Monthly Archives: August 2013

Collective consultation – A significant change in the law

Earlier this year, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) decided on a case, which is likely to have far reaching consequences for employers seeking to make multiple employees redundant over several different offices. The Case The case in question (one of … Continue reading

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The Sweet Success

Celebrity endorsement can reap huge rewards for a brand. But I wonder how many celebrities have considered changing their name to match that of the goods or services they are promoting. As if the brand name wasn’t close enough already, … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal rules on Tenancy Deposit

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The Housing Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011 ) came into effect in April 2007. The Act requires a tenant’s deposit to be protected in an approved tenancy deposit scheme within 14 days of being received by the … Continue reading

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The strength of the mighty?

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When a wealthy and powerful firm takes offence at the use of a trade mark small firms are placed in a tricky situation. Do they stand firm or, in fear of being sued, do they back down? In a recent … Continue reading

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It’s not what you sign but the way that you sign it

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In commercial dealings getting the names right can be critical and particularly in the case of when you are dealing with a company.  In the recent case of Hamid v Francis Bradshaw Partnership the Court of Appeal had to decide … Continue reading

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Blacks sponsor Bingley Music Live 2013

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We are very excited to announce that we are sponsoring this year’s Bingley Music Live festival.  Now in its seventh year, Bingley Music Live will be held at Myrtle Park in Bingley, West Yorkshire between 30th August and 1st September. … Continue reading

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HMRC Commissioners v Whiteley – Reasonable adjustments in circumstances where the employee’s disability interacts with other ailments

I was involved with a case earlier this year (HMRC Commissioners v Whiteley) which involved the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) considering what approach should be taken by employers in making adjustments for employees that suffer from conditions which have a close … Continue reading

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Right to die appeal dismissed – They’ve lost the battle but will they win the war?

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The Court of Appeal has upheld the High court decision that denied Tony Nicklinson the right to die. The decision confirms the longstanding legal principle that assisted suicide is unlawful. Tony Nicklinson suffered a stroke whilst on a business trip … Continue reading

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To play or withdraw? Playing games with injuries

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Hopefully it was with a strong sense of irony that the ATP /WTA  noticed that whilst the tennis ‘story’ of the second half of last year was Rafa Nadal’s serious knee injuries (through years of wear and tear on the … Continue reading

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Down To A Tee

A reference to the High Court case of Fenty –v- Arcadia may not ring any bells, but mention of Rihanna –v- Topshop, pop megastar and clothing giant respectively, certainly gets people talking – and not just celebrity magazines. Topshop had … Continue reading

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