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Asda fined £664,000 after mouse droppings were found on cheese rolls

Thursday, 8th December 2016

Vermin is something that food companies are likely to have to consider at some point, if not on an ongoing basis. This case unfortunately shows an extreme example where there were serious failures in food and hygiene standards, and where that could lead in terms of sentencing.

Brexit negotiations: Starting with the UPC Agreement

Wednesday, 7th December 2016

As Brexit looms, Ashfords head of patents Kaya Elkiner explores what the future may hold for the role of the Unified Patent Court in the UK.

Farm Business Innovation Show 2016

Wednesday, 7th December 2016

Ashfords' Business Regulatory Consultancy and Agriculture Sector Teams attended the Farm Business Innovation Show at The NEC, Birmingham on 8 - 9 November along with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute ("CTSI").

The UK will have to reach a Brexit deal with the European Union by October 2018, but "cherry picking" is not an option

Tuesday, 6th December 2016

We are now in the second day of the four day hearing of the Supreme Court case on the Government appealing the Brexit process. It has today been announced that the UK will have to reach a Brexit deal with the EU by October 2018.

Farmers - beware the risks of insolvency

Tuesday, 6th December 2016

It is an unfortunate reality that many farming businesses are operating at their limits and are struggling financially. There are several aspects of the insolvency law that should be borne in mind should you run your farm through a limited company that begins to face financial difficulty.

XYBC Christmas Lunch - 2016

Tuesday, 6th December 2016

The annual Exeter Young Business Club Christmas Lunch took place on Friday 2 December.

Redundancy: Can an "Insensitive" and "Perfunctory" Redundancy Consultation amount to unfair dismissal?

Monday, 5th December 2016

The EAT recently provided useful guidance and warnings to employers engaging in a redundancy consultation. In Thomas v BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Ltd, the EAT overturned the Tribunal's judgement that, despite the redundancy consultation being "insensitive and perfunctory", the dismissal was fair.

Accidents in an EU state - will Brexit continue to protect British victims of uninsured drivers?

Monday, 5th December 2016

What can be worse than having a road an accident while travelling in another country? Probably finding out that the other driver was uninsured.

The ‘vampire economy’—a legal perspective

Friday, 2nd December 2016

Commercial analysis: A recent report highlighted some of the issues surrounding vulnerable consumers who are encouraged to buy online at night—a phenomenon dubbed the ‘vampire economy’. Hannah Batten, solicitor at Ashfords, and Louise Workman, partner at the firm, consider some of the legal angles of this trend.

Top importer KandyToys Limited acquired by management team

Friday, 2nd December 2016

A Devon company, which has become one of the UK’s top importers of toys, gifts, beach goods and confectionery has been acquired by its management team for an undisclosed sum.

Confidential Information: The Importance of NDAs

Friday, 2nd December 2016

Confidentiality agreements, also known as Non-Disclosure Agreements ("NDA"), are designed to protect crucial and commercially sensitive business information, for example, manufacturing processes, secret recipes, customer lists, know-how, ideas, business plans and technical data.

The snooper’s charter is evolutionary, not revolutionary

Thursday, 1st December 2016

This week the Investigatory Powers Bill, also known as the "snooper's charter" due to the range of provisions linked to obtaining communications data, has become law. The Bill has provoked concerns over personal privacy, but does the law really deserve such censure.

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