has provided some important clarification in relation to the recent joint statement made by its presidents on sexual harassment in the legal profession.

  • Morrisons held vicariously liable for employee data leak

    04 December 2017

    The High Court has found Morrisons to be vicariously liable for the actions of a rogue employee who intentionally disclosed the personal details of over 100,000 staff at Morrisons. The judgment will be of interest to data controllers and to customers and employees whose personal data is compromised by data breaches. It is the first group litigation in respect of a data breach to be decided by the English courts.

  • 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

  • The legal sector and #metoo

    29 November 2017

    Sexual harassment is clearly big news at the moment. Not, of course, because it is a new phenomenon, but because it seems that the allegations swirling around numerous big Hollywood names have opened the floodgates and made it OK to say #metoo.

  • 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.

  • Tax on termination - employer NICs charges delayed

    23 November 2017

    Some good news for employers was confirmed in the Chancellor’s autumn Budget.

  • Employment status review announced in response to Taylor report

    23 November 2017

    In the autumn Budget, the Government has indicated for the first time how it intends to respond to the recommendations made by Matthew Taylor in his review of modern working practices.

  • Extending ‘off-payroll’ worker reforms to the private sector

    23 November 2017

    The Chancellor announced in the autumn Budget that there will be a consultation in 2018 to tackle non-compliance with IR35 rules in the private sector.

  • The Damp Squid Budget?

    22 November 2017

    Yes, yes, I know the phrase is “damp squib”. Call it pedant bait if you like. And the Chancellor (like everyone else) seems to be Blue Planet crazy, so you may detect a salty theme in this Budget update. Anyway, let’s dive into the icy waters of the latest Budget and see what monsters lurk beneath.

  • Trade Mark Classification

    21 November 2017

    For trade mark classification purposes, all possible goods and services are sub-divided into the 45 “classes” listed below. The descriptions give a broad indication as to the types of goods and services covered by each class.

  • Trade Mark Management

    21 November 2017

    The IP, brand, trade mark and portfolio management team at Lewis Silkin comprises more than 50 lawyers and trade mark attorneys along with specialist support personnel.

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