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Council's Drafting Error Opens Way for Change of Use

Planning permissions mean what they say and judges are very reluctant to imply terms into them,...

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

When a contract is breached and one party suffers a loss as a result, they are normally entitled...

Part-Time Workers and Discrimination

The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (PTWR), which...

National Minimum Wage Rates 2018-2019

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission's recommended rates for the National Living...

EU Proposes Steady as She Goes on IP Rights

In a knowledge-based economy, the protection of intellectual property is often of existential...

Common Pitfalls of the Office Christmas Party

The annual Christmas party offers employers the chance to thank members of staff for their hard...

Economic Reality Telling Factor in Planning Appeal

Aesthetic opinions differ dramatically and, in planning disputes, one property owner's dream is...

Equal Pay - Can You Compare One Type of Job With Another?

For the purposes of equal pay legislation, can workers doing one job compare themselves with...

The Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme

Following a four-week pilot scheme, the Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme is now open to...

X Marks the Spot in IP Battle

Trade marks are jealously protected by their owners. A recent case shows how even seemingly...

Business Rates Reform on the Agenda?

There has been much grumbling over the years about the fact that where a tenant occupies multiple...

Uber Drivers Are Workers, Rules EAT

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the decision of the Employment Tribunal last year...

Banter Doesn't Create a Contract

The trouble with light-hearted discussions of important business matters in a social context is...

Employee, Worker or Self-Employed Contractor?

When distinguishing between employees, workers and self-employed contractors, bargaining positions...

Use It or Lose It

Having a trade mark is all well and good, but a recent case should serve as a reminder that...

Company Credit Status Must Stand Alone

You may think that if people of substance are behind a business you have a dispute with, this acts...

Employment Tribunal Fee Refund Scheme Launched

In July 2013, the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order introduced...

Discrimination on the Grounds of Religion or Belief

A Pentecostal Christian has failed to persuade the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that the...

Government Makes Tendering Process Easier

The complexity and length of the tendering process for government contracts has for many years...

Parental Bereavement Bill Published

Employers are not currently required to give paid leave to grieving parents. Section 57A(1) of the...

Do You Know Who Actually Owns the Patents You Depend On?

A great many companies depend on patents for their profitability, and doubts over ownership of...

Breach of Contract - Court Takes Commercial Approach

Making the right decisions in the immediate aftermath of a breach of contract is of critical...

'Pre-Pack' Administration and TUPE

Whilst the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) operate...

Landlord's Motivation for Work Not in Point, Rules Court

A recent case decided by the High Court will (if not overturned on appeal) have potential...

Recovery of Cross-Border Debts

Firms and people who fail to pay their bills are a significant nuisance for any business, but when...

GDPR - ICO Consults on Written Contracts

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will apply to all EU member states from...

Court Robust in Protection of Motor Giant Trade Mark

Motor giant BMW, challenging a decision over the use of its trade mark with which it disagreed,...
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