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  • Simplification of filing requirements download

    Briefings | 6 June 2014

    The government was consulting on proposals to relax the administrative burden for companies, and has now published its responses to the consultation.

  • Enhancing corporate transparency download

    Briefings | 6 June 2014

    The government has published its response to its consultation paper and indicated that it intends to continue with the bulk of its proposals to enhance corporate transparency.

  • The new rules for controlling shareholders download

    Briefings | 6 June 2014

    The new provisions regarding controlling shareholders are set out primarily in Listing Rule 6, which sets out requirements where the company has a ‘controlling shareholder’.

  • Private censure and fine for breach of AIM Rules download

    Briefings | 6 June 2014

    An unnamed AIM company has been privately censured and fined £90,000 by the AIM Executive Panel.

  • Pensions Matter: case law round-up download

    Briefings | 6 June 2014

    The DPO partly upheld a complaint from a member that he suffered financial loss due to his pension fund being transferred outside of a 10-day transfer window,...

  • ABI recommendation on lock-up arrangements download

    Briefings | 6 June 2014

    The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published its recommended best practice in relation to lock-up agreements.

  • Shale gas and local authorities: thoughts on fracking download

    Briefings | 4 June 2014

    The threat of blackouts and proposed price hikes in energy costs serves as a reminder that the UK’s energy policy continues its rise up the barometer of economic and political importance.

  • Further changes bring simplification and reduced burdens when transferring waste download

    Briefings | 30 May 2014

    Changes introduced under the Waste Regulations 2014 mean businesses can now use invoices, orders and receipts to prove waste has been transferred legally and safely.

  • Chinese Utility Models and prior art download

    Briefings | 30 May 2014

    The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of HHJ Birss QC in the Patents County Court (now the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) finding that the appellant’s patent.

  • Patent infringement: the future of groundless threats download

    Briefings | 30 May 2014

    The phrase ‘groundless threats’ refers to provisions in UK legislation that were originally introduced to provide a level of protection against threats of patent infringement.

  • The proposed directive on trade secrets download

    Briefings | 30 May 2014

    Trade secret protection varies across EU member states, with some member states notably offering little by way of protection.

  • Water Act 2014 receives royal assent download

    Briefings | 30 May 2014

    The Water Act 2014 received royal assent on 14 May 2014, bringing important changes to water industry operation and management of water resources.

  • Trademark tips download

    Briefings | 30 May 2014

    Any sign that can be represented graphically and that is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one undertaking from those of another is prima facie registrable as a trademark.

  • Lindt’s chocolate bears: when can a three-dimensional mark infringe a work mark? download

    Briefings | 30 May 2014

    In December 2012, the Regional Court of Cologne ruled that Lindt’s chocolate bear infringed Haribo’s GOLDBÄREN (‘Gold Bear’) word marks.

  • The James Dean Twitter account and trademark infringement download

    Briefings | 30 May 2014

    Fan accounts also proliferate on Twitter. It is perhaps unsurprising that a parody and/or fan account would end up the subject of litigation.

  • Tax-related disputes download

    Briefings | 29 May 2014

    A powerful combination of factors has led to an explosion in tax-related disputes.

  • Shared parental leave — fireworks or just a fizzle? download

    Briefings | 29 May 2014

    It has been on the horizon for some time now — a complete overhaul of parental leave as we know it is now less than 11 months away.

  • A busy day for the European Commission as four state aid measures are adopted download

    Briefings | 28 May 2014

    On 21 May 2014 the European Commission adopted key measures as part of its State Aid Modernisation programme.

  • Foresight: thinking ahead — Spring 2014 download

    Briefings | 23 May 2014

    Foresight is an easy-to-use legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation right through to 2017.

  • Buying for schools download

    Briefings | 21 May 2014

    In recent years, maintained schools have been given more control over their own budget.

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