In-house roles will be the next target for low-cost alternative legal service providers, according to Pearson general counsel Bjarne Tellmann.
Bjarne Tellmann has rebooted publisher Pearson’s in-house legal team, redesigned the entire legal function and reduced the legal team’s budget, and he shows no sign of slowing down yet…
The new Stamp Duty rules download
Also; significant rises in the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings.
Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a global sourcing officer from Reed Smith to manage its pricing arrangements with external counsel in a bid to reign in costs and ensure greater value from panel firms.
Simon Worlock was instructed on behalf of Colin Patterson in R v Colin Patterson & Dafydd Raw-Rees.
IP tax breaks in Italy download
Tax exemptions for patents and IP income.
Reducing the tax burden does not necessarily constitute state aid.
For Europeans the idea that special Italian and French foodstuffs, wines and spirits should be protected goes without saying. Americans think differently.
Time runs out for bearer shares download
Encourage shareholders to surrender their shares to avoid costly court payments.
Linklaters’ ambition to be part of the “global elite” has taken a significant step in the right direction as the firm succeeded in winning the role of principal adviser to Unilever from Slaughter and May.
The Court of Appeal has given guidance on how employment tribunals should approach the question of causation in discrimination cases.
Adidas AG recently filed a claim against Marc Jacobs International LLC in the US Federal Court for allegedly infringing its iconic Three Stripes trademark.
Goodman Derrick looks back at the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledges to consider the possible impact on HR professionals in the hotel and leisure sector.
In-Form, a professional forum for in-house lawyers throughout the Thames Valley has been launched by B P Collins.
Conyers Dill & Pearman of Cayman acted for Onex Corporation, a leading provider of marine, defence and aerospace survival equipment, through the acquisition of Survitec.
While the formulation of global guidance varies, there are five key themes.
Often, one of the first things businesses looking to list do is clean up their company structure.
A consultation document on the court’s proposed fee structure has been published.
The illegality defence: an update download
Decision in Jetivia v Bilta clarifies the position.
Chanel has successfully opposed the sign BOY CAPEL, based on its prior registration of BOY CHANEL, and other developments.
A trader must clearly inform consumers in advance about all costs associated with a contract, and other requirements.
Three tech court cases dealing with jurisdiction issues, the time limits for correcting clerical errors and agreeing to make an adjudicator’s award binding.
To avoid unpleasant surprises immigration issues should be part of the due diligence process.
If a letter of demand does not elicit payment, other options can be explored.
VAT exemptions in Montenegro download
How to apply for a tax exemption to build facilities such as luxury hotels and energy plants.
It is unreasonable to expect landlords to lose rental income and face the risk of damage to their property because of delays by bailiffs.
DWP wants to know whether it should change the law so it is easier for employers to rationalise their pensions costs.
Network Rail hit £13.3m in legal costs in 2013/14, with Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard emerging as top earners in the first financial year after a panel review reduced the roster to eight firms.
The annual report is an opportunity to communicate with stakeholders, and good practice brings benefits.
Describes the law that applies to the whole construction process, and what each dutyholder must or should do to comply.
Publishing company Springer Nature has named Macmillan Science and Education GC Rachel Jacobs as its new general counsel following the merger of the two companies.
Five ways to deal with hoarders download
Landlords’ decision-making process should document whether clutter-friendly tenants are vulnerable; and other tips
Holiday pay uncertainty continues download
It would still be prudent to include commission in holiday pay calculations until Lock v British Gas appeal is heard later this year.
Barclays has lost another three senior lawyers following a tumultuous first quarter that has already seen a raft of top level exits from the bank’s legal team.
The sector inquiry will focus on those goods and services in which e-commerce is most widespread.
Since the emergence of Google as the world’s first port of call for ‘searching’, the importance of ‘keywords’ as a tool for finding information has grown exponentially.
The DWP has issued a call for evidence on the operation of the section 75 employer debt regime as it applies to non-associated multi-employer DB pension schemes.
China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission extends contract wit IP adviser
Among the questions addressed in this Q&A is: am I obliged to set up a manned office in the Bailiwick?
Cutting-edge antitrust issues debated by delegates at the meeting.
Employers should not be reluctant to press ahead as delaying proceedings rarely be in the interests of either employer or employee.
IP: Sky’s the limit for Skype download
Some surprising observations as court finds a likelihood of confusion between the earlier mark SKY and the requested mark SKYPE.
A significant review of Employment Tribunal fees is now unlikely as the main drivers for this were the Lib Dems, and other implications.
Employers can face serious legal liability if they fail to manage stress appropriately.
British Gas will appeal against the Employment Tribunal’s decision that employers must take account of commission when calculating holiday pay.
Pension scheme rules should be reviewed, as amendments are likely to be required.
Asda has launched a review of its relationship with its roster of external legal advisers in a project internally known as ‘Project Spark’.
Data Issues Roundup, 5 May: UK to extend security agencies’ powers; EU biometric data ruling; and more download
Also: Ireland to be privacy regulator for 300 million non-US Twitter users; responses to Big Data report; and more.
High Court clarifies the approach to be taken when applying for a validation order.
You should take great care when agreeing to be ‘bound’ by an adjudicator’s award, as a recent case shows.
British Business Bank’s guarantee scheme is open to all who lend to smaller UK businesses.
Case shows that courts are reluctant to imply terms into contracts that have been freely negotiated between sophisticated parties
The ECJ has released its judgment in a case that concerned the meaning of ‘establishment’ in the European Collective Redundancies Directive.
Prompted by concerns about slow rate of growth in online trade between EU member states.
Court of Justice of the European Union dismisses Spain’s challenge to the legality of the regulations establishing the unitary patent.
Employment Update, Spring 2015: immigration in corporate deals; interim relief for whistleblowers; and more download
Also: employee references; cases round-up; tribunal watch; and more.
The message from the courts is crystal clear – 100% compliance or no effective break
MYTH: Women don’t have the same leadership aspirations as men. REALITY: It’s a visibility problem. So said a speaker at a recent conference.
Politics and retailing download
What will the election result mean for British retailers?
The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer commercial litigation partner David Onorato as its new general counsel.
The decision to invest in a construction project is a major event for an educational establishment. So, if the contractor becomes insolvent, this can cause significant problems.
Also: £90k fine for nominated adviser; ’proper purpose’ for inspecting a register of members; and more.
Registered provider landlords don’t need to worry about re-protecting deposits once the tenancy becomes a statutory periodic tenancy, but it is important they act quickly.
Highlighting the key differences between the manifestos of the Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems, UKIP and the SNP.
Annabel Mackay examines the employment implications of the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime and Code of Conduct.
News UK has promoted deputy general counsel Emma Moloney to head of legal following the death of Paul Chinnery last year.
Global consultancy giant Accenture has promoted general counsel Julia Spellman Sweet to chief executive for North America.
Romania is arbitration-friendly download
Arbitration agreements are easy to conclude, enforcement procedure is effective and there is autonomy in selecting arbitrators.
Data Issues Roundup, 29 April: China/US dataflows; Twitter falls under EU control; and more download
Also: cultural differences could wreck the single EU data protection law dream; data protection authorities face resource challenges due to digital boom; and more.
Who knows best when it comes to doing the right thing? Should we always look to those who been in the workplace the longest?
A warning given in bad faith could not be relied on for the purpose of determining whether there was sufficient reason to dismiss an employee.
Some interesting recent Technology and Construction Court cases that provide clarification on adjudication procedures and rules.
Privacy law and young people download
Guidance on issues in Australia plus legislative developments and interesting court decisions in other countries.
No need to aggregate redundancies.
Very few employment-related claims get as far as a tribunal.
Reverend Sharpe held his position under terms defined by statute so there was no need to imply a contract into the relationship between himself and the bishop, says CoA.
The law is less protective and more flexible towards company executives than it is to general employees.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has ploughed through 10 manifestos to see what the parties are offering for employers, savers and pensioners, and outlines the key issues in this briefing.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has ploughed through 10 manifestos to see what the parties are offering employers and employees regarding employment. This alert outlines the key issues.
Italian hotel chain told to repay profilts after losing dispute over the letter W
Following the introduction of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, the rules on whistleblowing require disclosures made on or after 25 June 2013 to be in the public interest.
Law returns to pre-Woolworths litigation position; employers must look at the ‘establishment’ question.
Decision suggests the public interest test is a fairly low hurdle for whistleblowers to overcome
Less likeliehood of added costs for businesses, but ECJ ruling lights blue touch paper for disputes about what constitutes the affected establishment.
Recent notable insolvency cases download
An update on interesting cases and their outcomes.
Similarly to many other countries the Republic of Kazakhstan, over many years, has taken relevant measures to protect interests of national suppliers of goods, works and services
Covering the role of the judge and the jury in civil proceedings, time limits for bringing civil claims, the typical procedure and timetable for a civil claim, and more.
There’s less Employment Tribunal advocacy work around now, but one area developing fast is investigations.
Warning over flexible working rights download
Some parents can still only dream of working flexibly, even though they have the legal right to ask for it, a new report has warned.
Rise in business lending download
The amount of money banks were prepared to lend to non-financial businesses increased by a net £1.6bn in March, according to a new report.
Also: how a solicitor misled a court.
To clarify the key employment policies of each political party, Shoosmiths has summarised each of the parties’ positions below.
A lesson for employers dealing with pension changes: remembering three Ps – proposal, privilege and protection – can minimise legal risk.
Lloyds Bank has closed its litigation teams in Hove and Cockfosters in a continuation of the redundancies to hit its in-house legal team.
What it means for those dealing with disputes day to day. And by the way, there may be more rises on the way.
Also: Obama signs order ’blocking the property of persons engaging in malicious cyber-enabled activities; and more.
The Government proposes to require regulators to promote economic growth and ease some regulatory burdens,
Looking at barriers to the development of effective cross-border e-commerce in the EU.
The insolvency of City Link continues to command attention, with the spotlight shifting to redundancies. A consultation on the subject has now been launched.
A discussion of interim relief in recent cases, highlighting the importance of clarity and areas where it pays to be prudent.
Affected parties must think about who will be the ’operator’ for the purposes of the new European regulations.
Three recent events have encouraged the Health and Safety Sentencing Council in its task…
Including information on driving checks, fees for intervention and sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences.
Former Lend Lease EMEA general counsel Patrick Gloyens has joined Michelmores as a real estate partner.
The growing risk of hacking download
Recent cases show that the risks of hacking are growing. Time to wise up, warns Keith Schilling
Construction Foundations: a ‘disputes toolbox’ plus the three most interesting recent cases download
A case of communication with the adjudicator before the adjudication commences, thought to be the first time the court has overturned a decision on this basis, and more.
Last year the Data Retention Law was declared unconstitutional as it violated the right to privacy. A legal framework for data protection is in place.
Khaitan & Co advised ZF Friedrichshafen on the Indian competition law aspects of the acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings by way of a reverse triangular merger for $12.5 bn.
Key changes include the introduction of e-auctions for mineral concessions.
Payment Matters: interchange fees; an EU retail payment market; card fraudster jailed; and more download
Also: proposals on the movement of capital and freedom of payments.
The fees system divided opinion from the outset and has already been the subject of several judicial review challenges.
Industry leaders are urging the next government to consider excluding small firms from business rates.
Oman's new competition law download
Important compliance issues for companies doing business in Oman.
Some grandparents might soon be entitled to 36 weeks’ leave plus their annual holiday and three days’ paid volunteer leave.
All about SMEs: the credit options download
Lenders will share information on lending to SMEs under the new small business act. Whether this will improve or hamper choice for SMEs remains to be seen.
