December 2013 Archive

How does the law define e-books?

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There are a variety of e-book types – the classic format being a digital version of the printed text and illustrations (if any) with very limited interactivity (limited to a table of contents, search facility and ability to add notes). More …

Court of Appeal flexes it’s muscles in key costs budgeting case

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The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal against the decision of Master McLeod to allow only Court fees following the Claimant's Solicitors' failure to file a costs budget within 7 days of the first CMC in the eagerly awaited case of Mitchell v Newsgroup Newspapers. More …

Compensation for construction workers

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On 18 November 2013, the Financial Times reported that over 3,000 workers named on a secret construction industry ‘blacklist’ could receive compensation of up to £100,000 each under a Construction Workers Compensation Scheme. More …

Christmas dos and don'ts

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Much of the headache for those with responsibility for HR at Christmas revolves around one event: the office Christmas party. More …

Disability discrimination: Employee's failure to provide medical information

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Can an employer reasonably be expected to know that an employee who claims to be "bipolar" is disabled, if the employee thwarts a definitive diagnosis? More …

The changing family law landscape

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Public funding (legal aid) is generally no longer available for court proceedings to settle disagreements about arrangements for children or to sort out the division of financial assets. More …

Planning ahead in relation to your health and welfare

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As people are living longer there is a growing awareness of the issues and dilemmas that can face individuals in later life or those close to them. More …

Giving to Charity - the 36% Inheritance Tax rate

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Many people choose to make a gift to a favoured charity during their lifetime or in their Will and, under current legislation, those gifts are exempt from inheritance tax provided they are made to qualifying charitable bodies. More …

Who's IP is it anyway...?

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The case of Coward v Phaestos Ltd and others highlights the risks that organisations run by failing to clearly establish ownership of both original and subsequent developments of intellectual property rights. Our expert explains. More …

Fair Deal guidance – New and improved?

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On 4 October 2013 HM Treasury published new guidance in relation to treatment of pension entitlements for staff who are transferred out of the public sector as part of the outsourcing of public services (known as "Fair Deal"). More …