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Life sciences A to Z - F is for Force Majeure

In recent weeks, the concept of Force Majeure has been talked about more than ever in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. This article considers a number of issues that can arise in connection with the drafting of, and reliance on, Force Majeure...

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Furlough Leave: New guidance (as at 27 March 2020)

The government announced basic details of the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “CJR Scheme”) on 20 March 2020. Further details were released late yesterday (26 March 2020). The new guidance can be found here (updated Guidance). We set...

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European Data Protection Board and Information Commissioners Office release guidance on COVID-19 and the GDPR

Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic involve a fluid, data-forward approach in many jurisdictions, with the gathering and processing of personal data forming a key part. But how does this sit with data protection laws – is it a case of ‘needs...

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How is litigation and arbitration affected by COVID-19?

With the UK in a nationwide lockdown, how is this affecting the continued operation of dispute resolution processes? Here we summarise the responses of the UK courts and international arbitration bodies to COVID-19 as well as looking at the possibility of...

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Life sciences A to Z - F is for fair dealing for research

Fair dealing v fair use UK copyright law contains a number of ‘fair dealing’ exceptions that give third parties limited rights to use a copyright work for certain defined purposes without the copyright owner’s consent. Examples include...

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Companies may elect to receive three month extension period for filing accounts during COVID-19

Companies House has today (25 March) announced that businesses will be given an additional three months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the disruption caused by COVID-19.  This is a joint...

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Unified Patent Court unconstitutional says top German court

Once upon a time, back in 2006, a number of senior European patent judges met in Venice to mull over the woes of the European patent litigation system. These included the need to litigate separately in each European country, conflicting patent judgments in...

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COVID-19 restrictions - implications for tax residence

It is not an overstatement to say that we currently find ourselves in exceptional times.  The measures which have been introduced to attempt to limit the spread of the Coronavirus have wide-ranging impacts for all of us.  As we adapt to the new...

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An employer's guide to coronavirus (as at 25 March 2020)

The law and related guidance relevant to employers when dealing with the coronavirus outbreak is constantly changing. These are fast-moving and unprecedented times, and many employers are left wondering how to manage their workforce in the face of this...

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Five point guide: Impact of COVID-19 on commercial leases: no pay-rent day?

The Government announced yesterday that all commercial tenants in England and Wales will be protected from eviction under new emergency legislation to come into force at the end of the month - a relief for businesses facing quarterly rent bills due on...

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COVID-19 are sites shut down or not?

Confusion has reigned during the course of the day but the picture appears to be becoming clearer.   The prime minister’s announcement of a nationwide shutdown yesterday evening was followed this morning by Michael Gove saying on the Radio 4...

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Brompton bike case unfolds as AG's opinion indicates no copyright infringement

Is a product whose shape is exclusively dictated by its technical function eligible for copyright protection? The recently published opinion of Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona (“ AG ”) has advised the Court of Justice (CJEU) to...

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Confucius said: it does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. COVID-19 and your building project

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the...

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Red Bull defeats charging rams

The English High Court has held [i] that an energy drink featuring a charging ram logo reminiscent of Red Bull’s charging bulls infringed Red Bull’s trade marks by free-riding on its considerable reputation. Infringement arose even though...

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Coronavirus and IP registries

Both courts and IP registries are making some procedural adjustments to ease the burden for users and staff and to comply with Government advice on safety during the Coronavirus emergency. In the courts telephone and video hearings are now the default...

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What help is available for start-ups and SMEs whilst the world is on hold tackling COVID-19?

In the UK, the Chancellor has set out a package of measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. The measures currently include £330bn in loans, £20bn in other aid, a business rates holiday, deferred VAT...

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COVID-19: Duties of Directors in challenging times

As businesses and companies in the UK face an uncertain few weeks and months with unprecedented pressures, it can be easy for directors to panic and not know where to turn.  To assist in decision-making, we give a reminder of the law in this area, and...

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Coronavirus: latest developments for employers (as at 17:00 on 20 March 2020)

As the coronavirus situation escalates, and the government’s response intensifies, there have been a number of key legal developments affecting employers and their workforces.  We summarise some of these new developments below, as we continue to...

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Coronavirus: commercial contract considerations

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, the areas of challenge for most businesses are wide ranging.  For many, the management of contracts with suppliers and customers is a very real concern.  Businesses may well be able to resolve...

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Signing documents whilst in isolation

During periods of social-distancing and self-isolation, electronic signature platforms (such as DocuSign and Adobe Sign) will be an effective and efficient way to get documents signed. But remember, if you are executing deeds electronically: Where a...

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Coronavirus and finance transactions: issues for corporate borrowers and funders to consider

Covid-19 has spread rapidly throughout the globe since it first emerged in China at the end of 2019.  As governments, businesses and individuals all take measures to protect against the potential public health issues that the coronavirus poses, its...

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Coronavirus: update for employers (as at 18 March 2020)

The pace of change in guidance on the coronavirus outbreak for employers and employees has not slowed this week. Boris Johnson announced a number of key new measures on Monday 16 March in relation to the coronavirus situation. Public Health England has...

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News Alert - IR35 reform postponed to 2021

Last night the UK Government confirmed that implementation of the reforms to “off-payroll” working (IR35) in the private sector would be postponed to April 2021. Although no changes to the substance of the rules are expected, it does allow...

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Floating charge holders take note - the "Prescribed Part" for unsecured creditors is increasing

Hot on the heels of our April 2020 article on the proposed reintroduction of the Crown preference , Parliament has recently approved legislation that will increase the ring-fenced amount available to unsecured creditors on an insolvency of a company from...

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Coronavirus and property notices

Monitoring post during any period of lockdown As many businesses prepare to shut their doors for a period of home working or temporary closure in response to coronavirus it is important to give some thought to how your business will monitor post during this...

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EDPB guidance on connected cars & personal data

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has released new guidance on processing personal data in the context of connected vehicles and mobility related applications.  This important guidance will be mandatory reading for those in the automotive...

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Coronavirus: update for employers (as at 13 March 2020)

The coronavirus situation is fast-moving and there have been a number of key announcements from the government about changes to employment law in the last few days.  Some of these changes have now come into force, but other changes await further...

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Spring Budget 2020: what do employers need to know?

The news headlines following the Spring Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020 largely focussed on the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including previously announced changes to the statutory sick pay regime.  There were,...

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The 2020 budget delays the re-introduction of HMRC's priority in insolvency proceedings

In our last article, which can be found here , we reported on the government’s intention to give HMRC priority in the recovery of certain debts (including VAT, PAYE, Employee NICs, and Construction Industry Scheme deductions ) in insolvency...

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Termination payments: NICs changes from 6 April 2020

After a 2 year delay, the National Insurance Contributions (NICs) rules affecting termination payments are changing with effect from 6 April 2020. The new rules will apply to termination payments over £30,000 that are paid to employees on or after 6...

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