Safeguarding corporate reputation download
Schillings’ latest report shows reputation management has a direct bearing on share value.
Motivating Generation Flex download
The younger generation see office life as a waste of time, and their work motivations are different too. So how do you retain them?
Domain name TaylorSwift.porn has been bought by the singer to safeguard her image as naming restrictions are lifted. Your clients had better consider the implications too.
Jersey: employment law changes download
Employers must have strong policies in place, particularly with the family-friendly rights coming in in September, as the law in these areas can be technical.
Financial Regulatory Developments, 24 April: the end of too-big-to-fail; £13m reporting fine; Al Qaida sanctions; and more download
Also: EU adopts money laundering directive introducing national registries of ownership, and more.
Getting a business going in Jersey is relatively straightforward, but be aware of certain issues in areas such as licensing and ownership.
Sound recording credit eliminated, and other changes.
Rent rises are outpacing inflation download
Landlords are getting around £100 more a month from their tenants than they were at the start of this Parliament.
Legal history was made by the Court of Appeal on 23 April 2015 in the case of ParkingEye v Beavis.
Which? has lodged a super-complaint in relation to concerns about misleading and unclear pricing practices in the groceries sector.
The introduction of the new insolvency rules is now likely to be delayed until 2016.
Where a corporate lender agrees to release a debt, the lender will be entitled to a tax deduction, which can be used to reduce taxable profits.
Landmark judgment clarifies the law on misuse of private information.
Ruling has significant consequences on dawn raids by French competition authorities, who must now be sure to exclude privileged and unrelated documents.
Trustees – consider the impact of transfers on your scheme’s funding position and investment strategy.
EU consults on strengthening legislation on worker involvement, with the possible consolidation of three Directives on the cards.
The Technology and Construction Court recently discussed whether an adjudicator’s decision was finally binding.
Assos v Asos: no to a further appeal download
CoA also rejects invitations from the parties to refer various questions of law to Europe.
Start-up clients should keep an organised record of all legal documents – anticipate due diligence and plan accordingly.
Decision in Re MF Global UK could prevent a repeat of complex, evidence-heavy cases such as Lehman Bros FSD.
The OIG released new guidance to assist governing boards of healthcare organisations in the discharge of their oversight obligations regarding compliance.
Given two similar opportunities, investors will head for the one that is easiest to understand.
A maintenance electrician had ‘worked on’ a stuck shipping door when he simply ‘inspected’ it, even though he had not actually performed maintenance on it, a court has ruled.
The Government of Canada’s Budget Plan for 2015 proposes various measures within the expected areas of tax relief, job creation and economic growth measures.
The future of your office space download
Legal firms are increasingly questioning the traditional assumptions about how they work and use space, which has pushed the design of offices in the legal sector to the next level.
FAQs and action points for companies that have issued bearer shares
Your conference call dial-in number can become known or guessed. (After all, some numbers are hard to forget, such as Jenny/867-5309, according to Tommy Tutone.) Here’s how to avoid problems.
Defendants to fraud-type claims by a company cannot rely on their own wrongdoing to escape liability for fraud.
Pauline Munro, legal director at Gateley’s Leeds office, will represent Great Britain at the European Duathlon Championships in Alcobendas, Spain, on Sunday, 26 April 2015.
The aim of the directive is to ensure that consumers who purchase a property are protected against the risks. It also introduces EU harmonisation requirements on lenders.
Preparing for a dawn raid download
External counsel can help raided companies decide, say, whether to file for leniency. Bernhard Lauterburg of Prager Dreifuss is one of the experts on the panel in this Q&A article.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised longstanding Linklaters’ client Tate & Lyle on a company-wide restructuring including the sale of three corn wet mills in Europe to its partner, US company Archer Daniels Midland.
Pearson general counsel Bjarne Tellmann has confirmed that the publishing giant plans to launch a UK panel before one in the US this year, after extending the deadline for a final line-up to the summer.
The Knowledge Development Box is a corporation tax incentive for the development of IP, intended to attract foreign direct investment to Ireland.
The government has fulfilled its pledge to balance its books after seven years of deficit largely by dipping into its contingency fund, cutting spending, and selling off assets.
The US Department of Labor has released its 120-page notice of proposed rulemaking to revamp the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (ERISA) fiduciary conflict of interest rules.
Clarification on promotional offers, the ‘loyalisation’ of consumers and spam matters in Italy.
The words ‘in the public interest’ are in the whistleblowing law, but it is open for workers to claim that a disclosure about a breach of their own contract is in the public interest.
Policy is likely to have considerable implications for the industrial and financial sectors.
A 57-year-old employee with 36 years’ service was properly fired for one incident in which he cut another employee with a knife, a labour arbitrator has decided.
Requirement for commercial organisations to ensure neither slavery nor human trafficking are taking place in their company or associated supply chains…
This case provides a useful reminder that, in order to rely on auditors’ reports, a direct contractual engagement of the auditors by the lender is the best approach.
TPG Capital general counsel Ronald Cami has stepped down after five years amid news the private equity firm has raised an initial $5bn (£3.3bn) for its latest buyout fund.
Data Issues Roundup, 20 April; AT&T's $25m privacy settlement; Facebook case in Austria; Google loses out in Germany; and more download
Also, UCAS gives data protection undertaking’.
Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Kate Cheetham as its new general counsel.
UK insurance giant RSA has delayed its global legal panel review for a second time.
PayPal has appointed Nokia chief legal officer Louise Pentland as its general counsel following the online payments company’s split from eBay this month.
Merged Ranbaxy and Sun Pharma sell seven products on request of Indian Competition Commission.
Foreign investment limit in the insurance sector has been increased from 26 per cent to 49 per cent, and other changes.
Top tips for employers and other contracting parties as judgment requires additional considerations of ‘reasonableness’.
There are a number of issues companies should consider now so as to prepare themselves for the changes.
After negotiations signing a contract should be easy, but sometimes the simplest things – like inserting the name of the company you are contracting with – can be problematic.
Viability continues to shape planning, but the debate is moving towards wider issues of transparency and participation.
The way a company protects its reputation has a direct bearing on how City analysts and investors determine the value of the business.
The new offence of cyber crime that causes material damage to human welfare or national security is punishable by life.
Irish firm Byrne Wallace has appointed Central Bank of Ireland general counsel Joseph Gavin as head of its financial services practice.
Somebody stole my company! download
How’s this for a cyber crime – in Bulgaria there have been a number of cases whereby the ownership of a company has been changed without the knowledge of the actual owner
Employer-instigated transfers will require the employer to pay the cost of the advice, and other refinements to the draft guidance.
It is not clear how Labour’s new right would apply, and some employers may simply offer contracts with minimal fixed hours to limit its impact.
Cayman has taken a creditor-friendly approach to implementation.
Financial Regulatory Developments, 17 April: “Dear CEO” letters; Lending Code reviewed; £126m custody failings fine; and more download
Also: compatibility of Solvency 2 with accounting principles; EU supervisory convergence; and more.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR) recently released the findings of its study on telematics-supported usage-based insurance.
Two recent cases, both favourable to office-holders, have further developed guidance on compelling parties to produce information and documentation to insolvency office-holders
Dixons Carphone has hired BT Group’s Nigel Paterson as general counsel, less than a year after the companies merged.
Lloyds Bank head of disputes Philippa Simmons has left the bank amid a shake-up of the in-house legal team that could see around 25 mid-level redundancies, The Lawyer can reveal.
An initiative from The Lawyer and Berwin Leighton Paisner
…and will substantially change the economic environment in the country.
…and the present is no time to request a loss determination.
Funds update: AIFMD implementation under fire; European agreement on beneficial ownership registers; and more download
Also: new Jersey accounts documentation and recent case law.
The unilateral actions of one landlord could spark a chain of events that determines the entire lease
A new governance regime for qualifying defence contracts aimed at giving industry a fair price on single-source work and the taxpayer value for money
The reasons given for contract terminations are many and varied, but in each case the fundamental motivation is generally the same.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Cerberus on its acquisition of the Clyde Shopping Centre in Glasgow for approximately £70m.
A company could not establish a due diligence defence because it had not taken all reasonable steps to prevent an accident.
A cyber attack could cost a business its investor backing, according to new figures.
The National Audit Office notes that although private finance typically costs twice as much as public finance, it “can represent value for money”
82 per cent of organisations expect to begin to use – or increase their use of – analytics in the people function, but doubts remain about HR’s strategic value.
Cameron’s compulsory volunteering download
Statutory holidays to undertake voluntary work… so how does that not conflict with that other pledge – to ease the burden on business?
Many legislative changes will have an immediate effect on the island’s employers.
Charities urged to share their opinions on Government plans for reform – the Charity Finance Group has put together a policy briefing.
A quarter of all road traffic incidents involve people driving as part of their work, and taking work-related road risk seriously is a legal requirement.
The High Court has ruled on the importance of compliance with formal notice provisions in a contract when serving termination notices.
Contracts are often amended prior to or during performance. If they contain a liquidated damages clause, it should not be overlooked.
Geographical Indications have caused EU/US conflict for years but can agreement be found in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? This paper suggests the solution must be rooted in IP law.
Key takeaways for CEOs, counsel and chief privacy officers about online behavioural advertising download
What organisations should do before moving to an online behavioural advertising model.
Users’ personal data can be kept for a maximum of six months and cannot be used for other purposes, such as marketing.
What buildings are affected, what duties are imposed and what action you should take.
Investment preferences in Kazakhstan download
Measures of state support for priority investment projects.
The variable element, ie. the commission or overtime, should be included as ‘remuneration’.
Number of threats is now close to a million a day.
Including special provisions for the Hong Kong arbitration centre.
Council of Europe recommends that employers should avoid interference with employees’ right to privacy, this being applicable to information technology devices.
HR Update, issue 3: guidance on changing the staff handbook; diabetic employees; flexible leave arrangements; and more download
Also: no requirement to take every possible step when investigating whether an employee is disabled.
eBay has hired Agilent Technologies’ top lawyer Marie Oh Huber as its new general counsel as the company prepares for the split of eBay and PayPal into two separate companies later this year.
Data Issues Roundup, 13 April: Cloud contracts; US crackdown on hackers; nuisance calls fine; and more download
Also; UK court strikes down part of the Data Protection Act; Australia passes ‘retention law’; and more.
30% female non-execs on German boards; lower penalty for failing to consult a works council in France; mandatory retirement no more in Denmark; all the UK changes; and more.
“Resources are not reserves”, and other findings of a review of investor presentations on mining issuers’ websites.
Only a small minority of pension savers have plans to spend their whole pot on luxury items, following recent retirement reforms.
The offshore wind industry has taken inspiration from the more mature offshore oil and gas industry.
The ban on corporate directors is due to come into force soon, but a recent consultation suggests the Government may be having a change of heart.
Failing to develop a strategy for dealing with claims in good time for deadlines is an easy but expensive mistake to make.
Buying or selling a business can be stressful, so here’s some expert advice to help things run smoothly on the day.
Publicis Groupe has appointed Joe LaSala, general counsel of recent takeover target Sapient, as its new general counsel to replace Eric Antoine Fredette.
Financial Regulatory Developments, 10 April: centralised MiFIR data; easing swaps clearance; updated Basel III FAQs; and more download
Also in this issue: upcoming statements on B2L mortgates and whistleblowing from the FCA.
There are around 1.4 million zero-hours contracts in the UK. Opponents claim they are exploitative, but on the other hand they provide flexibility. The political heat is on, this election season.
Turkey’s prime minister has announced an 11-step incentive package to secure investment financing for the country.
In March, MPs backed legislation for the plain packaging of cigarettes. Health campaigners have welcomed the news; tobacco companies have not.
