Directors are having to take decisions at speed across an ever-increasing range of issues, whether related to health and safety or HR matters, on-going trading or company finances. Aside from the ever-present implications of COVID-19, one theme that links all of these decisions is the framework within which they are taken. Directors of all UK companies must comply with their statutory duties under the Companies Act 2006.
To support our clients and contacts in the retail and hospitality sectors, Shoosmiths hosted a webinar on 30 July 2020 focusing on the role of technology in making retail and hospitality safe and savvy in a post-Covid world.
Shoosmiths’ Head of Real Estate North, Andrew Pattinson, discusses what a post-Covid Manchester might look like at Estates Gazette’s ‘Future of Manchester – A City Reborn’ virtual conference on 25th June 2020, alongside fellow panellists James Evans, Director at Savills and D’mitri Zaprzala, Head of Residential at Octopus Real Estate.
UK and EU competition law provides that retailers must be free to determine their own resale prices. Actions by suppliers to restrict this freedom by dictating a fixed or minimum resale price are prohibited.
With many of the UK’s once thriving town centres facing economic demise and a sharp decline in retail tenants, exacerbated by the global pandemic, we hosted a webinar where we summarised the recently published guidance from the government in relation to the £3.6bn Towns Fund which is intended to drive sustainable economic regeneration of towns across the UK.
In R(Grinham) v the Parole Board of England & Wales and the Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 2140 (Admin) the High Court quashed a decision of the Parole Board where it found that a prisoner’s oral hearing and a subsequent decision, refusing his release, had been marred by procedural unfairness.
On its session held on 30 July 2020, the Serbian Government adopted the Conclusion no. 05 401-6052 / 2020 (the ”Conclusion” or ”Second Package”), which extends the application of the first package of direct and fiscal benefits to business entities in the private sector, that was introduced in the Decree on Fiscal Benefits and Direct Aid to Companies in the Private Sector and Monetary Aid to Citizens Aimed at Reducing Economic Consequences due to COVID-19 (the “First Package”).
The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, or GDPR, is a set of EU regulations aimed at the protection of personal data and privacy of natural persons (not corporations) based within the EU. The GDPR has extraterritorial effect in that it applies to the processing of personal data of persons who are situated in the EU […]
In its landmark decision of 29 April 2020, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court held that the online use of a trademark or other sign must have a commercial effect in Switzerland for such use to be considered use in Switzerland. A global website targeted at a worldwide audience may have a commercial effect in Switzerland.
This article summarises the legislative developments and the main investigations carried out during 2019 by the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA).
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Dechert’s board in the US will have to disclose documents relating to its client, the RAK Investment Authority, as part of a human rights claim brought by a Jordanian lawyer and current prisoner. Karam Al Sadeq, who was imprisoned for fraud against RAKIA is bringing a lawsuit in England and Wales against the firm and […]
The Court of Appeal has said that a judicial review brought against the UK Government’s lockdown rules highlights ‘fundamental’ concerns over the accountability of ministers. Businessman Simon Dolan instructed Wedlake Bell in May, and then issued legal proceedings against the UK Government, Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care and Gavin […]
Profits and turnover at DAC Beachcroft rose over 2019/20, with the firm’s partnership also voting in managing partner David Pollitt for a second term in charge. The profit increase of seven per cent to £56m, previously £52m, came alongside three per cent growth in profit per partner to around £590,000. Revenue was up six per […]
A former Cooley lawyer, who was based in the firm’s UK office, has been charged with a series of fraud offences, including three counts of fraud by abuse of position. Joshua Brien, who joined Cooley as a special counsel back in 2017 but has since left the firm, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday […]
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has made 12 of its legal PAs redundant, following a consultation earlier in the month. WFW confirmed it has cut 12 roles due to the switch to remote working during the Covid-19 pandemic. In April, the firm furloughed 49 non-fee-earners in the UK and suspended partner distributions. Some staff also had their salaries […]
Eversheds Sutherland has published its trainee retention figures for the autumn. The firm is keeping on 38 of 43 UK qualifying trainees, giving it a retention rate of 88 per cent. All have been retained on permanent contracts. Additionally, it is retaining five qualifiers who completed a Hong Kong training contract. Overall, the firm’s global […]