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The Environment Bill 2019 - Water, Water, Everywhere
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2019

Part 5 of the Environment Bill, contains a number of disparate proposals relating to water – which could have major implications for many. Senior associate Joanne Sear and solicitor Grace Mitchell take a look at some of the key points in the Bill. Water resources planning According to its explanatory notes, the Bill is intended to “improve… water resources planning” and “facilitate… collaborative regional planning”...

Directors to Get Better Protection From Fraud
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2019

The UK government has announced changes to legislation to reduce the risk of fraud, violence or intimidation faced by company directors as a result of having their residential addresses on the public record. For a number of years, directors have been able to keep their residential address details private by making use of a separate service address, often the company's registered office...

Develop and Be Damned is Not a Good Strategy
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2018

The Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants where a developer deliberately builds houses on land in breach of those covenants. Background Millgate, a property developer, obtained planning permission for, and then built, houses and flats on a development site. Part of the land was subject to a restrictive covenant that prevented residential development. Millgate was aware of the covenant but chose to ignore it...

From Footfall to Clicks - The Experts Talk Retail Risk
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2018

Over the last few years, news that some of the nation's most iconic retail stores have closed has become more frequent. Yesterday, Poundworld entered administration. Last week, House of Fraser announced it would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some the UK's largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever since the advent of a new pastime - buying online...

UK Industrial Strategy - Creative Industries Sector Deal
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published the Creative Industries Sector Deal aimed at making the UK the best place in the world for businesses in the creative industries. This is the latest sector deal to flow from the government's Industrial Strategy White Paper after sector deals for life sciences and the automotive industry were announced in late 2017/early 2018, respectively...

EU Data Protection Reform - The removal of red tape for SMEs
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2017

One step closer to implementation of the reforms relating to EU data protection regulation, this article looks at some of the implications that the reforms are likely to have for SMEs. Key progress was made in the reform of EU data protection regulation on 12 March 2014 with the European Parliament voting in support of reform and the draft General Data Protection Regulation (the "Regulation"). The Regulation must now be adopted by the Council of Ministers in order to become law...

The Polluter Does Not Always Pay
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2017

  Local authorities will welcome a decision by the Court of Appeal that Powys County Council is not liable for contamination caused by a former landfill site operated by its predecessor. However, the decision is not such good news for landowners. Background Mr Price and Mrs Hardwick own a farm near Builth Wells in mid-Wales...

A New Connectivity: Revised Electronic Communications Code is Launched
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2017

  The Digital Economy Act 2017 introduces a new electronic communications code, intended to facilitate widespread connectivity and address some of the critical issues that currently beset the telecoms industry. The current electronic communications code was issued in 1984 and it was designed to facilitate the installation and maintenance of fixed line communications networks...

Uncertainty Ahead for the Contaminated Land Regime?
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2017

  A successful appeal against a remediation notice has highlighted the difficulties faced by local authorities when trying to secure the remediation of contaminated land. The appeal is only the second appeal to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (SoS) since the contaminated land regime in Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 was implemented in 2000...

Are Trade Marks Fair Game for Use as Google AdWords?
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2017

This article looks at the rise of online advertising amongst brand owners and the impact on Google AdWords. Expenditure on internet advertising in the UK rose by over 15% in the second half of 2016 and is set to increase further this year. With the appetite for online and mobile advertising growing amongst brand owners, the role of Google AdWords appears to be increasing in significance...

Insurer v Insured - Certainty is King
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2017

The Court of Appeal has provided useful insight into the meaning of the phrase 'as soon as possible' in relation to insurance policy notification obligations. How will this decision impact upon both insurers and insured parties? In Zurich Insurance plc v Maccaferri Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ...

Land Registry Restrictions - Beware A Blanket Approach
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2017

Residential developers should be aware that agreeing to enter a Land Registry restriction on the title to a property may inhibit their ability to manage it. A positive obligation relating to land will not, as a matter of law, bind future owners of the land. To ensure that it will, the original parties to that land obligation will often agree that any future owner enters into an identical obligation on its purchase of the land...

When Is 'Close of Business'?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2017

'Close of business' is a term many people use in their day to day working life without much thought. But what does it actually mean and should the term be used in contractual documentation? Agreeing to get something done by 'close of business' is a phrase often used when flexibility is required as to the time a task will be completed. It makes it clear the task will be done that day, but not by a particular time...

