September 2015 Archive

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEE) - Consent to Act

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On 10 October 2015 new legislation will come into force which replaces the consent to act procedure for director appointments. More …

Discrimination by association update

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It was back in 2006 that the Employment Tribunal considered the issue of disability discrimination by association in the case of Coleman v Attridge Law. More …

Communication is the biggest challenge when dealing with mental health absences

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According to the 2014 CIPD Absence Management Survey, 43% of organisations reported an increase in mental health problems with anxiety and depression the most common cause. More …

Autumn 2015 employment law changes

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A number of employment law changes come into force on 1 October, and we also take a look at some recently in force. More …

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 – all change for consumer contracts for goods, digital content, services and unfair terms

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The Consumer Rights Act 2015 is the most important piece of consumer law since the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977. It comes into force on 1 October 2015. More …

No more Happy Returns for Warner Chappel Music when we sing Happy Birthday…

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Two years on from the start of a class action in relation to the famous Happy Birthday song, the US District Judge George King has ruled that Warner Chappell Music do not have a valid copyright attached to the "Happy Birthday" song lyrics. More …

Procurement case law update: Woods Building Services v Milton Keynes Council

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This case is one of the first to look in detail at allegations of errors in the evaluation of tenders undertaken by a contracting authority. More …

Have a Break- have a non-distinctive four fingered chocolate bar!

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For years now, Nestle has been trying to register the shape of its four finger KitKat as a trademark in the UK. Nestle has applied to register the three dimensional trade mark in the UK in respect of goods in class 30, unsuccessfully. More …

Last chance saloon for the "technical delay" defence

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Van der lans v. KLM – Decision of the European Court More …

Blake Morgan crowned Business Netball Champions

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The team of solicitors and support staff became crowning champions, only losing points in a draw against fellow solicitors Irwin Mitchell. The charity tournament saw 10 local businesses and organisations play against each other, all in the name of fun. More …