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In June, the '.uk' top-level domain was launched. The .uk extension indicates an organisation in the UK, as opposed to the '.co.uk' one, which has been used for many years to indicate a commercial organisation in the UK. Most countries have domain suffixes...
All too often, the wrangling over the financial arrangements on divorce turns out to be lengthy, expensive and a cause of anxiety and anger. In order to reduce these negative aspects, Mr Justice Mostyn has released a statement outlining procedures designed...
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014/2015 has now been published. It will introduce a wide variety of measures aimed at reducing barriers to business innovation and growth. Employment measures include making exclusivity clauses in zero...
If everyone chose to work one year longer, gross domestic product could increase by 1% – the equivalent of £16 billion in 2013, according to government figures. Almost a quarter of a million more people aged 65 and over have opted to stay in...
Any application for property development has to be considered against the local development plan. In addition to the plan, the planning officer must also take account of the local development policy and any other material considerations. When an application...
A revised Shareholder Rights Directive has recently been published that will give shareholders greater rights in the determination of executive pay. The proposed measures will apply to listed companies and, among many changes, will allow shareholders to...
As the legislation introduced by the Government relating to Workplace Pensions in 2012 starts to affect more and more UK employers, it's becoming clear that there are a number of unintended consequences, which can impact on NEDs , as well as agency...
The Assisted Dying Bill was recently debated in the House of Lords and appears to have a better chance of becoming law than three similar Bills introduced into Parliament in the last decade. The latest Bill is the response to a 2012 report from the...
The relaxation of permitted development rights will mean that many holders of agricultural land will be able to develop buildings on their properties for residential purposes. In many cases the gains on such developments will be exempt from Capital Gains...
Following the introduction of Employment Tribunal (ET) fees in July 2013, the UK's largest public service trade union, Unison, supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, brought judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of the new...
On 1 October 2014, top foodie movers and shakers gathered at Puxton Park, North Somerset to receive a professional master class on turning small businesses into winning brands. The event was co-hosted by Gregg Latchams and ActionCOACH . Around 50...
A dock worker who was summarily dismissed for gross misconduct following an alleged incident involving him and a fellow worker has been awarded a total of £45,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation...
From 1st October new Intestacy Rules apply to estates of people dying in England and Wales. These rules only apply where someone dies without having made a valid Will. Because the rules are arbitrary and historically have tended to get out of date with...
When an elderly woman died and left her entire estate to her window cleaner, rather than the nephew who had looked after her for a very long period of time, a challenge to her will was always likely. The nephew claimed that the woman had promised to leave...
In his recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Chancellor George Osborne announced the latest Government proposals for pension reform, which are intended to offer business owners and their professional advisers greater flexibility and to make...
The High Court has lamented the expenditure of almost £1 million in legal costs by a warring ex-couple whose acrimonious divorce had descended into a murky world of lies, private detectives, hidden assets and mutual accusations of skulduggery and...
Just because a new software product produces the same results, operates in a similar fashion or looks similar to pre-existing software does not mean that the copyright in the original software has been infringed. When the owner of a sophisticated business...
Three fraternity brothers develop the idea for a social networking app during their summer holidays which, a few years later, is valued at billions of dollars. The co-founders fall out and litigation ensues. In many ways, the dispute between Frank...
Many court battles arise because of a lack of clarity in documentation which leaves an agreement capable of being interpreted in more than one way. A recent case , which involved a landowner's access to his property, illustrates this point. The conveyance...
In a test case that entailed a lengthy analysis of the law of nuisance , a water company whose sewer was blocked by concrete in a freak accident has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that it is entitled to compensation for its loss. A construction...

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In June, the '.uk' top-level domain was launched. The .uk extension indicates an organisation in the UK, as opposed to the '.co.uk' one, which has been used for many years to indicate a commercial organisation in the UK. Most countries have domain suffixes...
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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014/2015 has now been published. It will introduce a wide variety of measures aimed at reducing barriers to business innovation and growth. Employment measures include making exclusivity clauses in zero...
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If everyone chose to work one year longer, gross domestic product could increase by 1% – the equivalent of £16 billion in 2013, according to government figures. Almost a quarter of a million more people aged 65 and over have opted to stay in...
