January 2018 Archive

Suspicious sales, secret surveillance and the Spanish supermarket

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Video surveillance at work is a considerable intrusion into private life and it is important to weigh up the right to privacy as provided for by article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights against the need for the surveillance. As a recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights illustrates, a fair balance has to be struck. More …

UK patent fees set to increase from April this year

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After consulting on changes to patent fees last year, the UK's Intellectual Property Office ('the IPO') has now confirmed that UK patent fees will increase as of 6 April 2018... More …

Enforcing gender pay gap reporting?

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With less than 3 months to go until larger employers must publish their gender pay gap, Kevin Lau, a senior solicitor in the employment team at Blake Morgan LLP looks at the latest developments and what employers and HR professionals need to know. More …

Non-compete clause unenforceable as it included a restriction on holding a minor shareholding in a competing business

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Restrictive covenants are a useful tool for employers to protect their competitive edge and to reduce the risk of 'star employees' leaving to join competitors.However, failure to draft restrictive covenants carefully can leave both employer and employee in limbo. More …

Articles of Association: What are they and why should I care?

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The Articles of Association are a company's key constitutional document, setting out rules for the internal running of the company. Sarah Carter, from our company secretarial team, discusses why every company needs to be familiar with theirs. More …

Employment Law - Looking Ahead to 2018

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Following on from our Employment law "Top Ten" of 2017 we now take a look ahead to 2018 and what are likely to be the key employment law developments for employers and HR professionals. More …

Access to Court documents by an Interested Non-Party

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A High Court master has recently given extensive guidance in the case of Dring v Cape Distribution Ltd and others [2017] on the right of an interested non-party to access court documents. More …