After 20 years of weekly commercial dealings with a company you might think you understand the terms, but here is a stark warning that you should take nothing for granted.
Amended legislation allows offices to be converted to residential use without the need to apply for full planning permission.
It will be a key aspect of compliance going forward that employers monitor the time spent by their employees in each country.
The requirements around applying for planning permission for the installation of rooftop solar panels on non-domestic buildings is being relaxed
An ‘Innovation Partnership’ procedure, aimed at allowing more scope for novel ideas, is among wideranging changes coming in across the EU.
A practice note has been published to address concerns that parties to hearings before the registrar are filing large volumes of irrelevant or unnecessary evidence
Copyright protection for ’artistic’ replica products is to be extended.
BG Group general counsel Graham Vinter is stepping down after seven years in the role following his company’s announced merger with energy company Shell, and will be replaced by Sapa group general counsel Tom Melbye.
Fiona Scolding, John McKendrick, Nicholas Hill and Katarina Sydow provided a judicial review seminar to over 30 lawyers from the FCA, Bank of England and PRA.
More clarity in a number of important respects as Hong Kong moves a step closer to implementation of the Competition Ordinance, expected to come into force later this year.
The employer cannot be found to have failed to make reasonable adjustments if they did not know the employee was disabled.
The De-Regulation Act 2015 is aimed, in part, at simplifying the rules relating to deposits paid in connection with assured shorthold tenancies.
The case of eVigilo v PAGD in March 2015 saw the CJEU explore three public procurement questions raised by the Lithuanian Supreme Court.
Diabetic and disabled? download
A bus driver who controlled his type 2 diabetes by avoiding sugary drinks was found to be not disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act, but don’t assume that will always be the case.
Organisations likely to be affected should urgently revisit their cyber resilience plans.
Multinationals take note; China has introduced measures to deny income tax deductions for certain service fees and royalties paid by Chinese companies to their overseas affiliates.
Court of Appeal decision should make life easier for lenders and claimants seeking an indemnity from the Land Registry under Schedule 8.
Eversheds advises Anglian Water on £5bn investment programme following reappointment as sole legal adviser
Eversheds has been reappointed as principal adviser to Anglian Water for a second three-year term, effective from 1 April, following a panel review.
ATP Media has appointed Onside Law lead commercial associate Tom Bullock as its first head of legal.
If your business offers enhanced maternity pay you should give some thought to whether you also want to offer enhanced shared parental pay, and other tips.
In Fisker, an investor’s right to credit bid its $168m debt claim was capped at only US$25m, the amount the investor paid for the debt.
Save the Great British Pub download
Pubs are the most popular type of asset to be listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’, and have been the subject of emotive campaigns.
Female representation on FTSE 100 boards has increased without regulation or quotas, says report.
If you enter into an ad hoc adjudication agreement and use the phrase ‘shall be binding’, be sure you understand the effect.
The latest football/finance issue to rear its head is ‘third-party ownership’ of football players.
Data Issues Roundup, 1 April: world leaders’ personal details revealed; US-EU dataflows; and more download
Worldwide update also includes items on Prince Charles’ letters and a code of practice for UK public authorities.
Israel has published three tenders for franchises to form and operate government-supported technological incubators.
The steps you must go through to maintain your trademark in different regions are explained in this helpful Q&A piece.
Developments in the cybersecurity regulatory sphere.
The importance using the new Section 8 forms as a result of new legislation.
There are some questions in pensions law that are frequently asked; it is often stated that trustees have a duty to act in members’ best interests – but what exactly does that mean?
AdTech and monetisation update: US privacy bill of rights; Safari security bypass rap; and more download
Developments in the fields of information privacy and online advertising regulations.
Use of illegal substances and alcohol dependency can be an issue which employers need to deal with in the workplace. We consider the possible problems and how to avoid the pitfalls.
Severn Trent’s US arm, Severn Trent Services (STS), has made savings of 75 per cent and 35 per cent over two years by resculpting its external legal panel in favour of bringing work back in-house.
Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD), April 2: new mortgage rules; Solvency 2; and more download
Latest developments in the UK, Europe and beyond.
A cashier was dismissed for profiting from an Easter egg price labelling error. The employee did not think she was doing anything wrong. Read about the case here. What do you think?
The Care Act: new responsibilities download
The Act aims to make support more consistent across England. It will be implemented in two phases.
A summary of the Panel’s key recommendations for reforming the prohibitions against misuse of market power, cartel conduct and other anti-competitive conduct in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
Changes to the enrolment regime.
Pharmaceuticals and healthcare newsletter: licensing of aesthetic procedures; telemedicine; social media ads; and more download
Monthly digest of legal developments affecting the life science and healthcare industries across the continent.
Accountability, April 2015: expert witness alert; Bannerman Disclaimer upheld; ADR and costs; and more download
Legal and industry news affecting accountants and other financial professionals on a range of liability risk management issues.
An owner should terminate the charter in circumstances where it can show the defaults are sufficiently serious to deprive it of the benefit of the charter.
The extent to which the tenant of a commercial property requires to maintain and repair the premises will invariably be regulated by the terms of the written lease.
When the rule against penalties might apply to a fee payable to a bank under finance documents.
April changes to employment law download
Including information on shared parental leave and other parental rights, pension rights, national insurance for young workers, and changes to other rates and limits.
Transport for London’s (TfL) in-house lawyers have launched a High Court action in the year-long row between black cab and Uber taxi drivers over taximeters.
University College London (UCL) general counsel Natasha Lewis is considering setting up an initial legal panel for the university in 2015, less than a year after she took on the role.
Natasha Lewis, legal services boss at UCL, could be the first of a new breed of in-housers as UK academic institutions start to act more like businesses
Simon Rice-Birchall, partner at law firm Eversheds, has commented on Labour’s new zero-hours contracts (ZHC) policy announcement.
Scotland can’t take its premium position for granted.
Employment law partner Jo Davis looks at the main changes and what employers need to do about them.
Maximum week’s pay for calculating a redundancy payment rises from £464 to £475, and other changes.
A review of developments, including the latest tribunal judgment, plus a consideration of the loose ends that remain.
Employers must now ensure that workers who use certain methods of fall protection complete an approved training programme.
Four key themes emerged from the responses to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s call for evidence. Employers should familiarise themselves with the new EHRC guidance when it is published.
The General Election is less than two months away and the political parties have set out their stalls on how they would change or reform existing UK employment law.
Employment Update – Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015; Deregulation Act 2015; and earning commission on holiday download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s employment and equalities experts bring you the latest developments that may affect your business – what they are, and what you can do about them.
Consumer Rights Bill: Update download
The Consumer Rights Bill is now ready for Royal Assent, Parliament having agreed all outstanding points.
The statutory regime covering workplace pensions will be transformed in April 2015.
Leases: gone, but not forgotten download
A landlord’s liability can continue throughout the whole contractual term of the lease.
There has been criticism from many quarters about the recent rise in court fees, with concerns that they will prevent access to justice.
Adjudication Watch April 2015 download
In this latest Adjudication Watch, our construction experts review the most important cases involving adjudication enforcement from the last six months.
Eligible parents of children due to be born or adopted on or after 5 April will be entitled to a new form of time off work known as shared parental leave.
But the decision in Braithwaite and others v HCL Insurance BPO Services Ltd shows that while certain changes may indirectly discriminate, so long as the employer can show the changes are justified it will have a valid defence.
Report includes a useful section on ‘10 ways to improve the liquified natural gas supply chain’.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 are about to come into force. What are the relevant changes, and how will these affect your projects?
Dow Italy owned a trademark claiming the colour “pure blue” that it had used for more than 20 years. It sued AB Isolanti for using a similar colour…
Public entities are exempt from bankruptcy, but not companies that are carrying out business, even though they are held by public agencies, according to recent decisions.
In our increasingly complex world information security and data misuse is under ever greater scrutiny. One cannot help but wonder if this spike in awareness is a sign of things to come.
Employers should review contracts, commission schemes and holiday pay processes to ensure they are compliant with the new requirements.
As well as the minimum wage and tax changes, pensions, special purpose share schemes and company cars are getting a political tweak.
From this autumn employers or GPs will be able to refer anyone expected to be off sick for four weeks or longer to the new ‘Fit for Work’ service. Here’s what HR needs to know.
Risk adviser Willis Group has appointed Travelers’ senior vice president and general counsel Matthew Furman as global general counsel in its New York office.
Calling all in-house and employment lawyers, and HR professionals: here are some consultations, calls for evidence and surveys that may be of interest.
Constructive knowledge will only be fixed on the employer where it has failed to take steps to discover the employee’s status. Here are some do’s and don’ts for employers.
Italian fraud investigators have warned British shoppers to beware of counterfeit olive oil that poses serious health risks. Are your retail clients prepared?
From September employees in Jersey will have the right to ask their employer for flexible working.
Central to any tribunal’s decision-making will be the extent to which an employer communicated a social media policy, among other factors.
One area that can be particularly difficult for charities and campaigning organisations is the holding of election hustings events
…and property economist Matthew Pointon says mortgage lending will rise further in the next few months.
Addleshaw Goddard advised Bruntwood on the acquisition of a former BBC site in Manchester, from Realty Estates.
Data Issues Roundup, 27 March: unlimited fines; cross-device tracking; a provocateurs database; and more download
Also; South Korea passes world’s first Cloud law; Russia says companies can store personal data abroad; and more.
Advisers need appreciation of the underlying issues to best advise clients faced with often difficult decisions.
An analysis of public body liability in the wake of a £9m Companies House administrative blunder.
Employers should be satisfied the commission in question can be described as ’normal remuneration’, and other tips.
As well as parental leave and the minimum wage, changes to National Insurance contributions, sick pay and Tribunal compensation are on the way.
It’s the largest overhaul of company law in half a century and is intended to make running a business in Ireland easier
The minimum size for a ’district heat network’ is two buildings and one final customer, and many other things landlords need to know.
What the future holds for flexible access to Defined Contribution pension savings.
In the 57th issue of The Global Employment, Baker & McKenzie reviews changes to the law in 2014, and the impact of those changes on seven jurisdictions.
Competition Law in Asia-Pacific: A Practical Guide, edited by Minter Ellison partner Katrina Groshinksi and associate Caitlin Davies is finally a reality after more than three years in the making.
Biggest changes to British commercial insurance law for at least 100 years.
Recent changes are good news for the licensed trade.
Sanctions for regulatory offences, particularly for larger corporates, set to increase substantially.
Welcome clarity from the European Patent Office as to the scope of claim ‘examination’ in the course of post-grant amendment proceedings.
The new regulations have been rushed in without consultation and, frankly, are full of holes.
Shoosmiths takes a look at the key changes in employment law in store from this April.
Scotland-headquartered Maclay Murray & Spens has bolstered its Aberdeen oil and gas practice with the hire of Dana Petroleum general counsel Jill Reid.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has replaced Clifford Chance as principal legal adviser to the AA following a corporate panel review that took effect on 1 January.
RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) is set to roll out its in-house compliance platform across the company in a bid to cut the time the in-house team spends on routine legal work.
Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety Act may protect employees against retaliation for asserting their rights, but not for merely sustaining an injury.
Construction and engineering company Costain has changed its legal panel of advisers for the first time in seven years, dropping Bevan Brittan and Addleshaw Goddard in favour of Burges Salmon, Clyde & Co and Pinsent Masons.
Employment Tribunal confirms that UK legislation can be interpreted in line with an earlier ECJ judgment.
It seems the bonus cap has led to employers in the financial services industry paying higher basic salaries and there are likely to be further developments relating to clawback in the near future.
OneSavings Bank (OSB) has appointed a new head of legal as it names 12 firms to its first formal legal panel of external advisers.