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A revised Shareholder Rights Directive has recently been published that will give shareholders greater rights in the determination of executive pay. The proposed measures will apply to listed companies and, among many changes, will allow shareholders to...
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As the legislation introduced by the Government relating to Workplace Pensions in 2012 starts to affect more and more UK employers, it's becoming clear that there are a number of unintended consequences, which can impact on NEDs , as well as agency...
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The relaxation of permitted development rights will mean that many holders of agricultural land will be able to develop buildings on their properties for residential purposes. In many cases the gains on such developments will be exempt from Capital Gains...
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Following the introduction of Employment Tribunal (ET) fees in July 2013, the UK's largest public service trade union, Unison, supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, brought judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of the new...
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A dock worker who was summarily dismissed for gross misconduct following an alleged incident involving him and a fellow worker has been awarded a total of £45,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation...
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In his recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Chancellor George Osborne announced the latest Government proposals for pension reform, which are intended to offer business owners and their professional advisers greater flexibility and to make...
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Just because a new software product produces the same results, operates in a similar fashion or looks similar to pre-existing software does not mean that the copyright in the original software has been infringed. When the owner of a sophisticated business...
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Three fraternity brothers develop the idea for a social networking app during their summer holidays which, a few years later, is valued at billions of dollars. The co-founders fall out and litigation ensues. In many ways, the dispute between Frank...
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In a test case that entailed a lengthy analysis of the law of nuisance , a water company whose sewer was blocked by concrete in a freak accident has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that it is entitled to compensation for its loss. A construction...
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From 1 October 2014, the following changes to employment law were implemented: Time Off to Accompany a Pregnant Woman to Ante-Natal Appointments An expectant father or the partner (including a same-sex partner) of a pregnant woman is now entitled to take...
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In a case which revealed that alternative dispute resolution is not always a panacea , the Court of Appeal has lamented the 'melancholy fact' that the parties to an apparently commonplace commercial dispute were still engaged in costly litigation more than...
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In the unusual case of Embassy of Brazil v De Castro Cerqueira , which raised novel issues relating to the service of employment proceedings on foreign sovereign states, a worker who was dismissed from the Brazilian Embassy in London on reaching the age...
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When the Australian Tax Office (ATO) made a request to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for information about a number of UK companies, HMRC was happy to comply with the request, despite the fact that the companies claimed to have received no notice that...
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In an important victory for developers, which also represents a serious blow to those committed to preserving open spaces for public recreation, a campaigner has failed to convince the Supreme Court that a playing field which had been used by local people...
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The Court of Appeal has concluded that a product description which contains a geographical term can constitute 'passing off' if the product does not in fact come from the place named. The description of a product as 'Greek' (in this case Greek yoghurt)...
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The purpose of EU Directive 92/85EC – the Pregnant Workers Directive – is 'to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding'. In the UK, surrogacy is...
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There is all the difference in the world between deceit and hard bargaining, as a recent case shows. It involved a disgruntled company which failed to convince the High Court that it had missed out on a multi-million-pound oil and gas exploration deal due...
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Two leading investment banks have achieved tax savings of almost £100 million after the Court of Appeal accepted that schemes designed to avoid payment of Income Tax (IT) and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on employee bonuses lawfully...
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When a tenant failed to include precisely the right wording for exercising its right to break its lease, the court ruled that use of the exact words specified was not necessary and therefore disallowed the landlord's claim that the break notice was invalid. ...
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Expectations for manufacturing output growth in the next three months are strong, despite an easing of pace over the past quarter, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey. And export order books have recovered after a dip last month, though...
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A farming company in Cheshire has been fined £50,000 after a 30-year-old worker suffered fatal injuries when a 1.5 tonne concrete panel fell on him. Sean Bennett was helping to construct a new cowshed at Yew Tree Farm in Stanthorne when the accident...
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Gregg Latchams  and ActionCOACH will be hosting an event at one of North Somerset’s success stories , Puxton Park on 1st October – 10 am till 1:30 pm The event will explore: How to create and legally protect a brand How...