Look to the Fuchsia
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2016

A recent case has demonstrated the importance of inspecting the boundaries of a property before buying it. Solicitors will generally advise a client buying a property to carry out an inspection beforehand, to check that nothing unusual is revealed. Typical issues that might be spotted are boundaries that do not follow the Land Registry's title plan and gaps in a fence suggesting that third parties are using the property as a short cut...

Designers Beware - You Can Lose the Right to Use Your Own Name
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2016

The most recent example of a fashion designer losing the right to use his/her name came about this week. Karen Millen lost her court battle to challenge the agreement reached after the sale of her business to Baugur for £95m in 2004 which stated that she could not use her name in business in the future...

Cybercrime: it's a question of 'when', not 'if' for business
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2016

Businesses face an increasing number of challenges and one of the most severe and potentially damaging is that of cybercrime. Fallout from a cyber-attack can result in both physical as well as reputational damage and the loss of business and customers. Chilling words - particularly given how much British businesses now rely on their online presence...

Bracing for Brexit: countdown to impact
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2016

With increasing numbers campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, ever closer union is looking ever more uncertain. Opinion about the positive and negative aspects of Britain remaining within the EU is diverse. Whatever decision is made, companies need to be prepared for the potential outcomes. This article looks at the likely impact of the referendum (whatever its outcome) and provides some positive steps for companies to take...

Pharmacists and those in the healthcare sector must be aware of new requirements under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2016

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduces a new area of compliance for commercial organisations. The Act is amongst the toughest anti-slavery and human trafficking legislation in the world. Although legal penalties are restricted, interest from patients, consumers, investors, NGOs, pressure groups and brand risk is expected to enforce compliance...

The National Living Wage: time to prepare
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2016

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 come into force on 1 April 2016. Employers need to be aware of their new obligations in good time to ensure compliance. What is the National Living Wage? The National Living Wage (NLW) is a new, mandatory premium to be paid on top of the current national minimum wage (NMW). This will increase minimum pay for all workers over the age of 25. Workers under this age will be unaffected...

The new apprenticeship levy: what does it mean for employers?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2016

The government recently published draft legislation introducing an apprenticeship levy which is expected to come into force on 6 April 2017. In this article we look at the impact on employers. What is the apprenticeship levy? In last year's budget, the government announced its intention to introduce a levy on large employers in order to fund 3 million new apprenticeships in England by 2020...

The EU-US Privacy Shield - a new safe harbor?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2016

The European Court of Justice ruled last October that the data sharing framework between the EU and US, referred to as Safe Harbor, is no longer valid. On 2 February 2016, the EU and US authorities agreed in principle on a 'new' arrangement, known as the 'EU-US Privacy Shield', which is intended to replace 'Safe Harbor'...

Zero hours contracts: proper protections for staff now in place
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2016

With the use of zero-hours contracts 'ZHCs' increasing and new regulations in this area coming into effect, employers should ensure compliance with the new rules. Background Since our previous article, the Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 (the 'Regulations') came into force on 11 January 2016...

Happy Birthday lyrics: will they stay in the public domain?
Shoosmiths LLP, November 2015

On 22 September 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California considered whether Warner/Chappel Music, Inc. (Warner) owned the copyright to the infamous Happy Birthday lyrics. U.S. District Judge George H. King held that Warner, which had been receiving c$2million dollars per year in royalties, failed to adduce convincing evidence that it owned the copyright to the Happy Birthday lyrics (as distinct from the melody which is already in the public domain)...

Modern slavery and supply chains: steps to take now
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2015

The government's stated approach to transparency in the supply chain provisions is to strike a balance between improving transparency in the supply chain whilst ensuring that businesses take appropriate and proportionate action to tackle modern slavery. The government's response provides useful definitions which are encompassed within the term 'modern slavery' for the purposes of the Modern Slavery Act 2015...

EU judgments: easy enforceability in England?
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2015

One of the central functions of a contract is to be able to enforce its obligations. Within the EU, under the new Recast Brussels Regulation (the Regulation), it is now easier, quicker and cheaper to enforce EU judgments within England and Wales. The Regulation applies to all proceedings instituted on or after 10 January 2015 within the EU. This article looks at the key changes introduced and key points to be aware of when seeking to enforce...

 

 

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