The Cayman Automatic Exchange of Information Portal is now open and a user guide is available to help smooth the process of making filings.
Registered collective investment schemes may be offered direct to the public in Guernsey for the first time.
A director has been allowed to claim unpaid wages and compensation for constructive unfair dismissal from a company, despite there being no formal contract of employment.
The Pension Liberation Industry Group has issued a Code of Good Practice to provide guidance on the due diligence trustees and providers should carry out when dealing with transfer requests.
“Those opposed to the BBC on the grounds that it is too PC will see this as a further example to back their antipathy.”
Charges and governance in pension schemes and particularly in workplace pension schemes have been the subject of debate and scrutiny in recent years.
The ‘client’, for the purposes of a service provision change under TUPE, may include the plural.
The Pension Schemes Act 2015 amends the statutory rights to transfers from occupational pension schemes so that members will have a statutory right to a partial transfer value.
Compliance hurdles have dismayed exporters. Lacking guidance, companies have developed robust trade policies and armed themselves with legal memoranda, opinions and even ’pre-rulings’ or ’quasi-licenses’
In Andrew Parissis v Blair Court (St John’s Wood) Management, the judge in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) provided some useful guidance.
In the 2014 Budget it was announced that members with defined contribution pension savings would no longer be required to buy an annuity on retirement.
When a contract does not reflect the intention of the parties equitable relief can be sought from the court for the contract to be rectified. It is rarely granted, but in this case it was.
InCredit 24 March: the outlook for risk; Money Advice Service under review; data sharing in banking; and more download
Other topics covered include: mortgage governance review; instalment credit; and subdued lending in February.
Cooley has replaced Edwards Wildman as Amazon’s primary trademark and competition panel firm in Europe following the latter’s merger with Locke Lord.
Stephenson Harwood partner Suzanne Tarplee has been seconded to High Speed Two (HS2) to act as interim general counsel and company as general counsel Betty Morgan has retired.
KPMG International has been named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape Worldwide Digital Enterprise Strategy Consulting Services 2015 Vendor Assessment.
Dishonest assistance in Jersey: trust company held liable to compensate victims of client who had defrauded them, even though that company did not carry out the frauds.
Totum conducted research into COO roles and structures among 30 law firms.
Recognise gender diversity in the design of ethical decision-making frameworks.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is looking at ways of assisting parties seeking to get involved.
SPCs and combination products: basic patent on a sole ingredient cannot double as basic patent for combination download
On 12 March 2015 the CJEU gave its ruling in Actavis v Boehringer Ingelheim, yet another reference from the UK courts regarding the interpretation of the SPC Regulation 469/2009.
Regeneration continues to make headlines but delivering such projects and building sustainable communities takes huge investment – and commitment.
Potentially serious consequences of post-completion changes to an acquired business.
What the new legislation allowing the Groceries Code adjudicator to fine UK supermarkets says, and how you can offer your views.
A number of key questions still need to be answered with regard to the development of a secondary market for annuities.
This Canadian case is a warning about the use of indefinite suspensions, even if the employee keeps being paid.
HB Public Law founder and head of legal for Harrow, Hugh Peart, has taken on an additional role as head of legal for Buckinghamshire County Council, effective from 1 April.
Retailers must reassess their place in a world where businesses can manufacture products more cheaply and consumers could soon be making their own goods.
ICO warns financial call centre to stop sending pensions texts, alluding to the fact that the messages were “misleading”.
Latest proposals aimed at removing cultural barriers to reporting wrongdoing.
Draft legislation that would have increased the red tape burden may be overhauled.
A “revolution that could transform the retirement prospects for millions of younger workers”, according to the Government.
Focus on fixtures download
The main focus of negotiations for the renewal of a lease tends to be the rent, term etc. The fixtures are not given much – if any – consideration.
With its comprehensive review the Spanish legislator seeks to achieve three goals.
Decision to terminate investigation into Julien Grout’s role in the London Whale affair upheld.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Landmark Chambers have won roles on the ongoing battle between Gatwick and Heathrow Airports over additional runway capacity for the south-east of England.
Serbia has harmonised its regulations in the field of energy, resulting in the enactment of a new Energy Law.
Addendum consultation paper on MiFID download
Final official technical advice and a consultation on the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.
In this case the vessel owners failed to provide the charterers with all documents in support of their demurrage claim within the 90-day time period.
Demystifying the new legislation.
Some in-housers are thinking of extending their reach. The Legal Services Board is concerned that restrictions on their ability to do so might impose costs, frustrate choice and adversely affect access to justice.
In 2014 the Advertising Standards Authority received (yet again) a record number of complaints.
After the 2013 horsemeat scandal, the ‘nuts for cumin’ affair puts traceability and record-keeping back in the spotlight.
Economics is becoming increasingly instrumental in the resolution of disputes, and economic insights can yield profound, sometimes unexpected, conclusions
Barclays’ general counsel for Asia Pacific Simon Croxford is replacing Erica Handling as general counsel for Europe and Middle East (EME) investment.
The ICO has served Staysure.co.uk, an online travel insurer, with a £175,000 penalty notice for a serious breach of the security principle of data protection law.
Budget boost for first-time buyers download
First-time buyers are to be given a brand new helping hand onto the property ladder, with help-to-buy ISA.
Divide exposed between the mortgage sector and the landlord/tenant sector.
The Ministry of Justice has now issued guidance on the procedure for the transfer up of possession orders.
Compulsory purchase orders should only be used as a last resort. In some recent cases negotiations appear to have been treated as an irritant.
The project foresees the construction of a new town district in the outskirts of Madrid where all the courts of justice of the capital will be gathered.
Changes to the share buyback regime download
New legislation will come into force in April 2015 which will clarify the procedural requirements for share buybacks.
A practical cross-border insight into public procurement.
This is the second of three articles discussing changes in the law applying to the termination of assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs).
This is the first of three articles discussing changes in the law applying to the termination of ASTs.
Aim is to put London at the centre of investment in crypto-currency, but all such technologies have major implications for privacy.
Michael Hafen examines the implications of the new legislation for individuals and employers and suggests some steps that employers may consider taking to ensure their employees drive safely.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co examines the two ‘new’ procedures introduced into procurement law by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015).
The Bank of England (BoE) has hired Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) director of enforcement Sonya Branch to replace Graham Nicholson, who will retire at the end of April.
Public and regulatory law update: regulators asked to promote growth, judicial review reforms a “retrograde step” and more download
More flexibility for local authorities, requirement on regulators to promote growth, changes to judicial review will be a retrograde step and more.
Linklaters has advised Barclays on the sale of its entire Pakistan business to Habib Bank Limited (HBL) as the bank seeks to dispose of its non-core assets.
Data Issues Roundup – parties unite against SNP ‘super ID database’ plan, enforced subject access, and more download
A look at data issues in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
How to ensure your terms and conditions govern the contract.
An NHBC warranty and a collateral warranty provided by members of a construction team are not of equal value: they offer different types of protection.
Minimum wage rise confirmed download
The national minimum wage is to rise by three per cent.
High-street shops closed down at a rate of 16 a day on average in 2014, as the net fall in stores nearly tripled, new figures show.
Amazon has appointed a new head of employment to its in-house legal team in the UK, just weeks after the distribution giant was accused of “bypassing the law” by offering set lump sums in exchange for staff redundancies.
The regulatory body of the main Swiss stock exchange has confirmed plans to overhaul its regulatory listing standards.
The act will provide continuing support to most existing installations, while a new support scheme based on auctions will enter in force in 2016.
Yorkshire manufacturers are continuing to lead the way, once again putting in a stronger performance than any other region, according to research by insolvency trade body R3.
Williams v Leeds United FC – repudiatory breach of contract or: don't use your work email to send personal messages download
A cautionary tale for employees using their work email accounts to send personal messages.
Mayer Brown has hired US National Security Agency (NSA) general counsel Rajesh De to lead its privacy and security practice from Washington DC.
Barclays has appointed a new general counsel in the US after the departure of Carlos Pelayo from the bank.
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Pinsent Masons have been appointed to UK Payments Administration’s first formal panel.
To what extent can a party to an adjudication object to the other side running the same or similar points to those previously decided?
The department’s response sets out the changes made to regulations and guidance.
Opportunities for private health and social care providers to work with local authorities.
How business process outsourcing can help a professional firm operate more efficiently.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s privacy experts examine the findings of a new report on cookie usage, explain what it might mean for websites in the future and provide their top 10 cookie tips.
When is a clause not a clause? When it is void following the rule against penalties.
This note sets out the key impact for lenders and lead generators and advises on what they need to do to ensure compliance.
The Co-operative Bank has hired Nationwide Building Society deputy GC Claire Morris as its new head of legal, replacing James Southworth who has returned to Eversheds.
Construction services company Carillion has completed a biannual review of its legal panel. Ashurst and Addleshaw Goddard both lost spots in the review, while Irwin Mitchell gained a place for the first time.
MSC has acquiredUniCredit’s 42.85 per cent stake in Bluvacanze, increasing its share to 95.26 per cent.
Arnold J decides what relief Enterprise is entitled to for infringement of its Community Trade Mark.
Holiday pay Q&A download
Lucy McLynn answers some of the common questions and addresses some of the misconceptions about the implications of Bear Scotland v Fulton & Ors.
A recent employment tribunal decision has highlighted how important it is for employers to include the use of e-cigarettes in their smoking policy.
The government has confirmed the measures it intends to take to tackle any attempts by employers to flout the forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts.
Responding to the enforcers: How regulatory pressure is reshaping in-house teams in the banking sector
Banking sector legal heads are continuing to realign their in-house teams following a period of intense regulatory scrutiny on the industry.
In this third alert in our four-part series we look at three important areas: prior engagement, bite-sized contract packages and conflicts of interest.
A recent court decision will affect the group financing arrangements of industrial and manufacturing groups with Swiss financial or cash pooling arrangements.
The £5,000 cap that used to limit magistrates’ sentencing powers has now been removed.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised Royal Mail Group Ltd on a unique tie-up with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Tmall Global that will see Royal Mail launching an online store on Alibaba’s Tmall Global e-marketplace.
Barclays’ general counsel for Europe, Middle East and Asia investment, Erica Handling, is leaving the bank after four years.
Jersey’s planning appeal process has changed radically. Appeals will now be considered by an independent inspector.
How to deal with a workplace fracas download
Jeremy Clarkson has (allegedly) done it again. His notoriety reached new height this week following a ‘fracas’ with a producer at Top Gear, during which he reportedly punched a colleague.
Is the writing finally on the wall for the controversial journalist?
‘Anti-absence culture’ among workers download
As many as three quarters of employees do not spend enough time off work when they are recovering from illness, according to new research.
Eversheds has been reappointed as sole legal adviser to FTSE 100 water company Severn Trent for an extended five-year term, beating competition from 13 international and niche firms.
How executives can protect their reputation in a world of online profiles, posts and public records.
In April increases will be made to various statutory payments and other forms of employment-related compensation payments.
Right to work: what you need to know download
With an increasing number of employees from outside the UK, is it time for a ‘spring clean’ of your company’s immigration procedures?
Redundancy pay rate set to rise download
Annual increases to statutory redundancy pay will take effect from 6 April. The statutory maximum an employee will be able to receive will be £14,250.
In Montenegro there is no specific regulation governing online privacy (including cookies). Accordingly, the general data protection rules are relevant to online privacy too.
Capita, the UK business process management company, has purchased Avocis, a provider of customer contact management services.
Regular overview. Also includes latest developments on the borrower-lender-supplier agreement exemption, crowdfunding and card payment schemes.
