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May
29
2015

Queen's speech: Government presses ahead with EU referendum and trade union reform
#Employment

In the Queen’s speech this week, the new Conservative Government set out its legislative programme. The big news is the EU Referendum Bill and the commitment to an in/out referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union which will take place by 2017 at the latest. There is speculation it could be held as early as autumn 2016....

May
29
2015

Global supply chains and human rights: new obligations for business from October 2015
#Employment

Since the Modern Slavery Act 2015 received Royal Assent before the general election campaign, the significance of the Act to business and global supply chains is starting to become better understood. One of the first measures of its kind in the world, the Modern Slavery Act not only imposes for the first time a legal obligation on business to take steps to combat forced labour and human trafficking, it represents another important step in recognising the responsibility of the global business community to ensure human rights are respected. ...

May
27
2015

When is a coffee shop not a coffee shop?
#Real Estate

In the recent article “A glass of wine at Starbucks? Is diversification the answer for retailers?” we explored the growing number of retailers seeking to diversify their offering to increase customer numbers and improve profits....

May
26
2015

Public procurement: a reminder of the importance of record-keeping
#Public Procurement

A recent High Court decision has emphasised the importance to contracting authorities of creating a clear document trail when evaluating tenders in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015....

May
22
2015

Don’t wind me up!
#Restructuring & Insolvency #Dispute Resolution

A winding up petition can be a very effective tool to persuade a reluctant debtor to pay an outstanding invoice. Not only is there the prospect of the company being placed into liquidation, a petition can be advertised seven business days after it is served. Advertisement typically results in the company’s bank account being frozen, which will inevitably have a paralysing effect on its business. Once this stage has been reached the company may have passed the point of no return....

May
21
2015

Bakery discriminated in "Gay Cake" row
#Employment

A county court in Northern Ireland has found in favour of a gay couple in a judgment this week in publicised Ashers Bakery case. ...

May
21
2015

International students: a valuable resource for UK employers
#Immigration

A report published this week by London First and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) claims to quantify, for the first time, the positive effect of London’s 67,000 non-EU international students....

May
21
2015

Pensions regulator issues daily fines of up to £10,000 for auto-enrolment non compliance
#Employment

Since 1 January 2015, the Pensions Regulator has used its powers for the first time to issue “escalating penalty notices”. ...

May
18
2015

Support our Nominated Charities in the Cardiff Half Marathon
#Clarkslegal

To raise money for The Wallich, one of our nominate charities for the year, six of our Cardiff office are running the Cardiff Half Marathon, on Sunday 4th October. ...

May
15
2015

European Court of Justice confirms Woolworth's decision in Northern Ireland case
#Employment

The European Court of Justice has confirmed its approach in the Woolworths case in a further judgment of the ECJ handed down this week in Lyttle and others v Bluebird UK Bidco 2 Ltd (C-182/13). ...

May
15
2015

The new Conservative Government's employment law plans
#Employment

So, after the excitement of the General Election last week, what does the new Conservative Government have in store on the employment law front?...

May
11
2015

Managing Partner David Rintoul attends TAGLaw International Conference in Scotland
#Clarkslegal

Clarkslegal’s international legal alliance, TAGLaw’s, recently held its 32nd international conference in Edinburgh, attended by our Managing Partner, David Rintoul. The conference, which took place on May 4-6, 2015, provided TAGLaw® members with the opportunity to strengthen the relationships they create within the alliance of more than 150 law firms from around the world. ...

May
11
2015

Careful now – what is the extent of a professional consultant’s duty to warn?
#Construction

The recent Goldswain case gave the High Court the opportunity to summarise the relevant case law relating to the extent of a consultant’s duty to warn its client in relation to the potential failings of other parties or of the client itself....

May
07
2015

Sexually harassed employee awarded £19,500
#Employment

An Employment Tribunal has awarded a zero-hours worker £19,500 for injury to feelings. It was found that the employer had failed to take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment by the employee’s line manager....

May
07
2015

British Gas files appeal in Lock holiday pay case
#Employment

On 26 March 2015, we reported the employment tribunal decision in the Lock v British Gas case, which followed on from the European Court of Justice decision in the matter last year....

May
06
2015

Websites from Hell
#Crisis Management #Dispute Resolution

The recent case of Rada-Ortiz v Espinosa-Vadillo is welcome news for employers and others dealing with the actions of a disgruntled ex-employee....

Apr
30
2015

Woolworth's case: ECJ upholds UK law in welcome decision for employers
#Employment

In a much welcomed decision for employers, the European Court of Justice in the Woolworths/Ethel Austin case has followed the decision of the Advocate General which we reported on 6 February 2015 (Advocate General's opinion in Woolworths' case: employers now optimistic that consultation decision will be overruled)....

Apr
30
2015

Rent Deposits – A brief overview
#Real Estate

A rent deposit is money provided by a tenant to its landlord as security for payment of the rent and performance of the tenant’s covenants contained in the lease. A rent deposit deed will specify the circumstances in which the landlord can draw on this money and the conditions that must be satisfied for the deposit to be repaid to the tenant. ...

Apr
24
2015

Hinduja Group President confirms India is open for business
#Clarkslegal

This Wednesday, April 22nd, Clarkslegal and James Cowper Kreston successfully co-hosted their ‘Trading with India: The Hinduja Group Perspective’ event at the University of Reading, where they were delighted to be joined by keynote speaker Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) & Company Secretary of the Hinduja Group....

Apr
24
2015

Build! Build! Build! (and other real estate election pledges)
#Real Estate

Last week saw the launch of five of the main UK political party manifestos. Rarely read in detail by the voting public these tomes are often used to set out headline grabbing promises in the hope that they may sway the floating voter. ...

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