Articles and Updates

Welcome to the January 2015 edition of Competition Matters, a briefing which provides a quick overview of the latest developments in UK and EU competition law and policy. 

Welcome to our first bulletin of 2015 – Happy New Year to you all. This month, and at a time when most of us have made New Year's resolutions to lose weight, we look at the case of Karston Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening, acting on behalf of the Municipality of Billund in which the ECJ considered whether obesity can be accepted as a disability in its own right under the Equal Treatment Framework Directive. We also look at an unfair dismissal case relating to offensive tweets that were not work related and on the hot topic of holiday pay, we look at what holiday is payable on the termination of employment.

James Falle and Catherine Haugh consider when authorities can or must allow bidders to correct errors in their tenders

Imagine this scenario: you spend weeks preparing a tender for a particularly important contract. After burning much midnight oil, you submit your tender and are quietly confident of your chances. Then the bombshell lands: the authority informs you that due to a clerical error your tender has been rejected.

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Welcome to the January edition of our IP and Rights Management E-bulletin. In this edition we discuss compliance when it comes to making marketing calls, mandatory privacy policies for app providers, how copyright reform is on the European Commission's agenda for 2015 and the recent decision by the Court of Appeal regarding unauthorised use of images. 

Hello and welcome to our Dispute Resolution bulletin which brings you practical legal updates together with industry-focused insights. We are a highly experienced commercial litigation team and experts in all aspects of disputes management and resolution. In all cases we work alongside our clients to identify and provide bespoke, pragmatic and cost-effective solutions.

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Last month our Charities and Social Enterprise Team hosted events in our Bristol and Exeter offices on campaigning by charities. The importance of the issue has since been emphasised by the publication this month of a Charity Commission report which criticises a campaign run by Oxfam (on the basis of its potential to be construed as politically biased).

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Over the last week, there's been a bit of an uproar in the High Court concerning reporting restrictions ... allow me to set the scene:

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At a conference held by the FCA at the end of last year, director of investigations Jamie Symington made it clear the regulator is comfortable making purposeful examples of people and firms in their enforcement work.

In particular he referred to the personal fine on three directors of Swinton Group in relation to sales tactics. He mentioned repeat offences and non-cooperation as issues being considered in other cases. Will this approach give rise to an increase in attestations?

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The new basic payment system provides lots of opportunity for farmers and landowners to review farming operations and occupancies of land. Opportunity always brings with it pitfalls and here are just some points that should be considered.

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What could be more important in a contract than price? And what, therefore, could be more important in the decision to award a public contract? Often, the answer is, "nothing".

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