Articles and Updates

As the cogs of justice crank back up to full speed following the summer break, Northern Ireland's publishers and journalists seem to have been handed a welcome boost by the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal (“NICA”).

As of 1 September 2014, Foot Anstey has joined the UK's leading Intellectual Property (IP) and design sector trade organisation, ACID (Anti Coping in Design), as a new legal affiliate.  

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The Government consulted on the planning issues of 'click and collect' developments during the Summer 2014 as part of a wider consultation exercise.

With IPSO opening for business for the first time next Monday, and Impress (the nascent rival regulator which says it is wholly independent of the industry) announcing the membership of its appointments panel, HTFP was right to remind us yesterday of one of the financial consequences of a regulator achieving recognition under the Royal Charter.

The Court of Appeal's recent decision in DWF LLP v The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, acting on behalf of the Insolvency Service is important for anyone involved in public procurement challenges.

Welcome to the August bulletin – it has been a quiet month for employment law developments. We are still waiting for the EAT's decision in the holiday pay including overtime set of cases and as soon as this makes headlines, we will report on this.

Mark Chanter, Head of the High Net Worth Matrimonial team at Foot Anstey, has worked as a mediator for many years. Until last year, mediation had become an increasingly important part of the divorce arena. However, following the withdrawal of Legal Aid in almost all cases, we have seen (almost predictably) a large increase in people acting in person and a vast drop in people going to mediation. This is disappointing, as research has shown that two thirds of the people who went to mediation reached an agreement in the process.

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James Falle, new procurement partner at Foot Anstey, has co- edited the newly published 2nd edition of the Government Procurement Review, a multi-jurisdictional review of public procurement law. This new edition now covers six continents and 24 national chapters (including the EU chapter).

The recent prosecution and guilty plea of the Northern Echo for identifying the victim of an alleged sexual assault, is a sharp reminder of just how careful the press has to be when reporting allegations of sexual assault.

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Welcome to the July bulletin – first up this month is a brief update on the eagerly awaited EAT case of Neil v Freightliner due to be heard on 30 and 31 July 2014. As soon as any further information is available following the hearing, we will share it with you!