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Retail headlines: Autumn 2018

By Gwendoline Davies, James Crayton, Martin McKeague, Jane Weaver As of 6 November 2018, CAP has published new rules on the use of data for marketing, along with 5 top tips to ensure compliance. The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Competition and Markets Authority have announced an investigation into ‘personalised pricing’ – that is, the practice of retailers […]

Data protection breach: Vicarious liability in a variety of cases

By Shakeel Dad In two recent cases with very different facts, the Court of Appeal has made findings of vicarious liability against employers for employee misconduct outside the workplace/outside working hours.  Employment and Retail specialist Shakeel Dad explains and offers practical advice. What is vicarious liability? “Vicarious liability” is a legal concept under which employers […]

Fraudulent misrepresentation: A supply chain case

By Tim Pickworth Commercial Dispute Resolution Director Tim Pickworth looks at a recent supply chain case and explains how the law of misrepresentation can affect any modern retail business. Why misrepresentation might be an issue for your retail business When parties consider doing business together, a multitude of enquiries, discussions and negotiations take place before any […]

Strict approach to service of notice

By Ruth Ormrod Ropemaker Properties v Bella Italia is the latest in a flurry of cases which have highlighted traps for the unwary when it comes to serving legal notices. In an uncertain economic climate parties often want to escape contracts or leases that are no longer viable, or they want to avail themselves of opportunities to bring claims […]

Why international illegal logging might represent a risk for retailers

By Gwendoline Davies, Jane Weaver, Claire Burrows  A UK-based retailer might be forgiven for thinking that illegal logging in, say, Africa or India, is a world away from its business concerns. However, two recent prosecutions by the Office for Product and Safety Standards (OPSS) highlight that the Timber and Timber Products (Placing on the Market) Regulation […]

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Discrimination: is the next big thing ‘lookism’?

By Kevin McCavish Not for the first time the fashion industry is under fire for its recruitment policies. Could requiring staff to have a certain ‘look’ be the next form of discrimination? It was reported last week that US clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is being investigated by the French human rights watchdog over claims […]

Redundancy rut

If you’re from the UK, good news – the Government says we’re 1.4 per cent happier than we were last year. According to the Office for National Statistics, the proportion of people rating their life satisfaction as seven or more out of 10 has risen from 75.9 per cent to 77 per cent in a […]

Banking and finance news from Luxembourg: the law bill on patrimonial foundations

On 22 July 2013, the Luxembourg Minister of Finances introduced a new law bill, no. 6595, concerning the creation of patrimonial foundations in Luxembourg. The law bill no. 6595 on patrimonial foundations (the Law Bill) is in line with Luxembourg’s latest efforts to provide for a large range of legal instruments in the financial sector, […]

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Boys’ club justice is second rate

Judicial appointments system must be overhauled to boost the legitimacy of decision-making The concept of institutional discrimination is now familiar. It is seen in processes, attitudes and behaviours that amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice and stereotyping that disadvantage people in a minority group. One thinks immediately of the police and ethnic minorities, but what of […]

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Lawyer Management: Herbert Smith Freehills

Peter Chater has been head of resourcing at Herbert Smith Freehills since October 2008, when he joined from credit rating agency Fitch. Prior to that he worked at recruiter Hudson and in the HR team at Goldman Sachs. Chater studied politics in Warwick and, on graduating, spent a year as a police officer in the West […]

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