The FCA and Prudential Regulation Authority have published a joint consultation on how organisations in the financial services sector should manage internal whistleblowing disclosures.
BVI litigation and insolvency client update: includes cases featuring quasi-partnership, anti-arbitration and costs issues download
Welcome to our first BVI litigation and insolvency bulletin, with updates on selected recent cases and developments.
The High Court decision in Williams v Leeds United FC is a stark reminder that things an employee has done at work and forgotten about can come back to haunt them.
Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) 6 March: including the funding of ISIS, remuneration policies, unfair terms and more download
Regular look at the sector includes crowdfunding convergence call and the UK senior bankers conduct regime.
A significant judgment for both developers and local planning authorities, although the court did not go as far as to state that monitoring fees would be unlawful in all instances.
An industrial tribunal in Northern Ireland has handed down a decision recognising a claimant as disabled as a result of his morbid obesity and upholding his claim for harassment.
Linking bonuses to attendance may fall foul of disability discrimination law, a recent decision shows.
Austrade and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) are developing a new framework for the Significant Investor Program (SIV) visa.
US: update on the revision of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act inc. payroll cards, unclaimed shares in Apple and audit limits download
A quick update on some issues being addressed by the drafting committee of the Uniform Law Commission, including gift cards, using payroll cards as uncashed payroll, regulation of insurance benefis and statutes of limitation on audits.
Novartis’s animal health division general counsel Andreas Bohrer has joined pharmaceuticals supplier Lonza as group general counsel and company secretary, after the branch was sold to Eli Lilly.
Newcastle-based motor retail company Vertu Motors has hired Muckle corporate partner Nicola Loose as its first general counsel.
A new feature of our briefing is to keep you appraised of open consultations and surveys in the employment law arena. If you would like us to respond to a consultation on your behalf, please let us know.
Disqualifying employees with sickness absence warnings from a discretionary bonus scheme amounts to discrimination.
Compu-Finder did not have consent to send commercial emails promoting management and professional development training courses to businesses.
The maximum court fee payable will rise from £1,920 to £10,000 for all claims of £200,000 and above, and a 10 per cent discount is to be offered on all money claims made online.
Is a domain name a property right? download
The true ownership of a domain name and the type of rights therein are more complicated than they might at first appear
The court fee for issuing proceedings in money claims over £200,000 will be capped at £10,000. Will this put you off issuing a claim for a disputed debt?
Arnold J has delivered a solution to the issue of a patent with claims in the ‘Swiss form’ but this is unlikely to be the last word in the saga. Life sciences companies – watch this space.
Work Safe Alberta has released an Occupational Health and Safety bulletin to assist Alberta employers and workers understand the impact of the recent amendments to the federal WHMIS legislation.
In October 2015, the Consumer Rights Act is expected to come into force.
Amendments to Israeli sanctions legislation, the new Sanctions Bureau and increasingly resolute policies towards Iran and other countries all warrant enhanced compliance efforts.
Asia Region Funds Passport: draft rules a step towards a regional market for managed investment funds download
The Asia Region Funds Passport will create a regional market for managed investment funds and give Australian fund managers an opportunity to increase their presence in Asia.
AdTech and monetisation update: privacy on Google Chrome, native advertising, healthcare apps and more download
Advertising technology and monetisation update, including regulatory developments in the fields of information privacy and online advertising.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has released a provisional timetable for implementing key corporate changes to be introduced by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.
Marketing on social networks attracts the attention of the Advertising Standards Agency on a regular basis. This special bulletin considers the most recent adjudication, relating to Watch Daddy Cook.
On the occasion of Cherie Blair visiting Belgrade, Karanovic & Nikolic are organising a seminar called ‘Dealing with Disputes’ on 13 March.
The Reserve Bank of India’s bi-monthly policy statement took a cautious approach to foreign portfolio investment in corporate debt by imposing additional conditions on this investment avenue.
Around 100 present and aspiring women board members will gather in London on 4-5 March for the second European Institute meeting of Women Corporate Directors.
Liability for obligations entered into under an acquisition agreement may be: joint and several; joint; or several. So what does this actually mean for the sellers?…
“One trend developing is that of more meaningful supply chain arrangements for companies prepared to invest in capacity and training,” says Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds.
Twenty-seven alternative energy projects were successful in technologies including advanced conversion, energy from waste, offshore wind, onshore wind and solar. Onshore wind seems to be the big winner
We analyse some of the key issues emanating out of India’s new Prohibition of Insider Trading Regulations and their impact on corporates.
Here are our Top 10 tips for complying with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) that come into force on on 26 February.
From 6 April 2015, the pensions landscape will be altered radically.
Ofcom is proposing the regulation of all electrical apparatus to ensure it does not cause undue interference to wireless telegraphy equipment.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has invited views from the business community and consumers on the development of online reviews and endorsements.
Lloyd’s of London underwriter Marketform has appointed Alastair McKay as its new general counsel.
The Italian Supreme Court of Cassation has issued a ruling regarding the extent of protection of weak trademarks based on the doctrine of ‘secondary meaning’.
The General Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled on the possibility of registering an advertising slogan as a trademark.
A few simple measures for you to take as you prepare to comply with the Competition Ordinance that will introduce cross-sector competition law rules to Hong Kong this year.
€170bn (£120bn) of the EU’s 2014-2020 budget is earmarked for 10 former Eastern bloc countries, much of it being spent on infrastructure and energy projects. Of these, Poland represents the largest market.
When obesity could be a disability download
A recent European Court of Justice decision suggests that obesity could be regarded as a disability for the purposes of EU (and UK) law.
There are two conflicting High Court decisions dealing with the question of whether a trustee in bankruptcy can force a bankrupt to draw down his pension so it can be made available to creditors.
Following years of litigation on collective redundancy folliwing the demise of Woolworths we may be on the cusp of a return to a more employer-friendly position.
Mumbai decision may have significant implications for the tax positions of hotel owners and operators in India.
Delhi High Court directs coal ministry to review earmarking of coal blocks; reconsideration required on merging of coal blocks and determination of specified end use.
Posting of standard operating procedure was not enough: OLRB refuses to suspend inspector’s training order download
Employers often post new procedures in the workplace without providing formal training. A recent decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board suggests that for some procedures posting is not enough; rather, training is required.
Poland: Will EAA and Swiss investors be able to freely acquire agricultural and forest properties as of May 2016? download
Restrictions on acquiring agricultural and forest properties in Poland by foreigners from the European Economic Area and Switzerland will cease to be binding in May 2016. Does this mean trade in agricultural real properties will be entirely free?
While a headline glance at the Supreme Court’s judgment in this long-running case might give developers some encouragement a closer look reveals that the issues in play are not quite so straightforward.
Luxembourg’s advantages for companies considering locating their business here and insight into the country’s legal regime for enterprises.
To promote easier reporting for foreign direct investmen transactions the Reserve Bank of India has amended the process of filing certain returns.
Constitutional concerns and uncertainties.
The forthcoming Consumer Rights Bill will introduce changes to consumer laws, including those dealing with the provision of goods, services and digital content.
There is confusion over the new agency legislation and businesses should treat it with care and determination.
A retail employee who helped pursue a shoplifter, in violation of the employer’s workplace violence policy, could sue the employer and a supervisor in the courts for her injury.
Tullett Prebon has hired Arle Capital general counsel Philip Price as its new group general counsel and global compliance head.
In a move that will be welcomed by employers, a European Court of Justice advocate-general has given an opinion against the aggregation of redundancies across an employer.
This checklist may assist in ensuring your organisation is ‘ShPL ready’.
An important judgment has been handed down that deals with the remedies available to members of the IBM Project Waltz scheme.
Newbigin v SJ & J Monk provides guidance on how to value a building for rating purposes when it is being refurbished. The result is that it is now more difficult to avoid empty property rates.
Claiming privilege over a document is a valuable right for a potential litigant, however litigation privilege can be lost or not even arise at all.
Homeland security experts warn of the next wide-scale military offensive beginning with a decisive zero-day cyber attack.
Updates on developments in shared parental leave, adoption leave, caste discrimination, tribunal recommendations and more.
What guides the ego-driven type of lawyer is not the desire to close the deal but rather the will to win the debate, and this turns them into inefficient negotiators.
Woolworths collective redundancy consultation ‘establishment’ ruling wrong, says advocate-general download
An opinion from the European Court of Justice could have a positive impact on insolvent business recovery prospects and multi-site employers making redundancies across their business.
From 21 February there will be changes to the Canadian work permit application process.
Eastbourne and Lewes Councils have appointed Pinsent Masons’ head of local government Celia Cullen to help establish a combined in-house team for the two Sussex councils.
From calls to the FBI over a cyber security issue to launching the retailer’s first loyalty card, former rugby reporter Mark Amsden has a lot on his plate as Morrisons’ general counsel.
For foreign investors in China business downturns and their consequences can be daunting. Tales of rebellious employees are legion. With proper planning though, such scenarios can be avoided.
Employment issues for multinational employers in the New York spotlight.
Federal Law 488-FZ ‘On Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation’, to become effective on 30 June, regulates relations between legal entities and businesspeople operating in the industrial sector.
This supplement is a continuation of our ground-breaking report Information Governance for Lawyers published in 2011.
UK must improve the availability of business finance if it wants to inspire the creation of more world-class companies, according to an industry expert.
Oral agreements are binding – but can give rise to problems.
We thought that we would share some basic data protection tips with those of you who did not see our tweets on International Data Protection Day.
With the spring AGM season rapidly approaching for UK plc now is a good time to take stock of the trends that emerged from the 2014 reporting season.
Significant changes to working time record-keeping and new notification requirements and sanctions with regard to posting employees to Austria
News Corp has named deputy general counsel David Pitofsky as its new general counsel and chief compliance officer.
The BBC is expanding its in-house legal training, offering greater numbers of staff the chance to work towards legal qualifications.
Big Data download
In the first in a series of articles exploring the challenges and opportunities of managing and exploiting data, Hayley Pizzey provides guidance for in-house lawyers seeking to make sense of it all.
Issues including age discrimination, religion and sexual orientation are in the spotlight.
Investment and asset management company Triangle has appointed Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) senior associate Liron Meister as its first general counsel.
Welcome to our global employment and labour law update. Our aim is to keep you up to date with key developments to help you manage your global employment challenges.
Wonga has appointed Bill Flynn as its new general counsel, fresh from his role heading up the legal team at debt management company Capquest Group.
Shared parental leave download
In order for the new shared parental leave rights to kick in, a parent entitled to maternity leave and pay will need to cut short her maternity leave.
Can an employee who simply overeats and is consequently overweight be protected for the purposes of employment law? download
While there is no freestanding protection against discrimination on the grounds of obesity, an employee may be protected under disability discrimination laws.
New rules apply when hiring foreign nationals in Beijing.
The latest instalment of the long-running Woolworth’s case has emerged in the form of the European Court of Justice advocate-general’s opinion that an ‘establishment’ is a ‘local employment unit’.
In these complex and thought-provoking times in Israel each individual has his/her opinion about the situation and the solutions, and many choose to share these on social media.
After a surge of activity including a restructure that scattered legal services across the business and deep cuts to the panel roster, the EDF Energy team say they are the stronger for it.
In this case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered whether a tribunal had erred in awarding a payment in lieu of a worker’s unused holiday allowance from previous leave years on the termination of his employment.
Many Woolworths and Ethel Austin former staff did not qualify for protective awards as they worked in stores with fewer than 20 employees.
Insurance underwriter Novae Group has appointed Alexandra Moon as its first-ever group general counsel.
There are about to be some alterations to the list of ‘sensitive words and expressions’ that require permission before they are registered as part of a company name.
