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Carillion - Was the writing on the wall?

On 15 January 2018, Carillion PLC, the UK’s second largest construction company, was placed into compulsory liquidation. The move came after discussions over the weekend between the firm, its lenders and the Government failed to reach a deal to save...

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Severe weather warnings for the High Street: how should retailers weather the storm?

Figures compiled by Deloitte show a 28% increase in the number of retailers filing for administration in 2017 when compared to 2016.  This is hardly surprising considering the squeeze on household incomes resulting from inflation outpacing wages. ...

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Small Business Commissioner: Payments complaints scheme now open

The role of the Small Business Commissioner (“SBC”) was created under the Enterprise Act 2016. The SBC is now available to accept complaints from small businesses with a view to helping them resolve payment disputes with larger businesses and...

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New disclosure pilot winging its way to the Business and Property Courts

A working group chaired by Lady Justice Gloster has released new disclosure rules which seek to simplify the current disclosure rules. The proposed rules are the subject of a consultation which runs until 28 February 2018, after which it is intended for...

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New limits on sponsorship certificates impacting the ability to bring key staff to the UK

Kerry Garcia and Jackie Penlington discuss the details on the new sponsorship limits and provide other options to consider in this recent article appearing in Personnel Today. Please see the full article here ....

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Abolition of payment surcharges

With effect from 13th January 2018 traders will be banned from charging consumers any surcharges based on the consumer’s payment method on nearly all retail transactions within the EEA courtesy of the Payment Services Regulations 2017. The Payment...

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Top 5 tips for loan investors in 2018

According to her New Year message, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, expects Britons to feel renewed confidence and pride in 2018. You may have noticed that Mrs May’s expectations are not always realised, but hopefully banks and other debt investors...

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A cautionary tale: US$70 million damages order under cross-undertaking upheld by Court of Appeal

We have been involved in several injunction applications recently. A key consideration in injunctive proceedings is the potential impact of the order on a defendant. If an injunction is granted and the court later decides it should not have been, the...

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Guidelines on fines under the GDPR- Article 29 Working Party

Article 29 Working Party Guidelines on fines under the GDPR The Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) (a European advisory body on data protection and privacy) adopted  guidelines  for supervisory authorities on setting fines under the...

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Stevens & Bolton advises Stackhouse Poland on its acquisition of Caprica Healthcare

Stevens & Bolton LLP has advised longstanding client Stackhouse Poland, on its acquisition of Caprica Healthcare, a specialist private medical insurance broker to both commercial and private clients. Stackhouse Poland is an award winning top 10...

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Quota reached in December 2017 for Tier 2 restricted Certificates of Sponsorship

Employers wishing to sponsor non-EEA nationals under Tier 2 (General) should be aware that there is no guarantee that an application for a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship will be successful as there is a real risk that the cap will be reached again,...

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Choosing a name for your company? Our top 10 tips on complying with UK company name restrictions

A recent Freedom of Information request by BBC Wales revealed that almost 50 company names were rejected over the last year because they were deemed potentially offensive. Amongst these were ‘Titanic Holdings Limited’ and ‘Sod it Systems...

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Changes to the immigration rules

There were a number of changes to the Immigration Rules in December 2017 which take effect from 11 January 2018. Key points for employers to be aware of in relation to Tier 2 sponsorship are as follows: Tier 2 migrants no longer need to have been...

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Automatic enrolment update

When the automatic enrolment legislation was first introduced in 2012 it brought in dramatic changes for employers in respect of pension provision for their workers.  For the first time ever employers were required to contribute to a qualifying...

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Whistleblowing laws will not protect employees who do not come with clean hands

Following the decision in Chesterton v Nurmohamed, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held in Parsons v Airplus International that if the only motivation for making a disclosure is self-interest, it will not qualify as a protective disclosure against...

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Toys 'R' Us, Toys 'R' Us, Toys 'R'...bust? Or maybe not

Twas was the week before Christmas when, many lightyears ago as kids, we ran joyously up and down the aisles of a Toys R Us store hoping Santa was going to deliver our selected gifts. Sadly those days might become a distant memory with the recent news that...

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What rights do apprentices have?

What rights do apprentices have? S&B's Abigail Etchells explains in this recent article in People Management. Please see the full article available here ....

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Where a bankrupt is repeatedly uncooperative, a trustee in bankruptcy can apply for a committal order for contempt - but what is the correct procedure?

In the recent case of Simmonds v Pearce [2017] EWHC 35 (QB) , the High Court confirmed the correct procedure for a trustee in bankruptcy to initiate committal proceedings against a bankrupt, where there was failure to comply with his statutory obligations...

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Knowing me, knowing yule...but do you really know your lender?

With the festive season now in full swing, many (well, some) borrowers will be sending their season’s best wishes to their lenders. But how many corporate borrowers know their lenders? Most will likely think they do but the answer is not always...

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Court of Appeal restores orthodoxy on burden of proof in discrimination claims

We reported on a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Efobi v Royal Mail Group Ltd in September 2017. Please see the previous article here . This case changed the long established approach that the claimant bears the initial burden of proof in...

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Brexit: UK and European Life Science Industry Coalition Position paper

On 14 December 2017 groups representing the life sciences industry across the UK and Europe published a position paper on Brexit, which is available here .  It follows a joint letter written in July 2017 to the UK and EU negotiating teams . It shows...

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An Introduction to Business Funding Options

S&B Partner Jenny Robertson provides business owners and entrepreneurs an overview of financing options in this new article in MinuteHack. Please see the full article here ....

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No transfer of undertaking where a gap between contracts

The Advocate General considers there was no transfer of an undertaking where there was a break of 5 months between old and new contracts In the Spanish case of Colino Sigüenza v Ayuntamiento de Valladolid and others, the Advocate General found that...

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UK Supreme Court rules that debts under letters of credit are located where the issuer resides

The Supreme Court recently held that a debt under a letter of credit is situated where the issuing bank (as debtor) resides and not where the debt has to be paid. The relevant case is Taurus Petroleum Limited v State Oil Marketing Company of the Ministry...

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Supply chain control for retailers in the busy shopping season

Charles Maurice provides insight for retailers to help make it through this busy shopping period in this recent article in Essential Retail. Please see the full article here ....

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Third party costs liability and group companies: Beware of inadvertently creating a costs exposure by funding litigation

A recent decision of the High Court has highlighted the need for group companies to be particularly cautious when considering whether to provide assistance for the purpose of bringing or defending claims. The court has discretion to determine by whom and to...

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Will AI need protection?

Tom Lingard and Camille Arnold discuss the artificial intelligence legal landscape for the not too distant future in a new article in ITProPortal. Please see the full article here ....

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Brexit and the relocation of the EMA: How will it impact the MHRA?

The MHRA is the regulatory body in the UK which licences medicines and medical devices, either just for the UK or using the EU centralised procedure which allows companies to sell products throughout the EU. The UK Parliament’s briefing paper on...

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Business-friendly Court reforms

A number of recent reforms to the English courts will have a noticeable impact on businesses conducting litigation here. For the most part, these reforms are welcomed as increasing access to a more cost-efficient and streamlined court system, but there are...

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Copyright update published in Intellectual Property Magazine

Our IP team members Tom Lingard, Tom Collins and Camille Arnold bring you an informative update on copyright law at the EU and UK level in this article published in Intellectual Property Magazine. Please see the full article available here ....

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