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Agate JenniferAn article written by Jennifer Agate, senior associate in the firm's editorial & regulatory media team. Jennifer considers the recent case of Re Alcott, in which the High Court considered reporting in the context of family proceedings under the Hague Convention 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

This article appeared in Entertainment Law Review, Ent. L.R. 2017, 28(1), 29-31, reproduced here with the kind permission of the editor.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2016

COLLINGS JamesWhilst Christmas is generally considered a period of 'joy to the world', that isn't always true in the world of HR, with Christmas throwing up issues ranging from respect for different religions in the workplace, bonus issues, and holiday booking issues to name but a few. Perhaps the most common cause of headaches however is the work Christmas party, which not infrequently lead to issues (some of which the employer may find themselves vicariously liable for) ranging from minor property damage and drunken promises of pay rises, right the way up to harassment and serious physical and sexual assaults.

As we enter the month of Christmas parties and celebrations, employment partner James Collings, looks at how employers can limit risk during the party season and have a merry (and hassle free) break – hopefully! 


VALEJoThis article was first published on the specialist journalism website Hold the Front Page, and is brought to you by Jo Vale, solicitor in our editorial and regulatory media team.

There is already speculation that the scale of allegations emerging about sexual abuse in football will eclipse the Jimmy Savile revelations. The NSPCC has said that around 350 potential victims have reported sex abuse within British football. Last week there were 860 calls in the first week alone of the NSPCC helpline. The number of referrals to police and social services was much higher than in the Jimmy Savile enquiry over the same period.

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2016

SANKEY PaulPaul Sankey, partner, clinical negligencehighlights the ongoing implications of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board. This article first appeared in the Personal Injury Journal and has been reproduced with their kind permission.

A very significant change in the law took place in March 2015 which has serious implications for doctors discussing options for treatment with patients and obtaining consent for them. Read on, or download the full article here.

Tags: Clinical Negligence2016

Female red dress HRWelcome to the November bulletin. In this month's bulletin we round up the previous month's employment developments including the people issues arising from the Autumn Statement. In addition we examine the Uber case and take a look at the "gig economy" that is currently under the spotlight. We also provide an update on important changes in the financial services sector.

We have also included a survey to get your views on the Apprenticeship Levy and to help you start thinking about some of the issues that you might need to address.

Tags: Employment and Pensions2016

Agate JenniferJennifer Agate, senior associate in the firm's editorial & regulatory media team explains the points to consider when reporting before charge. This article was first published on the specialist journalism website Hold the Front Page.

For once, the latest privacy case heard in the High Court didn't involve the sexual shenanigans of a celebrity, but the facts surrounding a criminal investigation into possible financial crime.  The publisher, Associated Newspapers, wished to publish an article on the police investigation into allegations of financial crime by Company A.  As part of the investigation the claimant, the owner of Company A, had been interviewed under caution

Tags: Reputation ManagementMedia2016

Edward Venmore webFarming businesses are unusual. Often run by families who live and work together every day of the year. Like many families the topic of planning for the future can be a very difficult conversation to have. Sadly the failure to have those conversations is often what leads to very costly disputes and the breakup of families.

Edward Venmore, legal director, looks at some high profile disputes and provides practical advice on how to avoid these situations.

Tags: Private WealthProperty LitigationAgriculture2016

woolf joelPrivate Client analysis: The Autumn Statement 2016 is due to be published on 23 November. Here are a few predictions on the private client angle, courtesy of Helen McGhee, senior associate at Joseph Hage Aaronson, James Brockhurst, senior associate at Gowling WLG, Joel Woolf, partner in agriculture at Foot Anstey, and Clare Archer, partner at Penningtons Manches.

This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Financial Services on 28 September 2016. Click for a free trial of Lexis®PSL."


Zeri AlikiThe second Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round is set to commence in April 2017, according to the draft budget notice issued on 9 November 2016. Aliki Zeri, paralegal (Greek lawyer, LLM in Environmental Law) gives her analysis on the recent announcement.

Tags: Energy and RenewablesEnvironmental Law and Projects2016

Ed BodeyFinancial Services analysis: With approximately 93% of adults owning or using a mobile phone in the UK and the introduction of tokenisation services using near-field communication (NFC) technology, the idea of using mobile devices to pay is becoming increasingly common. Ed Bodey, senior associate, commercial team at Foot Anstey, and Nikki Johnstone, associate at Paul Hastings, explore the regulatory environment for providers of mobile payment solutions and the commercial challenges likely to influence their development.

"This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Financial Services on 28 September 2016. Click for a free trial of Lexis®PSL."

Tags: CommercialMedia2016

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