The British Virgin Islands is becoming a popular jurisdiction for aviation finance transactions in both the commercial and business jet sectors.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised high-street retailer and long-standing client Argos on its arrangement with Sainsbury’s to launch a series of new Argos digital stores within a number of its UK supermarkets.
Buyer beware! Business purchases present numerous traps for the unwary particularly in terms of the employment liabilities that may be transferred.
Walgreens Boots Alliance has made former Alliance Boots legal counsel and chief administrative officer Marco Pagni executive vice president (VP) and global chief legal and administrative officer of the newly combined business.
Taking on big banks and energy giants means the new competition watchdog needs a strong legal team, and GC Sarah Cardell is the one designing it.
The SRA’s new training regime for all aspirant and qualified solicitors is expected to come into force from November 2016.
In this briefing for inhouse lawyers and general counsel, Shepherd and Wedderburn considers the impact of this development.
BBVA’s former UK head of legal Joanne Theodoulou has taken up the role of general counsel at NetOTC, an independent platform that deals with over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions.
KPMG’s general counsel Vanessa Sharp is set to quit her role in May to seek new opportunities.
Eaglewood Europe has hired former Sidley Austin associate Dipali Sahni as its first general counsel.
Looking across our cyber response engagements there’s a stark – and illuminating – contrast between the UK and US.
A reminder to all brand owners when creating brand names to give careful consideration to ensuring they are original
In principle, a business can recover the costs of its in-house legal staff doing legal work in civil litigation from the other side (provided of course that it has been awarded its costs by the court).
From management buy-out to becoming a listed company: legal head Louise Stonier has seen Pets at Home through some big changes.
Male and female general counsel have different priorities when buying legal services, according to new research by Acritas.
Publishing giant Pearson is set to launch its first global legal panel by the end of the first quarter of 2015, with current advisers Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Fieldfisher and Morgan Lewis among those contending for places.
Debevoise & Plimpton has hired JPMorgan Chase consumer bank general counsel Matthew Biben to join its white collar and regulatory defence group and banking and consumer finance practices.
Rolls Royce company secretary and head of legal Nigel Goldsworthy has stepped down from his role at the company after his role was split in two last year.
The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Cartels and Criminal Group has launched a recruitment campaign to hire in-house lawyers.
Travel commerce platform Travelport has snapped up William Hill general counsel and company secretary Thomas Murphy to head its legal department.
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Barclays Capital general counsel Judith Shepherd has resigned from her role today (9 January) and is set to leave the company in the first half of 2015.
No two people have the same moral compass, and what the right thing actually means is different for every company.
HealthTrust Europe, a central purchasing body for the health sector, has launched a procurement exercise for its legal services panel review in 2015.
PRC firm Gaopeng & Partners has bolstered its Beijing practice with the addition of Microsoft’s China general manager and assistant general counsel Ron Xie.
The practical difficulties facing companies wishing to implement a robust response to the UK Bribery Act should not be underestimated.
Eurostar has delayed its panel review until spring 2015, granting Burges Salmon, CMS Cameron McKenna and Osborne Clarke a four-month reprieve.
Clydesdale Bank UK general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire has returned to Australia to resume her role at parent company National Australia Bank (NAB) with James Peirson taking over the UK role.
Thomas Cook group general counsel Craig Stoehr has been given the additional role of chief corporate officer at the company, effective immediately.
Transport supplier Hitachi Rail Europe has picked Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Shoosmiths and Stephenson Harwood for its inaugural legal panel after a competitive tender process that closed in October.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) panel review is expected to conclude within the next two weeks in time for a January 2015 unveiling, with firms vying for spots on the larger panel.
Tim Crosley, head of the tax department at Memery Crystal, spoke at the MBL In-House Lawyers — Commercial Law Round-up 2014 Conference.
Verizon vice president of public policy Craig Silliman will take on the additional role of general counsel at Verizon from 1 January 2015.
Linklaters’ former global corporate head Jeremy Parr is to become general counsel at trading company Jardine Matheson Holdings, replacing outgoing Giles White who is to retire at the end of July 2015.
Flash memory storage company SanDisk has announced the appointment of new chief legal officer Mark Brazeal, senior deputy general counsel at tech company Broadcom.
Deutsche Bank’s regular global legal panel review has kicked off, and is due to come to a close early next year.
Vacuum manufacturer Edwards’ EMEA senior counsel Judith Banks has moved to head up the Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America legal team at medical technology group Elekta.
Royal Mail has finished its first panel review since the company’s £3.3bn IPO in 2013, retaining DAC Beachcroft and CMS Cameron McKenna but dropping Bond Dickinson on an expanded roster.
US clothing company American Apparel has chosen Loeb & Loeb partner Chelsea Grayson as its new general counsel, effective 15 December.
Whistleblowing — every little helps? download
Following on from the recent revelations surrounding Tesco, BWB’s Louise Rea explores the legal connotations of whistleblowing.
British American Tobacco’s (BAT) group legal director and general counsel Neil Withington has quit the group, as it announces a wider leadership reshuffle.
JP Morgan Chase has launched its latest panel review, having warned firms they will have to cut rates by at least 2 per cent to qualify.
EDF Energy has overhauled the career progression structure in its in-house team in order to mirror private practice, prompted by demand from its in-house lawyers.
Trinity Mirror’s group legal director Paul Vickers has been made redundant after working at the company for 22 years, following a management reshuffle.
CVC Capital Partners general counsel Richard Perris is swapping roles to head the legal department at sister company CVC Credit Partners.
The Lawyer Research Service and Grant Thornton have surveyed more than 300 private practice lawyers and in-house counsel on their understanding of and use of e-discovery tools.
Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher are among firms gearing up for Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) global panel review which began last month.
Consumer debt company Cabot Credit Management has appointed RPC commercial insurance partner Charlotte Taggart as its general counsel.
Burness Paull and CMS Cameron McKenna have been named on FTSE 250 outsourcing company Interserve’s first Scottish panel after beating seven firms to make the roster.
Santander has finalised its latest panel review, upping the total number of firms on its main legal roster from about 24 to 30.
European investment group Aurelius has kicked off its first-ever UK legal panel review, following the hire of its first UK head of legal Kimberley Whitaker.
Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Taylor Wessing are advising on the multi-billion pound sale of United Biscuits to Turkish trade buyer Yildiz Holding.
Iceland general counsel and company secretary Jayne Burrell has resigned from her role at the supermarket chain to become group general counsel and company secretary of pharmaceutical company Sinclair Pharma.
Payment processing company Worldpay has hired former Barclays Bank lawyer Mark Edwards as its new group general counsel.
Dacheng Life and Dacheng Law Review have been recognised as excellent in-house publications by Beijing Lawyers Association at an awards ceremony.
Memery Crystal’s employment team is set to host a breakfast panel discussion — ‘Social media: what employers need to consider’.
At the Competition Policy Review International Conference in Canberra on 23 October, partner Paul Schoff took part in a panel on Competition Laws and Regulatory Institutions.
A study published recently by PwC shows that many organisations lack both clear leadership and strategies for tackling the security threats they face.
General Motors general counsel Michael Millikin is to retire next year after 37 years at the company and five years at the helm of the auto giant’s legal team.
The EAT has considered whether the employment tribunal rules also allowed the recovery of an in-house lawyer’s costs incurred during litigation in the employment tribunal.
Drax is on the brink of appointing its first head of legal for two years in a move which could spark an in-house restructure.
Ofgem has extended its panel for another two years, giving Burges Salmon, Hogan Lovells, Nabarro and Pinsent Masons along with nine other firms a further term as its advisers.
Land Securities’ first-ever general counsel Adrian de Souza has handed in his resignation after over four years at the FTSE 100 property company.
Burges Salmon, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have won spots on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) reduced legal panel.
The John Lewis Partnership has hired former BG deputy general counsel Keith Hubber to join the company as general counsel from February 2015.
National Grid UK general counsel and company secretary Karen Clayton has left the network in the midst of a full-scale panel review due to be finalised in April 2015.
EDF has turned to Clifford Chance antitrust partner Jenine Hulsmann to win approval for a nuclear reactor subsidy scheme from the European Commission (EC), enabling the first new nuclear reactors to be built in Britain for 20 years.
Addleshaw Goddard has released the September 2014 edition of its European Employment Law Update. This section focuses on Germany.
On 1 December 2014, we are expecting legislation to come into force that will give effect to the new shared parental leave regime.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clifford Chance, Osborne Clarke and Stephenson Harwood are understood to have missed out on Lloyds’ core panel spots in its latest review, which reduced the roster from 12 to 10.
YouView’s general counsel Tony Vitale has joined insurance company BGL Group in a new role as head of legal.
EDF Energy has launched its latest panel review and will keep its new roster for three years, replacing its current two-year panel system.
The first Lawyer and BLP GC2B roundtable event provides a valuable insight into the realities of becoming a new GC and what it takes to stay the distance
Global Employment Lawyer — crafting a non-compete clause under English law; hidden US tax issues; and more download
Dentons has released the first issue of its Global Employment Lawyer publication.
Virgin Money’s first general counsel Stephen Pearson has stepped down from his role as the company prepares for an IPO on the London Stock Exchange later this month.
Tesco general counsel Adrian Morris and 25 other lawyers based at the supermarket’s headquarters will be sent onto the shop floor over the next three months in a campaign launched by chief executive Dave Lewis.
The recent £22m arbitration award against HM Government in favour of Raytheon, provider of the troubled UN E-Borders project, has once again shone the spotlight on international commercial arbitration.
Former Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) legal head Rob Higgins has taken up one of the organisation’s three new executive positions following the exit of commercial director Sean Balmer this year.
There may be no such thing as a free Yorkie bar for Nestlé European GC Trevor Brown, but maintaining the brand’s reputation as a trusted provider of confections is fulfilling enough
There is now a clear public expectation that every sizeable consumer-facing business will have a social media presence of some sort.
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Gemma Roberts provides an update on the latest guidance on costs.
Wonga’s first-ever general counsel Lucy Vernall has left the company for internet lender Funding Circle, months after Wonga was forced to pay £2.6m in compensation for sending debt collection letters from fake law firms.
Ilyashev & Partners is an official partner of the 2nd Annual Forum of In-House Counsel, which will be held on 23 October 2014.
Shoosmiths has hosted an all-day event for London-based procurement professionals and in-house lawyers
Drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has sourced its latest general counsel from the ranks of Scotland’s Burness Paull, appointing Tony Byrne to the role this week.
Magic circle firms are still in demand, international firms stay stable and regional firms carve out a presence in 2014’s panel reviews, according to data compiled by The Lawyer.
This week we publish our review of the reviews, which tallies the firms that have won places on the panels of 2014. There’s a pattern emerging.
Ince & Co’s Hong Kong office has been named Asian-MENA Counsel In-House Community Firm of the Year for Maritime & Shipping: Hong Kong.
Promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution is one of the key ways in which the courts are trying to reduce the costs of litigation.
Save the Children International (SCI) general counsel Elizabeth Stephen has left the charity on sabbatical, prompting a hunt for her replacement.
Pillsbury has launched its Crisis Management Toolkit App, available now for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Bevan Brittan has hired the former chief executive of Birmingham Council as a consultant to advise public sector clients on non-legal issues surrounding new service delivery models and legislative change.
Jones Day has announced that three partners, two from General Electric (GE) and one from Shearman & Sterling, are set to join the firm’s M&A practice in its London and New York offices.
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Thread and zips manufacturer Coats has appointed senior Weight Watchers lawyer Richard Reade as deputy general counsel, following the appointment of its first-ever general counsel from Lloyds.
Heinz’ European general counsel Janice More has left the company following its £18bn takeover by a US investment consortium last year.
