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HR Law - February 2019

Welcome to the February edition of HR Law.

Drainage Cartel: Claiming financial compensation for inflated product prices

Three of the UK's leading drainage product manufacturers - Stanton Bonna, CPM Group and FP McCann - have been provisionally found to have broken competition law by operating a cartel. This gives buyers and end users of their products the possibility of claiming financial compensation for inflated prices caused by the cartel.

Pensions: What should you look out for in 2019?

As ever in the pensions world, the new year brings yet more change and challenges for both employers and trustees. We've looked at the key trends and developments we expect to see and the questions clients are asking.

It’s time small firms got justice from the banks

Partner Ned Beale talks about the changes in the culture of financial services in The Times.

What to expect in 2019

What does 2019 have in store for employment law?

How to decide whether to use an agent or a distributor to grow your business

If you are either starting up or scaling up your business (particularly in a new territory or market), you may want to consider first appointing an agent or distributor to promote and/or sell your goods and/or services, in order to gain entry into a market, drive sales or gain recognition for your brand. In addition to agency and distribution, you may have already considered options such as a joint venture, or franchising as your channel, as well as direct sales and online presence.

Supreme Court backs tenant in landmark decision

In S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2018] UKSC 62 the Supreme Court has given landlords and tenants of commercial premises new guidance on the operation of ground (f) of section 30(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, in particular a landlord's ability to refuse a new business lease to its tenant on grounds that the landlord intends to redevelop the premises.

HR Law - January 2019

Welcome to the January edition of HR Law

Licensing and leisure team update

Welcome to our December 2018 bulletin, in which we consider topical issues for the licensing and leisure sectors. In this edition we focus on Temporary Event Notices (TENS); the Welsh Government's minimum unit pricing for alcohol; an update on the draft London Plan; Westminster City Council's proposed levy on new hotels and 'Special Policy Areas'.

Future of work - Government publishes good work plan

The Government has published its Good Work Plan today. The Plan sets out the Government's vision for the future of the UK labour market, as well as how it intends to implement the recommendations arising from the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

How to set up an EMI option scheme

People can make or break your business — so the importance of having the right people and retaining talent usually comes back to one thing — incentivisation. The word “incentive” can raise alarm bells for early stage businesses, as you simply don’t have the financial resources to pay competitive salaries and bonuses.

Building Interest Autumn 2018

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of Building Interest.

Private Wealth Newsletter - December 2018

Welcome to the December edition of the Private Wealth newsletter.

Brexit update: what does it all mean for employment?

Ever since the full text of the draft EU-UK withdrawal agreement was published, the press has been rife with reports of a beleaguered Theresa May. So what happens next? The short answer seems to be anyone's guess! However, in terms of procedure there are a number of steps that need to be taken before we have any certainty.

Tracing the proceeds of cybercrime

One of the challenges in pursuing cybercriminals relates to the speed at which funds that have been misappropriated can be transferred to accounts in foreign jurisdictions which can obstruct the process of tracing and freezing the money. The recent case of CMOC Sales and Marketing Ltd v Persons Unknown [2018] EWHC 2230 (Comm) has confirmed that it is possible to secure worldwide freezing injunctions against 'persons unknown' to assist with this issue.

At last, guidance from BEIS - but does it help?

Following the Court of Appeal's ruling in the Mencap case (Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts, Frudd and another v The Partington Group Ltd, and Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake) in July, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today issued a revision to its guidance on sleep-in shifts.

Three ways in which business can take on more people

In our last blog we talked about things to consider when you need to take on more people, and that ultimately the needs of your business will dictate the type of working relationship you decide to go for — whether it’s seasonal hires, or to outsource one-off projects to a self-employed contractor, or if you need someone to turn up regularly as an employee.

Quarterly Housing Update Autumn 2018

Welcome to the autumn edition of Quarterly Housing Update.

Cryptocurrency and Fraud

A cryptocurrency is an electronic coin or token, usually adopted through a blockchain ledger which will record its transactions (for more information on blockchain technology, see our previous article on the subject). There are currently hundreds of different cryptocurrencies in existence; many of which were created for a specific purpose (i.e. perhaps to facilitate fast and cost effective international transactions, for gaming and social media or for data storage and security). In respect of the former, the ability to transfer value (through a cryptocurrency) could bypass major currency fluctuations or bank charges.

