The latest legal updates for businesses - June 2023

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This quarter’s newsletter focusses on a wide range of articles from Commercial Disputes, Technology, Employment and IP.

Commercial Disputes

Can the Court Save an Otherwise Unenforceable Contractual Provision by Deleting Parts?

In this month’s bulletin, we look at a recent Court of Appeal decision which decided whether or not it was appropriate to narrow the scope of a non-compete clause in a Share Purchase Agreement to prevent the restriction being too wide in scope to be enforceable, by allowing the Trial Judge to delete some of the wording from the agreement.

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Can ChatGPT be used meaningfully in a society that puts privacy first?

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) models, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, are a hot topic. Utilising AI has clear benefits, however, there are also wide ranging concerns about the negative impacts for individuals and society as a whole. This article focusses specifically on the privacy considerations for those looking to utilise generative AI tools and discusses the recent concerns of privacy regulators, as well as the ICO’s guidance on responsible use of generative AI.

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The future of Striking – what does the proposed Minimum Service Level Bill mean for workers?

Striking is a hot topic at the moment and many industries are experiencing an influx in staff engaging in industrial action. The government has begun a Consultation on the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill 2022 – 23. This proposed Bill will require there to be minimum service regulations in 6 areas: health services, fire and rescue services, education services, transport services, nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management, and border security. Employers would be able to issue work notices preventing workers from striking where there is a risk that the necessary service levels will not be met. If you are a business operating in one of the aforementioned 6 areas, you’ll need to keep a close eye on this proposed Bill and how this could impact the company and workers respectively.

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Intellectual Property

Lidl v Tesco - It's the evidence, stupid!

The Lidl v Tesco trade mark case may well be one of the most high profile cases of its nature in 2023. In this month’s Bulletin, we look at why Lidl’s claim succeeded for registered trade mark infringement and the matters which businesses need to consider to avoid trade mark infringement.

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