Baker & McKenzie, Mayer Brown, Olswang and Slaughter and May have all won spots on Unilever’s inaugural panel.
Citigroup has lost its New-York based global consumer business general counsel following the exit of two other in-house lawyers earlier in the year.
Firms vying for spots on Lloyds’ own-account panel have been given a week to file tender submissions to the bank in preparation for an October panel unveiling.
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) has gifted Addleshaw Goddard and Burges Salmon first-time appointments on its revamped legal panel.
Amsterdam-headquartered telecoms giant VimpelCom has appointed Scott Dresser, formerly at Virgin Media, as its new group general counsel.
The London boroughs of Harrow and Barnet, which recently merged their legal groups, have become the second local authority in-house team to be awarded an alternative business structure (ABS) licence, following Buckinghamshire County Council last week.
Nabarro is launching a new regime of fixed-fee deals across its litigation practice which will see the firm shoulder risk for its clients.
Ethical investor Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) has appointed six firms to its inaugural legal panel, with Muckle and Walker Morris among those winning a spot.
JPMorgan Chase & Co’s retail-banking general counsel Matthew Biben has left the bank three years after joining.
Buckinghamshire County Council has become the first local authority to form an alternative business structure (ABS), after the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) granted it a licence.
Ageas (UK), which provides insurance services to more than nine million policy holders, is the most recent in-house legal department to choose Iken.
Clydesdale Bank has named Eversheds, Harper Macleod, Morton Fraser and Optima as the four firms on its new recoveries panel.
European investment group Aurelius has hired former Sky legal adviser Kimberley Whitaker as its first-ever UK head of legal.
The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has appointed Jeff Davis as its general counsel, corporate secretary and senior vice-president of corporate affairs.
In-house legal teams expect to be larger and in control of bigger budgets next year according to new research revealing a 60 per cent rise in headcount in EMEA in-house teams since 2010.
London Stock Exchange-owned clearing house LCH Clearnet has hired Diane Bouwmeester as its group general counsel and head of compliance.
In this webcast, Jonathan Kirsop examines how the UK data protection regime applies to regulate disclosed information.
New figures reveal in-house salaries and bonuses rose in the regions again last year.
A group of six firms including Eversheds, Harper Macleod and Norton Rose Fulbright have lost their places on the combined Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank national panel.
SmartDocs was built in partnership with the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) and Minter Ellison.
When she found herself off work with back problems Simmons & Simmons associate Karen Kerrigan hatched a plan: she would leave the law and set up a community forum for people experiencing the same kind of pain as her.
BP has appointed nine firms to its specialist legal panel, including Baker & McKenzie and Hill Dickinson.
LinkedIn has hired former Yahoo general counsel Michael Callahan to head the global professional networking site’s legal function.
Shoosmiths has bolstered its intellectual property offering with the hire of Olly Leyden, who was previously in house at NBC-Universal.
Procurement Pulse — in-house award to non-profit organisation; challenging a procurement process; and more
DLA Piper has released its Procurement Pulse publication for June 2014.
Ashurst, Simmons & Simmons and Addleshaw Goddard have won coveted first-time spots on BP’s UK panel, unveiled today (9 July) following a three-month review process.
Allen & Overy has commissioned independent research into how the delivery of legal services is changing around the world.
Global VAT Guide: Cross Border Supplies of Intangible Services, Rights and Digital Content — June 2014 download
As business grows more global, the challenge for in-house counsel and in-house VAT specialists is intensifying. This guide is intended to meet this challenge head on.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) are advising on the flotation of private hospital group Spire Healthcare’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange.
We’re coming out of the back room and helping to shape strategy, say our shortlisted lawyers for this year’s In-house Lawyer of the Year award.
The UK’s biggest payday loans company, Wonga, is set to pay £2.6m compensation to about 45,000 customers after sending letters threatening legal action from non-existent law firms.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith Freehills and Macfarlanes are among eight firms to have retained positions of Virgin Group’s panel following an informal review.
Banking giant Barclays has told panel firms that they should team up as single units as part of its latest panel review process.
Have you just been asked to deal with a dispute? If yes, ensure you are familiar with the Jackson Reforms, which were introduced in April 2013.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to change theorist Richard Susskind for advice on its next panel process, which is expected to result in its adviser roster being reduced for a second time.
This briefing provides suggestions that explore ways to define and then measure what value means to your clients, so you can effectively demonstrate that that’s exactly what you provide.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is on the hunt for an expanded panel after turning its back on the idea of scrapping or reducing its dedicated roster.
Kemp Little has released an outline agenda and information on speakers for its annual technology conference.
Banks seem to have woken up to the idea that litigators are better together and have been reorganising their legal teams accordingly.
UK housing association Circle Housing has chosen Iken case management to support its newly enlarged in-house legal team
BP’s ongoing panel review process is drawing to a close, with firms expecting to be told if they have scooped a UK panel place before the end of June.
The Crown Estate has appointed in-house solicitor Rob Booth as its new head of legal, replacing Alex Peeke who is set to exit for Land Securities.
The UK’ s water industry watchdog Ofwat has appointed former Ofgem legal director Elizabeth Hillman as its first general counsel following a management reshuffle.
Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Osborne Clarke have won the main spots on Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) first formal panel.
What are the implications of the Heartbleed virus for organisations?
How GCs can prove their worth and why the ‘zero sum game’ played with external firms should stop were hot topics at our recent summit in Portugal
Barclays has overhauled its legal function to create a streamlined global litigation group reporting directly to its general counsel and has also launched a new global financial crime team.
Heineken is expected to hand its new sole advisory mandate to either Eversheds or Pinsent Masons but neither CMS Cameron McKenna nor Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are expected to be invited to tender for the contract.
This video from Allen & Overy looks at the way that a carefully planned and executed people management strategy can be critical to the success of a merger.
Utility company South Staffordshire Plc has cut its informal panel from 25 to four with DWF, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, SGH Martineau and SAS Daniels being awarded the mandate to advise the company.
Insurance group QBE has turned to Australian supermarket chain Woolworths for its new group general counsel, hiring Peter Horton to succeed incumbent Duncan Ramsay who is leaving the organisation after 21 years.
Avon and Somerset Police’s legal team has selected specialist case management software from Iken to replace their existing legacy system.
BBC’s head of litigation Nadia Banno is leaving to join Baker & McKenzie just two years after taking up the head role at the BBC.
A report from KPMG reveals that in-house lawyers’ work is dominated by commercial decision making as boardrooms seek validation of their business and operational plans.
Case C-574/12 Centro Hospitalar v Eurest Portugal was a case referred to the ECJ by the Portuguese court.
Shearman & Sterling is making its presence felt in the City, squaring up to magic circle firms and looking to muscle in on key relationships. Private equity house Bridgepoint is one outfit that has had its head turned by the US firm.
Clydesdale Bank has launched its first panel review since appointing general counsel Jennifer Darbyshire in 2012 and overhauling its legal team.
E-commerce giant Amazon is bulking up its legal capability in Europe, with lawyers from Allen & Overy (A&O), Eversheds and Moneygram the latest to join.
For the first time in 15 years, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) is overhauling its rules for arbitration.
Eversheds Saladžius, in co-operation with Eversheds Bitans and Eversheds Ots & Co, is organising the Baltic International Arbitration Conference.
A total of eight firms including Ashfords, DLA Piper and Eversheds have lost their places on the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) panel, which has been slashed from a total of 14 firms to just nine.
Barclays’ managing director and general counsel for the Americas, Michael Crowl, has quit the bank to take up a similar post with Swiss institution UBS.
Sainsbury’s has added TLT and King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin to its revamped roster in its third panel review.
Ladbrokes general counsel and company secretary Jonathan Adelman has left the business, with deputy Annabel Bannerman taking on the top legal role.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) increased its spend on external lawyers to £10m in 2012/13 from £3m a year earlier, despite its number of in-house legal staff climbing up to 230.
Lloyds Banking Group has finalised its long-awaited customer-pay panel in what marks the first formal process for its third-party roster.
Karanovic & Nikolic has hosted a number of participants from the largest companies in Macedonia at the first-ever Corporate Counsel Forum.
The Federal Court recently considered the concepts of ‘legal advice’ and ‘independence’ in relation to claims for legal professional privilege.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) has been appointed by SuperGroup, the corporate group behind the Superdry brand, to handle its continental European real estate matters, as part of a wider review of the fashion group’s external advisers.
Penningtons Manches is acknowledged as a leader in the field of professional regulation.
This year’s Budget introduced yet more changes to the way pensions operate. Will this squeeze out the specialist in-housers even more?
A new breed of lawyer is smoothing the path for companies entering emerging or unstable jurisdictions
eBay’s Singapore-based associate general counsel Steven Liew has left the online shopping giant to set up a boutique consultancy firm aiming at problems solving for technology companies.
A mammoth team of advisors including Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters has turned out to advise Lafarge and Swiss giant Holcim in their €40bn merger.
Sarah Nelson Smith, UK legal chief of KFC and Pizza Hut owner Yum! Brands took a fresh approach to panel review
General counsel at Shell – “the best job in law” according to Peter Rees QC. So what prompted the silk to stand down two years ahead of schedule in November 2013?
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has handed roles to six firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Osborne Clarke and DWF in the last of a series of panel reviews.
Clarke Willmott has been kicked off the Crown Estate’s rural panel in favour of a consolidated roster comprising Bond Dickinson and Burges Salmon.
Drinks giant Diageo has named Addleshaw Goddard, Pinsent Masons and Slaughter and May its formal ‘preferred suppliers’ in the UK following a four-month review.
Unilever has kicked off its first formal panel review, which could formalise relationships with Slaughter and May, Mayer Brown and Baker & McKenzie among others.
Iken’s Dr Andrew Chester will be talking about efficiency and productivity improvement for knowledge workers in his address to the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association in April.
The legal team at Cambridgeshire County Council is considering setting up an ABS vehicle in a bid to cut the council’s legal expenditure.
Peter Rees QC, the former legal director of Royal Dutch Shell, is joining Thirty Nine Essex Street as a counsel with immediate effect.
Where do you think your local government clients are heading? It’s not a rhetorical question
Barclays in-house legal department has teamed up with diversity networks Aspiring Solicitors, The Black Lawyers Directory Foundation and The Sutton Trust to offer 80 legal work placements this summer.
Need a .law web address? Then NetNames group GC Andy Southam is the go-to man for legal know-how
Coach company National Express has hired Burges Salmon banking and transport partner Sandra Forbes as general counsel.
Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has cut Herbert Smith Freehills from its defence roster in favour of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as part of its first ever panel review.
The National Grid has kicked Irwin Mitchell off its debt recovery panel and replaced it with Shakespeares ahead of a full-scale review to take place this summer.
Virgin Media has appointed a new general counsel from American media company Scripps Networks Interactive.
Dacheng has won two China Business Law Journal awards in technology, media and communications and private equity and venture capital.
Scottish Power’s Glaswegian head of legal Marion Venman is driving an international agenda of integration, with language lessons at its core
Addleshaw Goddard has won an innovation award for its Future Leaders’ Programme at the Managing Partners’ Forum: 2014 MPF Awards for Management Excellence.
The Central London Employment Tribunal has upheld a former ABN Amro lawyer’s unfair dismissal claim against the bank but thrown out her 41 allegations of racial discrimination.
Karanovic & Nikolic hosted more than 50 participants at the annual Corporate Counsel Forum, which was held in Belgrade on 7 March 2014.
Former Slaughter and May partner Dermot Rice has emerged at the company owned by billionaire property developers, Nick and Christian Candy, after leaving the firm in November.
