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On 9 July 2015, provisions of the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015 come into effect.
Assets of community value rules: should construction industry raise a toast or drown its sorrows? download
Have regulations aimed at protecting assets of local value and importance had a negative impact on the construction and development industries?
Top tips for employers and other contracting parties as judgment requires additional considerations of ‘reasonableness’.
In March, MPs backed legislation for the plain packaging of cigarettes. Health campaigners have welcomed the news; tobacco companies have not.
Contrasting decisions involving applications for registrations of the respective marks GREEN SMOKE and GREENWORLD are instructive in highlighting registry approaches to the concept of distinctiveness.
Boeing recently filed a patent application related to the 3D printing of replacement aircraft parts – just one of an increasing number of filings related to 3D printing.
A round-up of cases including Nissan Jidosha KK v OHIM and OHIM, Opposition No B 2 340 704, eBay Inc v Omnicom International Holdings Inc.
Walker Morris has successfully acted for an applicant for invalidity in respect of the registered mark SOLAFIELDS.
The French Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by magazine owners against a decision of the Paris Court of Appeal that it could not claim infringement of marks MATCH and PARIS MATCH by the dating website Match.com.
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.
Court of Appeal decision should make life easier for lenders and claimants seeking an indemnity from the Land Registry under Schedule 8.
Protocols on professional negligence, judicial review, housing disrepair and more are coming into force.
Case law round-up – April 2015 download
Ten per cent uplift on damages does not apply to injury to feelings awards in the Employment Tribunals – Chawla v Hewlett Packard Ltd [UKEAT/427/13].
Increases to statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay and increases to Tribunal awards download
The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £76,574 to £78,335 and the maximum amount of a week’s pay, used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and the basic award for unfair dismissal will rise from £464 to £475.
It may well be that this significant increase is attributable to increased awareness by employees of the concept of ‘zero hours’ contracts.
It had previously been thought that a worker’s request would not be reasonable if the choice of companion was unreasonable (and this was reflected in the ACAS Code) but in the case of Toal and another v GB Oils Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that a worker’s right to choose their companion (within the statutory categories) is absolute.
ACAS early conciliation is approaching its first anniversary.
While the Employment Tribunal is the most common forum for resolving employment disputes, it is not uncommon for senior, highly paid or bonused employees to bring contractual claims against employers in the civil courts.
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.