November 2017 Archive

Chancellor announces changes to stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers but with no changes for the rest of the market

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As had been hinted at over the weekend, in today's Autumn Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") to assist first time buyers to be known as "Discount Relief". More …

Consultation on 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice for service charges in commercial property

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On 25 October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) issued a consultation on the 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice: Service charges in commercial property. More …

Sleep-in shifts and the national minimum wage

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Whether or not to pay staff in relation to sleep-in shifts is not always straightforward and establishing whether someone is working or not is crucial. Rebecca Ireland and Madeleine Mould explains the law around this complex area. More …

What you need to consider when taking on fixed-term Christmas staff

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Charlotte Marshall, a solicitor in our Employment law team, considers what employers need to take into account when taking on such staff, as opposed to permanent employees. More …

Debate: "Identifying barriers to R&D collaboration"

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Blake Morgan jointly with The CBI recently hosted a business roundtable which focussed on Business Innovation and R&D Investment in the UK. More …

One Central Square named best commercial property in the UK

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One Central Square, home to Blake Morgan's Cardiff office, has been named the best commercial scheme in the UK. More …

Breach of jurisdiction clause – High Court protects company and affiliate by way of anti-suit injunction

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A High Court decision highlights how Courts may construe parties' intentions when interpreting jurisdiction clauses in contracts, as well as the protection that can be afforded by way of anti-suit injunctions.Ben Clark explains the impact this will have. More …

Adidas opposes ELEAGUE trademark due to the use of three stripes

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Adidas has filed a claim at the United States Patent and Trademark Office to oppose a trademark application submitted by ELEAGUE. Our expert explains what has happened in the case so far. More …