The Royal Shakespeare Company had no formal panel until legal head Marina Zain joined to bring some logic to bear on the ‘artistic’ legal set-up
Wragge & Co has been overlooked by Premier Foods in its £1.1bn capital refinancing plan, with Slaughter and May picking up the core mandate on the deal.
The BBC is to hire three legal services apprentices to join its in-house legal team in London, making it the latest organisation to throw its weight behind legal apprenticeships.
For most HR practitioners and in-house counsel, keeping abreast of domestic legal developments can be challenging. For those with a multi-national remit, the task is huge.
Hogan Lovells has been named among the top five law firms with the strongest brand in Acritas’s annual ‘US Law Firms Brand Index 2014’.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) new general counsel, Marina Zain, is to put together the theatre company’s inaugural panel of legal advisers.
The future of cyber-security. Threats and opportunities — what in-house counsel need to know download
The ascent of the internet and computing has fuelled the importance of cyber-security, such that cyber-security has taken on a core strategic importance to business.
Eversheds has secured a multi-million pound contract with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline trade association, rolling out its existing mandate to include Europe, North Asia and Asia Pacific.
The former head of legal for Microsoft Russia has quit the technology giant to lead Akamai Technologies’ EMEA legal arm from the UK.
A raft of ten firms including Clifford Chance, Norton Rose Fulbright and Burges Salmon, have been appointed to the UK Green Investment Bank’s (GIB’s) first-ever formal legal panel.
Eversheds, Forsters and Gordons are among the 170 firms to score places on Santander’s corporate and commercial banking legal panel, which includes 47 new panel members.
Swedish music rights organisation Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå (STIM) has promoted its general counsel to acting CEO following the resignation of Kenth Muldin.
Modern digital currencies such as Bitcoin attempt to do something fundamentally different to a digital representation of ‘standard’ money.
Ashurst’s low cost support base in Scotland is expanding faster than expected, with the firm planning to more than quadruple the number of legal analysts based in the city within the next 12 months.
Minter Ellison’s 2014 National CPD Week will be launched this month, offering something for in-house lawyers at any stage of their career.
Eversheds has appointed three partners to its financial services dispute resolution and investigations team in response to increasing client demand.
The Crown Estate has launched a panel review of its rural roster which currently features Burges Salmon and Clarke Willmott.
Stephenson Harwood has hired Yann Beckers as a partner in its Paris banking and finance department. He joins the law firm from Clifford Chance.
HSBC Holdings has hired a Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner to lead the global litigation and regulatory affairs group alongside litigation global banking and markets head Guy Nielson following the exit of incumbent Preeta Bansal.
Lafarge Tarmac has appointed Fiona Penhallurick as its new general counsel and company secretary, following the departure of its former legal head to Travis Perkins last month.
Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Donny Ching as its new legal director with immediate effect.
Royal Dutch Shell has handed interim responsibility of its legal function to its human resources and corporate officer Hugh Mitchell.
Ince & Co in China has been named a winner in the category of aviation and shipping in China Business Law Journal’s 2013 China Business Law Awards.
Public services provider Amey has decided against setting up a formal panel of legal advisers in favour of an informal referral system with a set of ten preferred firms, following its merger with Enterprise in 2013.
TV designer and presenter Kevin McCloud MBE’s company, HAB Housing, has added TLT and Ashfords to its panel alongside Burges Salmon.
E-discovery is a critical process that occurs early in civil litigation matters and involves the exchange of information between parties involved in a legal action.
Building and DIY retailer Travis Perkins Group has appointed Deborah Grimason as its new general counsel.
City and national firms and in-house legal departments have signed up to connect with prospective solicitors via Aspiring Solicitors, an online platform dedicated to improving the diversity of the legal profession.
Osborne Clarke has been dropped from the Citibank panel following a restructure that saw its roster reduced from 21 to 19.
Hogan Lovells is set to host a webinar on employment law changes on 22 January 2014.
Understanding the politics — and in particular how it might affect you and your business — really does matter, and business leaders ignore it at their peril.
Allianz Insurance has appointed DAC Beachcroft, Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM), DWF and Keoghs to its claims legal panel for England and Wales.
The Co-operative Group has finalised the process of dividing its legal function in the wake of losing control of its banking arm to investors in October.
In this ThinkHouse podcast from Wragge & Co, parter Sally Mewies talks to Michael Luckman about the pros and cons of cloud services.
The ECJ has ruled that insurers cannot restrict the freedom of choice of insured persons by insisting on their using panel law firms or the insurer’s in-house staff.
Construction giant Balfour Beatty has handled in-house all the legal work connected to the company’s £154m mandate to transform the London 2012 Olympic stadium for its future use as West Ham Football Club’s home ground.
Burges Salmon associate Matthew Sims has led the £31m sale of Honda’s biggest storage depot in Avonmouth to BlackRock UK Property Fund and Canmoor.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis has won a new job, as chief legal adviser to the United Arab Emirate Ras al Khaimah.
Group deputy general counsel Dominique Bourrinet is to take the chief legal role at Société Générale (SocGen).
This first instalment highlights the importance of implementing a legal department management system.
In this second instalment, Rob Thomas assesses ways of convincing the CFO that new technology can do more than merely provide a return on investment.
In this final instalment, Thomson Reuters looks at the steps a new general counsel can follow in order to make a significant impact in the legal department.
Thomson Reuters provides a list of the top ways that will help both you and your legal department integrate with your company to function more like a business unit.
Outgoing Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs is to chair the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC’s) Conduct Committee when he retires from the firm next year.
Fox International Channels (FIC) has appointed Francis Chang as its senior vice-president legal and business affairs and general counsel for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Kellogg’s EMEA legal head Orla Muldoon is leaving to join agricultural processing giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in January.
Dacheng and First Law International have held a conference at the law firm’s Shanghai office.
The Canal & River Trust has appointed its first general counsel, after its legal and corporate services director Nigel Johnson announced plans to retire.
The gargantuan BT Sport-Uefa football deal was all the work of each side’s in-housers – private practice take note
Siemens general counsel Peter Solmssen is to leave the group next month as the top legal job is axed from the management board.
The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has appointed a new general counsel and company secretary to replace outgoing Steven Phillips who retires this year.
American Express general counsel Louise Parent has quit the credit card giant to join the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton after 20 years in the job.
Arbitrator makes welcome decision to disregard the long-debated salvage distinction
Eversheds decided against pitching for a role on the expanded NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) panel at the latest review despite working on six of its nine ‘lots’ since 2009.
Second Circuit: in-house counsel may not seek to profit as whistleblowers against former employers download
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued an important ruling restricting in-house counsel from acting as whistleblowers in litigation against their current or former employers.
Barclays’ head of compliance and regulatory relations Hector Sants, who last month took a temporary leave of absence due to stress and exhaustion, has resigned from the post.
Advisers get stuck into the disentangling task, to unhitch troubled bank from group
Mark Molyneux, a north-west lawyer at Addleshaw Goddard, is to speak at an international arbitration conference in Africa.
Gresham computing has hired a Manches associate to its new general counsel post, marking the first qualified lawyer to enter the company.
The Co-operative Bank has hired a new general counsel, in the wake of news that the bank will host the UK’s first ever ‘bail-in’ by a consortium of hedge funds (4 November 2013).
Goodman Derrick’s employment team will hold a breakfast seminar that will review the key employment decisions made during the course of 2013.
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One of the government’s leading lawyers, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) general counsel Anthony Inglese, is to retire.
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has handed interim general counsel Marina Zain the position on a permanent basis.
The former director of legal and company secretary at Virgin Money, Jasan Fitzpatrick, has named as general counsel of consumer credit firm Premium Credit.
This advisory provides an overview of the anti-corruption enforcement risk in Brazil, summarises the new law, compares it with the FCPA and offers practical compliance suggestions for in-house counsel.
The Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) bar panel review has come to a close, with 20 sets of chambers winning appointments.
Three lawyers at law firm Sintons have been promoted to associate: Iona Sims, Anna Barton and Scott Cable.
Japan’s largest bank, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), is in the closing stages of establishing its first ever UK legal panel.
Budget airline Monarch has delayed publishing the results of its recent panel review following a revamp which kicked off in February.
Minter Ellison’s Vanessa Warburton has been awarded the Future Star accolade at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law awards.
Wales’s largest social landlord RCT Homes has awarded 13 firms a place on its first-ever legal panel, with Trowers & Hamlins, Bevan Brittan and Burges Salmon among those to win spots.
In-flight entertainment provider Global Eagle has named the former London-based News International lawyer, Jay Itzkowitz, as its general counsel.
Nationwide Building Society general counsel Liz Kelly is leaving the building society to spend more time with her family just weeks after Nationwide launched its delayed general panel review.
Morrisons has completed its first panel review as it prepares to double its in-house legal team by the end of the year.
Mills & Reeve has been recognised in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2013 report in the value resourcing category.
DLA Piper has been named Most Innovative Law Firm in Client Service at the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers 2013 Awards for its WIN programme.
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With offerings provided ‘as a service’ becoming increasingly prevalent, more lawyers in both private practice and in-house will be seeing cloud-related contract terms.
Telecoms giant BT has launched a review of its legal process outsourcing (LPO) provision, The Lawyer can reveal.
KWM recognised by Asian-Mena Counsel In-House Community Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East Survey 2013
King & Wood Mallesons has been named Firm of the Year 2013 in China across six practice areas.
How law firms successfully targeted places on Aviva’s panel, with go-getting GC Monica Risam calling the shots
Law Society in-house grouping breaks away and spreads its wings
BTI report recognises Hogan Lovells’ global litigation practice as one of the world’s top litigation groups.
Independent brokerage and software group AKJ has hired its first in-house lawyer with the appointment of Tom Mackay, a former legal chief for the London Stock Exchange.
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Allen & Overy’s antitrust team has played an active part in the 17th annual IBA competition conference held in Florence on 13–14 September.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has named former Burges Salmon transport head Nick Olley as general counsel.
Shell UK, the British arm of Royal Dutch Shell Group, has completed a top-level reshuffle of its global legal team, naming Michael Coates as its new head of legal in the UK.
In March 2013 The Lawyer, in association with Thomson Reuters Serengeti, conducted a large research project examining the rapidly evolving in-house legal sector.
Eversheds has secured a multi-million pound contract to be the primary provider of routine legal work to US water pump company and Tyco spin-off Pentair Flow Control.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has taken on Group Lotus in-house lawyer Byron Jacobson as its first permanent general counsel.
Barclays is on the brink of a big change in the way it uses outside advisers
In March this year, The Lawyer, in association with Thomson Reuters Serengeti, surveyed more than 1,000 general counsel and senior lawyers working in business about the seismic changes that are affecting the legal sector.
Financial Times (FT) general counsel Tim Bratton is set to leave the newspaper after nearly ten years at the helm of the publishing business’s legal team.
In-house lawyers must take a more robust approach to protecting whistle-blowers and be prepared to speak out against bad management decisions, HBOS’ former risk management head Paul Moore has warned.
HBOS whistleblower Paul Moore welcomes new rules to protect his peers and tells The Lawyer that in-house counsel must drive corporate transparency
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Financial technology developer Media Ingenuity has snapped up in-house IT and IP specialist Melin Tarafdar from JPMorgan Chase as its new general counsel.
DLA Piper has been added to the panel of Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH) following the hire of its new general counsel and company secretary Liz McDonald last October.
Baker & McKenzie, CMS Cameron McKenna and Debevoise & Plimpton are amongst the new firms appointed to Royal Dutch Shell’s revamped legal panel, which consists of more than 150 firms.
The Brussels Court of Appeal has acknowledged the existence of legal professional privilege for in-house counsels who are members of the IBJ/IJE.
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