Commercial Client News

Discrimination on the Grounds of Religion or BeliefOctober 18, 2017

A Pentecostal Christian has failed to persuade the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that the Employment Tribunal (ET) erred in dismissing his claim that he had...

Government Makes Tendering Process EasierOctober 16, 2017

The complexity and length of the tendering process for government contracts has for many years operated as a significant deterrent for small businesses that might...

Parental Bereavement Bill PublishedOctober 16, 2017

Employers are not currently required to give paid leave to grieving parents. Section 57A(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 gives employees the right to...

Do You Know Who Actually Owns the Patents You Depend On?October 12, 2017

A great many companies depend on patents for their profitability, and doubts over ownership of intellectual property (IP) rights can put their very survival in...

Breach of Contract – Court Takes Commercial ApproachOctober 8, 2017

Making the right decisions in the immediate aftermath of a breach of contract is of critical importance and, at such knife-edge moments, legal advice is...

Landlord’s Motivation for Work Not in Point, Rules CourtOctober 2, 2017

A recent case decided by the High Court will (if not overturned on appeal) have potential implications for some commercial tenants seeking renewals of their...

GDPR – ICO Consults on Written ContractsSeptember 29, 2017

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will apply to all EU member states from 25 May 2018, data processors have new responsibilities and...

Recovery of Cross-Border DebtsSeptember 28, 2017

Firms and people who fail to pay their bills are a significant nuisance for any business, but when the debtor is abroad, there may be...

Court Robust in Protection of Motor Giant Trade MarkSeptember 26, 2017

Motor giant BMW, challenging a decision over the use of its trade mark with which it disagreed, has won its appeal in the Court of...

The Role of Companions at Disciplinary and Grievance HearingsAugust 28, 2017

Under the Employment Relations Act 1999 a worker has the right to be accompanied by a fellow worker or trade union representative at an internal...

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