CONTACT US 0845 345 5004
  • being awesome
  • new-bnnr-3
  • new-bnnr-2
  • new-bnnr-4
  • new-bnnr-5-1

Latest Blogs

Is offering enhanced maternity leave but not offering enhanced shared parental leave discriminatory?

No said some recent court decisions – read on for further details.The BackgroundShared parental leave is an incentive introduced by the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 to encourage parents to share the leave after baby is born for the purposes of caring for their child.  It replaces the former benefit available to partners of additional paternity leave.  Essentially, mothers choose to end their maternity leave, and at this point the rest of what would be maternity leave is converted to shared parental leave available for both parents to share.  Whilst shared parental leave sounds like the perfect solution the uptake by...
Continue reading
  83 Hits
83 Hits

Novation v Assignment

You may have seen the headlines about Jingye, a Chinese conglomerate, recently acquiring long-suffering British Steel with promises of a huge £1.2 billion investment over the next decade. When a takeover occurs, whether with a major conglomeration or a small start-up, standard corporate transactions and due diligence are matters we typically handle. But, we also frequently advise on how to deal with the company’s commercial contracts during a change of control. Generally, there will be either an assignment or a novation.AssignmentThe assignment (or the assignation, if you’re in Scotland) of a contract will not transfer the entire contract to a third...
Continue reading
  43 Hits
43 Hits

Megan Markle

Royal CopyrightRecently, a former actress best known for her role as a lawyer in a hard-hitting law firm made waves by filing her own, personal high-profile lawsuit. Meghan Markle, former Suits actress and current Duchess of Sussex, brought a court action against Associated Newspapers, the parent company to some of the largest tabloids in the United Kingdom, after it published a letter she had written to her father last year.Her claim involves issues of copyright infringement, among other assertions of invasion of privacy. There is no doubt this case is salacious – but does her claim of copyright infringement have merit?Copyright...
Continue reading
  129 Hits
129 Hits

It is a new world under GDPR

The imposition of GDPR and uncertainty surrounding Brexit has created a challenging environment for businesses in the U.K. Stricter regulations, stronger protections individual privacy, and heftier fines have left businesses with a stark realisation of their obligations under the GDPR. Plus, it appears that the data protection regime post-Brexit will impose additional challenges for businesses large and small, especially in the tech sector. The Old WorldUnder the former regime, the Information Commissioner’s Office had generally not reached the maximum fine of £500,000. Most major breaches left companies paying between £250,000 and £400,000. Facebook was the last company fined under the old law...
Continue reading
  147 Hits
147 Hits

Mortgage Repossession - the uncertain consequences of the Decision in Royal Bank of Scotland Plc. v. Jamieson on Calling Up Notices

The recent case of Royal Bank of Scotland Plc. v. Jamieson has rejected a previously accepted practice in relation to the sending of a Calling Up Notice (“CUN”) to the Extractor of the Court of Session. The practical ramifications of this decision are uncertain and this case has raised more questions than it has answered. Further case law is going to be needed to clarify how CUNs are to be dealt with in the future.BackgroundA creditor holding a standard security can issue a CUN to call up the loan and seek repayment.  In this case, when the creditor (RBS) attempted to...
Continue reading
  255 Hits
255 Hits

Contact us

Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
Invalid Input
You must confirm you have read and accept our Website Privacy Policy.
Invalid Input