In brief: Solicitors support Make A Will Week

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Risks for liability insurers and their insureds: #MeToo

By Susie Wakefield, Antonia Blackwell One year on from #MeToo, Bloomberg estimates at least 425 prominent people across industries had been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. These headlines have brought the issue of how employers tackle sexual harassment in the workplace into the spotlight. In addition to dealing with any allegations of sexual harassment, organisations will […]

Zero-hours contracts – Common pitfalls for employers

By Jo Tunnicliff “Zero-hours contracts can be a positive part of work-life balance if they offer genuine two-way flexibility,” says Matthew Taylor, the government’s lead reviewer of modern working practices. As our previous article set out, the Taylor Review made recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of individuals working in the gig economy, including zero-hours […]

The international capital markets review

By José Pedro Fazenda Martins, Orlando Vogler Guiné The Portuguese economy has been recovering strongly since the end of the financial crisis and the successful conclusion of the Financial Assistance Programme, benefiting from healthy dynamics in the tourism sector and improved investment in various other sectors. The improving of leading indicators, the expansion of industrial production, […]

Key implications of Brexit January 2019

By Trudy Feaster-Gee The article provides a practical guide to some of the implications that UK businesses currently face, given the rejection by Parliament on 15 January 2019 of the Withdrawal Agreement, of a no-deal Brexit

Receivables finance: The prohibition on assignment is now in force

By Michael Taylor, Ian Akitt, Peter Considine The Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations 2018 came into force on 31 December 2018 meaning that parties to a contract in the UK may no longer be able to prohibit the assignment of receivables arising in respect of supplies made under it, even if it is a long term […]

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Retail giants fight for Internet copyright

M&S and others are preparing for battle over what they see as the abuse of their brand names on the Net. Roger Pearson reports. Retail giants Marks & Spencer, Virgin Enterprises and Sainsburys, along with the Ladbroke Group, are weighing into the legal battle over cyberspace copyright. The four companies are heading for the High […]

Estonian thank you to Cheltenham firm

The new Estonian ambassador to England, Raul Malk, is to make an official visit to Gloucestershire, in recognition of the efforts a local firm has made to boost trade with the emerging Baltic state. The ambassador will visit the county on 11 and 12 February to meet existing and potential investors, who have been developed […]

Peter Cooke is head of the employment department at Theodore Goddard.

Advocate General Michael Elmer delivered his opinion to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Grant v South West Trains on 30 September. He concluded that restricting family travel benefits for rail workers to partners in heterosexual relationships amounts to discrimination under article 119 of the Treaty of Rome. Article 119 protects the right to […]

In brief: Northern Legal Office Exhibition success

Over 1,300 solicitors and IT staff from law firms visited the first Northern Legal Office Exhibition in Manchester last week. The show, sponsored by The Lawyer, will now become an annual event. There were more than 60 stands in the G-Mex hall for the two-day event.

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