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Female red dress HRWelcome to the May bulletin where we summarise the main developments from the last month.

In particular, our "in brief" article highlights anticipated changes in employment law that employers should be prepared for arising from the Trade Union Act, the Immigration Act and the Enterprise Act. We summarise a recent decision which further loosens the link required to be established between an employee's misconduct and their disability to bring a discrimination arising from disability claim.

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SPENSLEY EloiseIn this article,  published on the specialist journalism website Hold the Front Page, Eloise Spensley, Trainee Chartered Legal Executive, explains that whatever your thoughts on the PJS saga, one thing is for certain; the case has sparked a huge debate on the validity of injunctive relief in the modern digital age.

Along with the tabloid editors and a significant proportion of the legal profession, I waited with bated breath on Thursday morning to learn the decision of the Supreme Court concerning the much discussed PJS injunction. As I watched, I couldn’t help but wonder if, whatever the outcome may be, this was to be the end of the privacy injunction as we've known it. And if so, what would this mean for the regional press?

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KINGABY NicolaThis article is brought to you by Nicola Kingaby, senior associate in our commercial team.

Whatever your favourite sport, it’s the uncertainty of the result that makes it interesting, exciting, worth watching, be it from the terraces, court side or from in front of the TV.

  


Joel Woolf In this article, Joel Woolf, partner and head of our agriculture and rural business team, looks at what happens when a farming business makes no attempt to resolve its trading issues in difficult financial times.

We don’t seem to have had a spring this year and have gone straight from winter into summer. First cut silage is now under way although it seems the grass has gone backwards over the last few months. 

We are also moving into a show season. The numerous one and multiday shows across the country are an unparalleled show case for British Agriculture. This year that celebration is likely to be muted.


kate saundersThis article is brought to you by Kate Saunders, senior associate in our residential conveyancing team. The Help to Buy ISA Scheme is a new government initiative to encourage first time buyers to save a deposit for the purchase of their first property, by offering them a bonus on the monies that they have saved.

 


SPENSLEY EloiseA number of recently reported cases have shone a light on some of the more unexpected provisions of the commonly used legislation that provides anonymity in respect of court proceedings.

In this article,  published on the specialist journalism website Hold the Front Page, Eloise Spensley, Trainee Chartered Legal Executive, explains the message that even in cases where it seems sensible to conclude that an order may, or should, have lapsed, it is important to check with the Court before taking any decisive action as we know that a breach will almost certainly have serious personal and financial consequences. 

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SINGFIELD PeterProtecting your brand and Intellectual Property (IP) is an important consideration for every type and size of business. Securing ownership of core IP can often be overlooked and failure to do so can result in lost opportunities, or in some cases, infringement by third parties.

In this article, partner Peter Singfield, looks at the potential changes a 'Brexit' could cause in relation to IP rights and protection.


Female red dress HRWelcome to the April bulletin where we summarise the main developments from the last month.

Our "in brief" note sets out recent case law, legislation and consultations to keep you up to speed. We also focus on two recent EAT decisions, one which highlights the risks of contacting an employee during sickness absence and another case which found that an employer was fair to dismiss an employee where it reasonably believed he had no right to work in the UK.

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SPENSLEY EloiseA judgment handed down last month by Mr Justice Arnold in the High Court has clarified the circumstances in which the defence of fair dealing for the purpose of reporting current events can be successfully argued. Specifically, this case concerned short video excerpts taken from earlier broadcasted material.

In this article,  published on the specialist journalism website Hold the Front Page, Eloise Spensley, Trainee Chartered Legal Executive, explains why the rules and exceptions concerning copyright are often difficult to comply with as much of the law is based on judgment.

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BROKMAN SamThe Angela Wrightson case has not been far from the headlines in the last few weeks. Two teenage girls, both now 15 years old, have been convicted and sentenced for her brutal murder.

In this article, published on the specialist journalism website Hold the Front Page, solicitor Sam Brookman discusses why whether the decision in the current case is right or wrong, it is frustrating from a media point of view because there is lack of continuity between cases and an unwanted curtailment of freedom of expression.

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