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  • Consumers and businesses: do you know your rights and obligations? weblink

    Briefings | 8 August 2013

    The time has come to reform the complicated rights of both consumers and businesses when buying goods and services.

  • Finance Bill 2013 now in force weblink

    Briefings | 8 August 2013

    The Finance Bill 2013 received Royal Assent on 17 July 2013, triggering a number of private client measures to come into force.

  • Big changes to employment law weblink

    Briefings | 29 July 2013

    Employers and their human-resources advisers face constant difficulties in trying to avoid potential pitfalls posed by current employment and discrimination law.

  • Validity of post-acquisition restrictive covenants weblink

    Briefings | 25 March 2013

    Two recent cases have considered the validity of post-acquisition covenants.

  • Late-payment directive weblink

    Briefings | 28 February 2013

    The European Commission has passed a number of directives relating to late payment, the latest of which is Directive 2011/7/EU.

  • New costs management rules — a good thing for litigation clients? weblink

    Briefings | 28 February 2013

    The introduction of costs management rules will be important to litigants.

  • Extension of permitted development rights weblink

    Briefings | 28 February 2013

    The government has announced changes to permitted development rights.

  • Domain names disputes and cyber squatting weblink

    Briefings | 26 February 2013

    Businesses must be alive to cybersquatting.

  • Inheritance tax update weblink

    Briefings | 25 February 2013

    The Treasury has announced that the Nil Rate Band of £325,000 — the current amount of an estate that can be inherited tax free — is to remain the same until 2019 and will not increase in line with inflation.

  • Children and Families Bill 2012/13 weblink

    Briefings | 25 February 2013

    The UK government has been considering changes to family-friendly rights. In early February 2013, the proposals came one step closer to becoming reality with the introduction of the Children and Families Bill 2012/13.

  • Conditions to break clauses have become slimmer and more focused weblink

    Briefings | 22 February 2013

    In recent years, there has been an increasing acceptance that if break clause conditions are too broad, it makes the break in any real sense unworkable, or at least easily open to challenge.

  • Managing sickness weblink

    Briefings | 21 February 2013

    Goodman Derrick sets out some useful reminders on how to deal with sickness absence.

  • Government set to make changes to UK copyright legislation weblink

    Briefings | 20 February 2013

    The government has published its final response to the Copyright Consultation.

  • Design copyright reform: the Hargreaves process bears further fruit? weblink

    Briefings | 20 February 2013

    The IPO has produced an impact assessment that will lead to the repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright and Designs Act and Patent Act of 1988.

  • Draft Finance Bill 2013: Implications for high-value UK residential property weblink

    Briefings | 5 February 2013

    The publication last month of the draft clauses to be included in the Finance Bill 2013 due to come into force this April confirmed the measures proposed for the taxation of high value residential property in the 2012 Budget.

  • When is a house not a house…? weblink

    Briefings | 31 January 2013

    The word “enfranchisement” is used in many contexts. Generally, it refers either to the acquisition of a freehold or an extension to the term of a long lease.

  • UK copyright changes weblink

    Briefings | 31 January 2013

    The Government state that the current copyright legislation appears to hinder the reasonable use of copyright protected works and is outdated in the digital age.

  • Statutory underpinning of professional conduct weblink

    Briefings | 31 January 2013

    The first act of a dictator seeking to crush dissent, perhaps before even abolishing the free press and blocking the internet, would be to control lawyers.

  • Property update: coming up in 2013 weblink

    Briefings | 31 January 2013

    On the 5th of December, George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement to the Commons, with little Christmas cheer.

  • Litigation landscape in 2013 weblink

    Briefings | 31 January 2013

    We previously reported on a number of key changes to litigation funding envisaged by Lord Justice Jackson in his Review of Civil Litigation Costs.

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