Articles and Updates

This week the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) published a consultation on reform of the current business energy efficiency tax landscape. This is a wide reaching consultation which could affect your business.

Tags: Energy and Environment2015

Welcome to the September bulletin. For a quick overview of the key developments from this month see our "in brief" article – designed for you to get up to speed at a glance. We also take a more focused look at recent developments in apprenticeships and the rolling out of the new fit for work service. In addition we also summarise two recent cases. The first is a recent EAT case which found that an employee who was on long term sick leave was not assigned to activities that were the subject of a service provision change and did not transfer under TUPE as a result. The second relates to the extent to which HR's involvement in disciplinary decisions can impact on the fairness of a dismissal where the advice provided by HR to an investigating officer goes beyond matters of law and procedure, and strays into questions of culpability.


Welcome to the September edition of our IP and Rights Management bulletin. In this edition we discuss the long running battle between confectionary giants Nestlé and Cadbury over registration of the three-dimensional shape of Nestlé's Kit Kat bar, the objection to the 'The Great British Bake Off's' recent advert, the public consultation launched by the European Commission to review the Satellite and Cable Directive (SatCab) and the UK Intellectual Property Office's (IPO) decision to interpret genuine use of a Community Trade Mark narrowly.


Given the current challenges facing the social housing sector and the need for registered providers (RP's) to be maintaining an asset and liability register, now is the time to reassess the value in your stock and potential opportunities to gain from any additional income.

Tags: Real Estate2015

Like so many areas of law, family law is going through a massive change at present. This is not just the removal of Legal Aid from a large number of clients who need it. It is not just the massive hike in fees to use the courts. It is the types of cases that come before the Court, which reflect the change in society as a whole.

Tags: Family Law2015

As my colleagues and I have covered many times in this column, the Defamation Act 2013 created the "serious harm" test, which a claimant in libel has to overcome in order to have a valid claim.

A decision handed down last week in a case involving a firm of solicitors against "Persons Unknown" has added the next chapter to the serious harm tale.

Tags: Media2015

More and more farmers and landowners are seeking to maximise the return from their land by diversifying away from traditional business structures. Landowners have built and let holiday cottages, let camping pitches, and now, an increasing number are installing solar panels and wind turbines.

Tags: Agriculture2015

In a Spanish case, the ECJ has followed the Advocate General's ("AGs") opinion by finding that for workers who do not have a fixed or habitual place of work, the time spent travelling each day between their homes and the premises of the first and last customers designated by their employer is "working time" for the purposes of the Working Time Directive ("WTD").


Funding and finance are the lifeblood of any organisation.

Following recent Government announcements and policy changes, access to direct funding is becoming increasingly difficult and social housing organisations across the country are reviewing their business models, looking for alternative income and funding streams.

Tags: Real Estate2015

Regular readers of this column will know that every so often, I get agitated about Courts which wrongly impose reporting restrictions. So it's only fair to publicise a certain Judge in a certain Court who did not make a reporting restriction Order, because it's an interesting tale from which all Court reporters might benefit, I think.