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Dec
15
2014

Software: goods or services - continued
#Dispute Resolution

In last month’s newsletter (“Software: goods or services?”) we discussed the recent court decision of Fern Computer Consultancy Ltd v Intergraph Cadworx & Analysis Solutions Inc. and the court’s confirmation of the distinction between agents who sell “goods” as opposed to agents who only sell “services”. The court considered that the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993 (“the Regulations”) – which afford important protections to agents who sell goods but not services in the EU – may apply to the supply of software but only if it is accompanied by some form of physical delivery (i.e. through a dongle, with documentation, or on a CD). ...

Dec
05
2014

A Business Partner`s Entitlement to Apply for a new Lease under the landlord and tenant act 1954
#Commercial Real Estate

The Court of Appeal (CA) has very recently decided that an application for a new business tenancy made by one of two business partners was not a valid application where the existing lease was held by both partners. The CA`s decision held that both joint tenants must join in any application for a new tenancy under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 ("the Act") unless there is an applicable statutory exception. The case in question is Lie v Mohile [2014] EWCA Civ 728....

Dec
04
2014

No appeal in holiday pay overtime cases
#Employment

UNITE, which represents the claimants in the Hertel (UK) Ltd v Woods and others UKEAT/0160/14 and AMEC Group Ltd v Law and others UKEAT/0161/14 cases, has announced that it will not be appealing the EAT's decision. The indications are that the employers in these cases will not be appealing either.  This means that the legal position in relation to overtime and holiday pay, in light of these cases...

Dec
04
2014

New smartphone for Christmas? How will you use it at work?
#Employment

It is quite possible that many of your employees will receive new smartphones, tablets and laptops as Christmas gifts. It seems timely, therefore, to take a moment to consider what issues might arise from allowing employees to use such gadgets in the workplace....

Dec
03
2014

The Bribery Act: Three Years On
#Public Sector

The Bribery Act 2010 (the Act) came into force on 1 July 2011 amid much fanfare. The question has arisen on a number of occasions since then whether or not the various offences within the Act are being enforced. The matter was addressed in November of this year, in a speech by Stuart Alford QC, the Joint Head of Fraud at the SFO. Mr Alford noted that the offences under the Act are taken seriously and referred to prosecution currently ongoing in Southwark Crown Court, with charges under the Act included as part of a much larger fraud prosecution....

Dec
01
2014

Restaurants battle it out
#Commercial Real Estate

The restaurant sector has always been fast moving and competitive. Buoyed by current eating trends and increased consumer spending the newer restaurant brands are expanding their mini empires whilst the larger operators are protecting their market share with modern renovations and a determined push to grow still further....

Nov
28
2014

Final shared parental leave and pay regulations published and in force from 1 December 2014
#Employment

The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3050) and the Statutory Shared Parental Pay (General) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3051) have been made final this week. They both come into force on Monday 1 December 2014 in respect of children whose expected week of childbirth or placement for adoption is after 5 April 2015 There appear to be no significant changes from the draft regulations....

Nov
28
2014

Shared parental leave policy on employmentbuddy
#Employment

This is now available to download here. As the regulations are notoriously complicated (and only just made final this week), plus  this is all very new territory for employers to get their heads around, we may revise the policy before 5 April 2015. Keep an eye out, we will update you....

Nov
21
2014

Enforced subject access requests will be a criminal offence from 1 December
#Employment

With effect from 1 December 2014, section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) will come into force, making it a criminal offence to request an enforced subject access request. Enforced subject access occurs where one person is compelled, for example by an employer or prospective employer, to make a subject access request under the DPA and then provide the response. Employers cannot apply f...

Nov
21
2014

Redundant employees on maternity leave - when does the special protection against dismissal arise?
#Employment

When it becomes apparent during maternity leave that the employee`s role is redundant, at what point does the obligation offer suitable alternative employment arise under regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999? Could it be when the restructuring is complete, which could be when the employee is returning from maternity leave or even after her return, which could then re...

Nov
17
2014

Clarkslegal advises BNP Paribas owned LaSer Loyalty SAS on sale of software company to MasterCard
#Corporate

Clarkslegal`s corporate team, led by Partner Ashan Arif, successfully advised BNP Paribas owned LaSer Loyalty SAS on its multi-million Euro sale of 5one Marketing Limited, a consultancy providing services, analysis and software to retailers, to MasterCard. The deal includes the sale of 5one`s US and South African subsidiaries....

Nov
14
2014

Employment tribunal was biased because it relied on online research
#Employment

We are perhaps all guilty of doing some quick research online to make our presentations look more credible However, when can an employment tribunal do some research before making a decision? The answer is no, not if the parties do not agree to it. The EAT has ruled that a tribunal committed a procedural error in searching on the internet for evidence that supported a claimant`s case that she was...

Nov
14
2014

Are your union agreements clear as to whether trade union duties count as working time?
#Employment

An employment tribunal has confirmed that time spent by trade union representatives attending union meetings was not "working time" within the meaning of the Working Time Regulations 1998. A health and safety representative and a shop steward brought claims against their employer after it refused to take into account time spent on their union activities when calculating the 11 hour rest period th...

Nov
10
2014

Empty property rates following a disclaimer
#Commercial Real Estate

The High Court has clarified the position on who is responsible for business rates following disclaimer of a lease in Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust and another v Birmingham City Council [2014]....

Nov
10
2014

The AGA Saga continues...an update
#Commercial Real Estate

The recent case of Tindall Cobham 1 Ltd v Adda Hotels [2014] has questioned the position reached by the K/S Victoria v House of Fraser (Store Management) Ltd [2011] case. As we reported in our update "A Guarantor or not a guarantor? That is the question." the K/S Victoria case confirmed that a lease obligation requiring an existing group company guarantor to guarantee the lease obligations of an associated assignee company was void....

Nov
10
2014

Scaffolding affecting tenant`s enjoyment
#Commercial Real Estate

In Century Projects Limited v Almacantar (Centre Point) Limited & others [2014], the claimant tenant held a 36 year lease of the top floors of Centre Point Tower at Tottenham Court Road, London which it used as a high class restaurant and private members` club. It sought an injunction to restrain the landlord from carrying out external works to the cladding of the tower which involved the erection of scaffolding around the building, including scaffolding at the level of the top floors....

Nov
10
2014

Break clauses and overpaid sums
#Commercial Real Estate

The Court of Appeal has recently reversed the decision of the High Court in the controversial case of Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited and (2) BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company Limited [2013]....

Nov
10
2014

Breach of covenant preventing assignment
#Commercial Real Estate

In Singh v Dhanji [2014], a landlord refused to grant to the tenant licence to assign a 15 year lease of premises used as a dental practice unless the tenant:...

Nov
07
2014

"Non-guaranteed" overtime must be included in the calculation of holiday pay
#Employment

The Employment Appeal has given its judgment in the case of three appeals - Bear Scotland Ltd and others v Fulton and others [2014], and Hertel (UK) Ltd v Woods and others [2014] and Amec Group Ltd v Law and others [2014]. The common issue in each of these cases was the calculation of holiday pay. The cases centered round the interpretation of Article 7 of the Working Time Directive. This Article reads as follows:...

Nov
07
2014

Download Buddy`s Ebola guidance notes for free
#Employment

Employmentbuddy has just published two new free documents: Ebola - guidance for employers Ebola - information and guidance for employees We have made these documents accessible to all members. Please sign in to download your free copies. If you require further assistance please contact a member of the Employmentbuddy team....

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