Five steps to consider when you need more people

As you are growing, your business may need more people. There are various ways in which you can employ staff so you’ll need to think about your specific requirements — for example, you may need seasonal hires, or one-off projects or work (known as a gig!) or more people in your team on an ongoing basis.

Blockchain and Cybersecurity

Blockchain is a technology which allows a decentralised and distributed ledger of information (split into blocks, and encrypted using cryptography) to be shared and maintained between multiple users. In the case of a public blockchain, and in order to link a new block, the other users in the network validate the entry by solving complex computational problems.

HR Law - November 2018

Welcome to the November 2018 edition of HR Law

TUPE toolkit

Do you get the impression there is only one approach to TUPE? Do you know how to take advantage of recent case-law? We can show you creative solutions to TUPE challenges to give a better outcome for your business.

Creating and operating a successful fire trading company

We have partnered with Grant Thornton, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and Fire Industry Association (FIA) to produce guidance on creating and operating a successful fire trading company. The booklet is useful for those providing advisory services in this area.

Collaboration and successful partnerships: Delivering homes and communities

The long established approach to development whereby local authorities provide the land and a private sector partner contributes the money is becoming less common and less clear cut. Delivery partners are looking at new ways to harness their combined strengths to work together more successfully. We hosted a roundtable at London Real Estate Forum (LREF) with key industry figures from both the public and private sectors with a wealth of experience in setting up and working in partnerships.

Morrisons data breach case

Court of Appeal rules that Morrisons is vicariously liable for employee's deliberate disclosure of personal data of co-workers.

Three things to consider in getting your Terms & Conditions properly incorporated

Every business needs this — whenever operating on standard terms and conditions, there is always the challenge of ensuring they are properly incorporated. This challenge could arise with each and every negotiation where the parties are trying to conclude the contract on their own standard terms and conditions.

Technology, data and fraud

The way in which organisations buy and sell products and services has changed dramatically over the last 30 years. Advancements in technology have led to innovation, which in turn has fuelled competition amongst almost all industries and sectors.

Thinking Real Estate Issue 7

Welcome to the seventh edition of Thinking Real Estate, where we share thoughts and ideas on topics across the real estate industry.

SHPS Valuation - the results are in!

The actuarial valuation results for the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) have been released. They will make sobering reading for many employers participating in that scheme.

Internal Investigations in the wake of SFO v ENRC

As lawyers, we regularly carry out investigations on behalf of our clients on a wide range of issues. Clients approach us with problems, and we come up with solutions to help navigate uncertain waters.

Housing Matters - October 2018

Welcome to the October edition of Housing Matters

Intermediate care: How can private care operators provide pain relief for the NHS?

Over the previous winter the average hospital had approximately 200 patients on its wards who had been deemed medically fit for discharge at a cost estimated to be between £300 and £360 a day. Many care providers have said there is sufficient availability in their sector to accommodate these patients, so why aren’t the transfers taking place and what can be done to avoid the crisis repeating itself this winter?

Top five tips for marketing

In your early stage, it’s often difficult to know which marketing channels will be best for your business and how much time and energy to put into each one, so we’ve put together a short guide to help you with your initial go-to-market plan. We’ve already written about the legals behind marketing in our previous blogs, such as branding, patents, data privacy and information law (GDPR), so bear this in mind when developing what you’re going to do.

The Package Travel Regulations 2018

On 1 July 2018, The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 (PTR 2018) came in to force and replaced the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 (PTR 1992).

HR Law - October 2018

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of HR Law.

TUPE Update September 2018

Here is our latest update of all the TUPE developments and case law you need to know about.

Seven top tips for Intellectual Property and your website

One of the most important things for you when you first start your business is to build an effective online presence through your website. It’s your shop window to the world — and there are so many aspects to consider, but putting aside things like marketing, messaging, your proposition, reaching the right customers, persona’s, user experience journeys, feedback, data analytics, integration, privacy, data security etc etc. — we’ve restricted this blog to IP “Intellectual property” which covers some of these areas, but from an IP point of view.

Tackling tenure: balancing operational flexibility with customer certainty

Following Savills’ and Trowers & Hamlins’ successful retirement for rent roundtable in late 2017, chaired by Jane Ashcroft CBE, we reconvened for a further discussion in spring 2018 to move the conversation forward.

Building Interest Summer 2018

Welcome to the Summer 2018 edition of Building Interest.